Most impactful field work, research experience, and partnerships I've made, March 07, 2020

By (University of Vermont) - abroad from 08/21/2018 to 11/11/2018 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Mongolia Conservation Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The program was so thoughtful and the hands on experience, people, and location was unbeatable. If you are interested in conservation and care about ethical and responsible international work, this is one of the best programs. Also, the parks there are great to partner with and really made our work and classes successful and meaningful.

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Round River Conservation Studies - Mongolia Conservation Program Photo

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.

Phenomenal academics, impactful discussions, great instructors.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The local park staff and rangers were incredible to work with.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Really well even though we were doing a lot of field work in a remote place, we were very engaged with the locals and rangers.

* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* 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?
  • Working with the rangers
  • Being part of real conservation
  • Exploring a new natural landscape
* What could be improved?
  • More vegetables to eat
  • Lower cost
  • More compatible credits with home college for Juniors.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How phenomenal our community partners are.