Conservation and adventure outside in the most beautiful place Past Review

By (Williams College) - abroad from 09/16/2019 to 12/09/2019 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Patagonia, Chile Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned ways of existing and learning that are fulfilling and outside the high-pressure normal college environment. Also Patagonia is beautiful.

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.

Academics were not particularly rigorous but were thoughtful and relevant and it was important that everyone understood.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

If you love tents! I love my tent so my living arrangements were great.

* Food:

Ate a lot of basic foods, in the front country because of what's available so far south and in the backcountry because of what is practical.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If you try, you can make small opportunities for yourself to interact with the local culture, but we are very much in conversation with mostly each other.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health issues were prioritized and taken care of efficiently and thoroughly.

* Safety:

We were in such small towns that urban safety concerns were not very relevant. Safety in the outdoor context was taken seriously.

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

I was looking for a more relaxed semester spending a ton of time outside and learning about place and science and that is exactly what I got!


* 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)

You could pretty easily spend less than $50 the entire time if you wanted.


* 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

You'll be fine if you don't speak any Spanish, but you'll also have opportunities to speak if you already know how - much of it is what you make it. There's no structured language learning.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced grammar
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experiential learning
  • Community
  • Time outside
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The program is naturally juggling conservation and student objectives and sometimes that means sacrifices from one or the other when they don't line up perfectly.