This experience was life-changing, and I totally recommend it!! January 12, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/25/2020 to 12/10/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad/IHP: Food Systems: Agriculture, Sustainability, and Justice

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about the topic of food security, especially because of how interconnected were our classes, site visits and lectures.

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 learned so much about food security, food sovereignty, and social justice. It was a life-changing learning experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Being in homestays was one of my favorite parts of studying abroad. I got to learn so much about the local culture and create amazing relationships with my families in each country.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare was accessible at all times.

* Safety:

Safety was ensured at all times

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)

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

In each country we had language sessions at the beginning of the program. We spent only a month in each country, which means that we had to learn the basics only.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • Other
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?
  • Classes
  • Site visits
  • Faculty & Staff
* What could be improved?
  • It's hard to think of anything
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing much. The surprise effect was an important aspect of the program. It's important to trust how well organised it is.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.