Experience of a Lifetime ! February 21, 2024

By (EOS, Bowdoin College) - abroad from 09/13/2023 to 12/14/2023 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Botswana Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about the community and how conservation work within this region. This program made me think about the larger implications of effect community based natural resource management and how it offers a alternative method of conservation that focuses on the economics of the region.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Offered a different branch of education. Many student lead discussions. All of the assignments felt intentional and purposeful to improve your knowledge and connection to the region.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

You are camping the whole time! Get use to the sounds of the bush :)

* Food:

It is what you make it !

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Visits to local communities happened frequently and our local instructors were incredibly knowledgeable about the whole region.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

As best as they could be in the back country

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I can't imagine my life without this experience now. I grew so much in such a short period of time. It almost feels like a dream.


* 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? Maybe $5 usd


* 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

Language courses were taught and enaged with

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? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • instructors
  • wildlife
  • communities
* What could be improved?
  • academics could be more organized and streamlined
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How truly hot it is in that area.