Namibia: Once-in-a-lifetime-experience and Eye Opening Past Review

By (Mechanical Engineering., Valparaiso University) for

CGEE: Windhoek - Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worth it. It really helped me to grow up and look at the world from a different pair of eyes.

Personal Information

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 loved hearing from different speakers in our classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This program attracts people with similar majors. It would have been nice to have more variety.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was only two showers and one toilet for 16 girls. For most of the time we all lived in a house with 5 bedrooms but throughout the program we spent a week with three different families.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe during this program. They really looked out for us.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy souviners right away. Wait until you find something that you really like or when you have had time to look at everything else.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none- it was English

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans