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Every year at the University Diego Portales in Chile, a group of professors are selected as outstanding faculty members for their excellence in teaching and receive the reward of coming to Boston, MA to participate in the LASPAU program, “Innovative Teaching for Deeper Learning.” This year, the 6th cohort from Universidad Diego Portales engaged in ten sessions that focused on critical topics such as assessing one’s teaching, effective discussion leading, designing and integrating communication intensive assignments, and project-based learning, among others.

At the school where he took English classes in Bolivia, Ronny Bazan Antequera spotted a poster advertising Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities. He was curious and decided to learn more. After learning about the scholarship he made up his mind to apply, but not for two more years. For those next two years, Ronny focused on preparing the best application possible by working on his English, studying test preparation books he borrowed from Education USA and taking sample tests of the TOEFL, GRE and PAEP exams. His application was successful and in 2012, he started his Master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia, one of his top choice schools for his field.

On a mild day in Bogotá, the last day of June to be precise, in 1965, a group of students embarked on a trip that would change their lives forever. The Aerocóndor airplane left Colombia, with 39 students on board (5 women and 34 men). For many of these students it was their first time on an airplane as well as their first time outside of their own country. The plane’s final destination was Miami but that would not be the end of the trip.