I Ecuadore this place! February 12, 2016

By (Gettysburg College) - abroad from 08/23/2015 to 12/05/2015 with

SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador - Development, Politics and Languages

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a much more global perspective on the world, lasting friendships, and complete cultural immersion.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was delicious, especially the mmmpanadas!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I think this was one of the strongest aspects of the program, we had many opportunities for interactions and conversations with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

As long as you follow basic common sense safety guidelines and stay alert Quito is a safe and fun city.

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

Finances

* 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)

It depends on how thrifty you are and how much you travel, but I mostly only spent money on souvenirs.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20-$40

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 345
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just make sure you talk a lot and do not be afraid to mess up!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Interactions with host nationals
  • The lectures with activists/style of learning
  • The excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Even distribution of assignments
  • More Kichwa instruction
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Packing less is always better!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!