There is an expression in Russian that goes like this "Где стою, там и говорю". If I were to translate it, it would mean something like "anywhere I stand, everywhere I talk". The translation sounds strange, I am sure. But the gist is: if you are trying to spread the word, raise awareness, or bring attention to something, you talk about it in every place [you stand].
So, that's what I have been doing-talking about my inquiry project everywhere to everyone. For instance, last week, a young girl [a UAndes student] helped me with directions on a crowded bus, we started talking, turned out her sister is a teacher in Providencia!
Stayed in AirBnB in La Serena, the owners were retired university professors, have tons of contacts in the education system. Was buying books in a bookstore, gave my elevator speech, left my card-the owner said she has editors and illustrators that she works with. Connected with Sofia Gassmann on Instagram via her account @creandoaprendo (a must follow if you are a teacher!)-met with her yesterday to talk shop and set up some visits to her school. She took me to a bookstore in Santiago called Plop! Galería where, of course, I bought quite a few books for the kids. Couldn't help myself!
In addition to me seeking connections informally, I met with the Fulbright Commission here in Santiago and they passed along some leads and suggestions on how to proceed with my study. Lastly and most importantly, my mentor Zenaida Suárez Mayor at the University of the Andes has been helping me a lot with leads, events, or simply by finding books and articles that relate to my inquiry project.