An experience of a lifetime made possible by the El Nomad Immersion Program! Past Review

By (Pre-med, University of North Carolina - Charlotte) - abroad from 05/12/2012 to 06/25/2012 with

Ecuador Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Thanks to the experiences I have had through my medical internship and the various cultural events I have experienced during my stay in Cuenca, I have grown to love Latino culture and the variety of opportunities studying abroad has to offer. I am forever grateful for this once in a lifetime experience and for all the staff at El Nomad that made my time in Ecuador incredible.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Homestay option

* 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:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When you take out money from the ATM, I advice taking out large sums at a time as the cost of using the machine sometimes exceeds $2 per visit.


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Second year of college
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just keep speaking it, even when it seems difficult.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • incredible local cultural experiences
  • hiking the Cajas National Park
  • visiting Incapirca ruines
* What could be improved?
  • more group events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Always ask for help when you need it, and homesickness always passes.