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By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/02/2018 to 03/23/2018 with

Sea Education Association: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worth while. Learned so much about myself (my strengths and weaknesses), about putting myself outside my boundaries, about working as a team. The hands-on learning as well as the land component combined with practical, real experiences was SO, SO valuable. SEA truly is a once in a life time opportunity. It's possible to continue doing work in the arena but the experience of being an SEA student is really truly unique and so valuable

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very fast paced on land. At SEA the education experience is very hands-on, intense in a unique way.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The crew on the ship were for the most part amazing! They had varying experience on the Cramer but they all had something to contribute. Some crew were absolutely incredible.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Honestly, if you're doing SEA you can't expect bougie arrangements. The group living was super fun on land and living on the ship was so cool!

* Food:

On land, family-style dinner made by students themselves. At SEA, delicious food made by the steward.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It depended on the Port Stop. Because of the design of SEA, you can't really become integrated into the places you visit. However, SEAs academics and the conscious approach the program takes makes students prepared and knowledgable about the places they visit.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

On the ship I was completely fine and felt supported (I was also one of the few that didn't get seasick). On land I had to get a prescription for something I started taking the semester before in a different country, which was difficult because SEA is small and doesn't have its own heath office; thus in the 6 weeks I was there I had to go to an urgent care facility to get a temporary prescription for my time at SEA. It was a pain but mostly my fault for not planning ahead

* Safety:

For the activity is is, SEA does an INCREDIBLE job at safety. Crew are very well trained, students are respectful and smart. It is ultimately a safe environment even if some (generally minor) injuries are bound to happen

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)

I spent too much money but I could have spent less. I did have to make some gear purchases that were a bit pricey, but I also wanted to have quality gear that I could use in the future.


* 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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  • Americans
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the curriculum, crew, program setup
  • the experience SEA has for running its programs
  • the students
* What could be improved?
  • my room was a bit small on land
  • I wish deadlines at sea were more structured instead of everything due at the end
  • some of the papers were unnecessarily long on land. I was much prouder of the work I did at sea although the work on land was also important context.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? not be afraid to challenge myself more. Be more open and receptive emotionally to build friendships sooner