An Unforgettable, Non-Traditional, Study Abroad Experience Past Review

By (University of San Francisco) - abroad from 02/07/2017 to 05/22/2017 with

SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about decolonization, neoliberalism, and indigenous reality and cosmovisiĆ³n. Also, the program does a great job of challenging western perspectives.

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.

I had an amazing experience with SIT in Bolivia. I loved living in Cochabamba and I especially loved my host family. The SIT staff is great and I learned a lot about Bolivian reality.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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


* 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)


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • My Host Family
  • SIT's connections -we met a lot of really cool people and organizations
  • The ISP period
* What could be improved?
  • I would have preferred to have conducted all class discussions in Spanish
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not sure...