And, of course, my one or two words of Spanish were not enough for me to deliver the course in Spanish! So I worked with an excellent young Vet who mirrored my enthusiasm for the topic! Although by the 3rd day we were both quite worn out! I was pleased to find out that despite the differences between our countries – and our extension experiences and thinking – most participants really appeared to get something out of the course. Naturally I ran it in an “adult learning” fashion which meant the focus was on how the course material related to their own work – and how their work informed the course. Go the adult learning approach – it works!
I did manage to have a little bit of a look around Chile again – and found Puerto Montt a particularly interesting seafront to visit! I also got back to Puerto Varas – a favoured holiday destination for Chileans (and where the conference was held last year).
Meanwhile, back in Australia over the last months, Amy, Ben and I – and our chief interviewer Liesel – have been flat out on a range of projects. It has been a rather busy year and by the demand, it would appear that project evaluation is continuing to be focus a around the country! And the interest in extension and extension training is also on the rise – not just in Chile, but also Australia. I once wrote in a paper that “extension was the oil that made things happen” – and it is proving to be the case. If you want research and policies to be relevant, you need to be proactively engaging with the relevant communities!
Who knows – I may find myself back on Chile again. I had better brush up on my Spanish! Hasta luego!