Sail across the ocean Past Review

By (Environmental Studies, University of the South) for

Sea Education Association: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I know that one day I will return to the ocean - I hope to sail again soon. I'm currently in medical school - working in the fast-pace environment of the ship with my fellow classmates prepared me well to work in teams back on land - sailing really tests you, you get to find out what you're really made of

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.

While on shore, the professors at SEA were all amazing, they really challenged me - and they would come over to our house and grill with us! In addition, having WHOI right down the road was a huge plus - we met all sorts of very inspirational scientists and policy makers. On ship - well it was the most intense six weeks of my life! I have never learned so much so quickly.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

3 meals + 3 snacks a day on board - food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We spent christmas in Nuku Hiva (a small island in French Polynesia) - it was beautiful! Meeting the islanders was great.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

the SEA crew did a phenomenal job involving us in safety drills while on ship. the safety & survival gear was all up to date - SEA does not cut any corners here.

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just do it. World class science research - and you're on a sailing ship!