Experience Ecuador: You Will NOT Regret It! Past Review

By (Television Production, Murray State University) for

KIIS: Ecuador - Experience Ecuador, Summer Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had a great time and made a lot of friends!

Personal Information

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.

It was all very open, and was and not very strict.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The director of the Program is from Ecuador but teaches at WKU. The other professor was involved in the Peace Corps and has traveled there often. Their knowledge of the culture and areas were invaluable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed in very nice hostels in various parts of the country.

* Food:

Know what you're eating, cause you might be in for a surprise!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Just one? How about Santa Ana, Yachana and the Rainforest, and the AWESOME BEACH!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Don't act like an idiot.

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? Sometimes you have to pay for internet!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 202
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish with my fellow students and my professors. Spanish is the primary language in Ecuador, and it allowed for everyday interactions that needed the use of Spanish.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Professors
  • Different regions of the country
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be afraid to try new food, meet new people, or experience new things. I promise you will survive!