A fun semester in the rain forest Past Review

By (Biology, General., Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/27/2012 to 12/11/2012 with

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS): San Jose - Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned alot about biology, and also about myself and what i am comfortable with and what i am not comfortable with

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? 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? 10 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? you will not spend much money at all


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Host Family
  • Hotel
* 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?
  • being in the rainforest
* What could be improved?
  • The packing list for the trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be prepared to not be in civilization for the entire 15 weeks

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Fundamentals of Tropical biology

Course Department: Biology
Instructor: Erika Deinert, Mauricio Garcia, Alex GIlman
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was challenging an made use of the location to offer many relavent field trips. The teachers were knowledgeable and well prepared, and it was imperative to participate in class
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Climate Change and the Environment

Course Department: Environmental Sciences
Instructor: Erika Deinert, Mauricio Garcia, Alex GIlman
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: