"A time to find my voice" in Quito Past Review

By (Nursing, Otterbein University) for

Ecuador Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very much so, I am still actively reflecting on the expereince and finding how it has helped to define and direct my life. The implications are/will be great.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: no other programs
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Spanish Studies and Medical Volunteer Experience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I felt fully supported through the program, the school, and my family

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in a safe and appropriate apartment. I was treated very kindly by the family and was accepted.

* Food:

We provided with meals everyday and was more than content with what was provided

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I attended many cultural events in the city and through the country when they presented themselves and also to part in the city night life

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There were saftey concerns like any anther city however I felt safe during my time in Ecuador

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I lived with a host family that spoke Spanish in the home and my school that I attended was an all Spanish speaking school.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I went for a limited time due to my studies in the states however I would alway recommend to take advantage of opportunities like these.


Thank you for this opportunity

Lucas February 11, 2011