The happiest I've ever felt! Past Review

By (Psychology and Art, Kalamazoo College) - abroad from 08/19/2010 to 02/11/2011 with

ISDSI: Sustainable Development Studies: Thailand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I truly learned to live in the moment, and I learned how to love, be happy, and relax.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

My host family was the best part. They were so kind, and loving.

* Food:

Possibly the best food in the world.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Thai culture is very welcoming, and I worked hard to learn their language.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Easy to access health care in Thailand.

* Safety:

I feel more safe in Thailand, than my home country.

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)

easy to live, so cheap to buy food and to travel.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring extra money to travel to other areas of Thailand or other countries... it will be worth it!


* 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

It was necessary to learn Thai to enjoy the program.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? none
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? Immerse yourself with Thai people, don't be shy to speak to them they are so happy to hear you try!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • The Thai people
  • Traveling to different areas of Thailand
  • Hiking Doi Pui
* What could be improved?
  • More study on Thai religion
  • More study on Thai politics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do not worry, each day will be wonderful.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.