Nuanced look at conservation practices and policies in Patagonia. January 04, 2016

By (Natural Resources and Conservation, Marlboro College) - abroad from 09/22/2015 to 12/15/2015 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Patagonia, Chile Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Man. I learned about how conservation gets done, how to debate my viewpoint, how to be a guest, how to make friends across language borders.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

Bring a durable tent -- it's literally your home

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was awesome. Made me decide to work to become fluent in Spanish.

* 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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Bought alcohol once a week. All food provided.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't drink wine unless you actually dig it.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?
  • Working with CONAF
  • backpacking
  • class discussions
* What could be improved?
  • Spanish prior to coming
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the backpacking is not that tough if you've backpacked before.

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.