My Summer up North! Past Review

By (Carleton College) - abroad from 06/12/2017 to 08/09/2017 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Taku River Watershed Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about Conservation Biology. As someone who came in with almost no prior knowledge, I was a little nervous about falling behind but the leaders ensured I didn't. They were very encouraging and made all of the work reasonable and rigorous, while also enjoyable. I also made some deep and lasting friendships

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.

Learned so much, became extremely close with the Tlingit community, and thoroughly enjoyed a summer up north

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Living in tents for 6 weeks was a dream come true. I fell asleep to the calls of nighthawks and woke up right in front of Atlin Mountain. Having > 17 hours of sunlight was amazing as well

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Cooking with the other students was a great bonding experience and we often had a 'fancier' meal for special guests about 1x a week.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I learned so much from the Land Guardians, various Tlingit elders, and the greater Atlin community

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe!

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

Everything about this Round River trip was amazing. The work was meaningful and it was extremely valuable to me to learn whilst doing. I felt like I was making a difference. The leaders were exceptional and I always felt very safe in their hands.


* 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)

All expenses accounted for

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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* Who did you live with?

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* Who did you take classes with?

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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?
  • Work-Education-Play balance
  • Leaders
  • Being outdoors 24/7
* What could be improved?
  • -
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? make sure to bring enough sunscreen!

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.