A great experience at IMAP with IPSL March 27, 2024

By (Food Systems, Westminster University) - abroad from 01/23/2024 to 02/17/2024 with

IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture and Justice

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved being immersed in Spanish language and learning about a culture that was new to me.

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.

The program immersed me in Spanish language, Mayan culture, and a lot of experiential learning in permaculture at the Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Denis was wonderful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my homestay experience, as well as my stay at IMAP.

* Food:

Fresh tortillas and beans and avocados galore!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone was very welcoming and inclusive, and only because I lacked Spanish speaking skills was it less than 5 stars.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? less than $150


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 102
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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

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  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My homestay
  • Being part of a community I would not have visited as a tourist
  • scenery
* What could be improved?
  • I would have like to know a bit more about my daily schedule before I got there.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have like to know a bit more about my daily schedule before I got there.