"An Experience You Won't Soon Forget" Past Review

By (Biology, General., Marymount University) for

Marymount University: Gales Point - Marine and Tropical Biology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The study abroad experience was everything I wanted it to be. I met new people, saw things I could only dream about, and enjoyed the most delicious food. One thing that impacted me the most was how spartan people's lives are. They don't have nearly as many possessions as we do back in the states, and yet, they seem happier. They make the best of what they have available to them. This program made me realize that some things cannot be taught in a classroom. Seeing the actual fish in front of you is more impacting that seeing a picture of it in a book. Holding a jellyfish in your hands leaves more of an impression than watching it on TV. After taking part in this program, my perspective on life has changed for the better, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program is great. I can't think of any weaknesses in the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living arrangements are very similar to a hotel. We stayed at a lodge. I'm not sure if there is a difference. We also roomed with the students from our program. Did not room with strangers. The housing is fantastic. Working hot water showers, sinks, toilets. Towels are provided. Bed sheets changed frequently. Friendly staff.

* Food:

Five out of five does not do the food justice! The food provided was, and still is, the best food I have ever eaten in my life! Loved it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Playing with the children and socializing with the older people in the village has to have been one of the most eye opening experiences in my life. Just talking to people was special. And now, knowing that I have friends there is priceless.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

At no point during my time abroad did I feel as if I was in any danger whatsoever. The people in the village are extremely kind and always willing to help.

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)

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The type of student that would benefit from this trip is one who wants to explore, wants to learn. They cannot be scared of being dirty, sweaty, smelly. They have to be able to roll with it and take it all in stride. Remember, it's the real world that you will be exploring. It is not the tropical vacation that some people perceive it to be. The student has to be able to live without certain technological benefits they have back home in the states. Just be flexible. Be open to new experiences and be willing to take a few chances, meet new people, do something you never thought you would do. Don't be afraid to say 'yes'.