A hot mess with some good moments. January 09, 2020

By (Berea College) - abroad from 12/26/2020 to 01/06/2020 with

KIIS: Maya Mexico Winter

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I'm happy this was my last time being abroad with a college. Some moments were worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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? No

Yes because the professor for the photography class was phenomenal and I learned a lot of things.No because the trip was not very organized, I felt disrespected, and I do not think this trip was worth me taking out a loan for. Lastly, the trip did not pay for places for the photography students to use their camera. And most days we did not have the time to take good pics we were constantly moving because of the other classes that we had to stay with the whole time.

Finances

* 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)

I thought meals were included. However, we received a budget for lunch and some breakfast which was not enough. And the professors choose some restaurants that were out of range from the budget they gave us.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save more money for food.

Language

* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? HIgh school spanish
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? Learn Spanish before coming.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?
  • Learning photography
  • Meeting new people
  • Going to the beach
* What could be improved?
  • The head instructor (Chris)
  • organization
  • restaurants we ate at
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it was not worth it.