Being blessed while blessing the lifes' of others. Past Review

By (Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/11/2012 to 08/16/2012 with

Brigham Young University: LDS Employment Services Spanish International Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to help others and open up and not be scared to meet new people even in a new culture. I learned how to be independent in helping others and making decisions to help others make their decisions. I learned how to be independent outside of a Mormon atmosphere. I learned how to worry less about myself and worry about others needs. It was certainly worthwhile!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: BYU-Provo
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned a lot about the culture in Mexico

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

He was a very nice and amazing man

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The house was very big and nice with a perfect location to the employment center.

* Food:

I loved the food in Mexico that I had the opportunity to eat.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

100% integrated in the culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any health problems while in Mexico.

* Safety:

I felt 100% safe all the time.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Things are a lot cheaper in Mexico so I was fine money wise.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't let the locals take advatage of you because you look like a forgiener.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

100%. Everything was done in the local language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 321
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak as much as you can always. Forget English!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Being submerged in the culture and speaking the local language 24/7.
  • The amazingly nice locals.
  • The food.
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe a little bit more info on places to go and things to visit.
  • Less restrictions on travel.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How fun it was going to be and not to worry about anything.