06 Oct Life as an Expat in Santiago Chile
Every wonder what life as an expat in Chile would be like? Drew spent 8 months living the expat life in Santiago Chile. I asked him to share with us her experience as an expat in Chile, here’s what Drew had to say.
Expat in Santiago Chile
Since my departure from Zillow in 2010, I’ve been traveling extensively without a permanent home. I’ve spent most of that time undertaking various web and mobile app product design/strategy consulting projects while bootstrapping two travel products with the goal of making community accessible anywhere, Oh Hey World & more recently Horizon.
The reason I live(d) in Santiago from July 2014-February 2015 was because Horizon (AirBnB/Couchsurfing within trusted networks) was accepted into the Generation 10 of the Start-Up Chile program to spend at least 6 months working from Chile. Arriving in Santiago has been the least culture shock I’ve ever experienced. Even less than Europe. Aside from the lack of English, Santiago seems like just another United States city. Very modern with clean streets, and relatively safe in most areas.
The metro system is amazing (beats Seattle by 1000x). Largely due to Start-Up Chile’s investment in entrepreneurship by the government, Santiago is a vibrant startup community with talent in a number of industries. Of course, that makes it a great spot for foreign entrepreneurs and digital nomads to find like-minded individuals. Valparaiso, a very artsy city on the ocean known for it’s vast street art, is only an hour away.
Drew Meyers is from Seattle. Techie. Entrepreneur. Microfinance advocate. Travel addict. Alum of University of Washington, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Zillow. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva. Co-Founder – Horizon.