A concentrated exposure to global food systems April 19, 2017

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/21/2016 to 12/12/2016 with

SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Rethinking Food Security: People, Agriculture, and Politics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Power dynamics and politics of capital driven food systems. Insights to how our world runs.

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.

Go for the experiential learning. You will learn more outside of class in streets, markets, farms, institutions, and governmental organizations, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved my homestays

* Food:

It's a program on food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We had a fabulous trustee fellow, who always put herself out there for our the physical and mental health of our team. Everything from distributing vitamins to accompanying sick students to hospitals, she was amazing.

* Safety:

Safety is definitely emphasized and well maintained in the program. I always felt safe. Home stays were also screened carefully.

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

I would go again for the experience; for the things I have seen, heard, and have been through.

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)

Our food and housing were covered, so my personal expenses were low

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great exposure
  • Learning to ask better questions (for better answers)
  • Dynamic site visits
* What could be improved?
  • Academics (quality of classes)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a