Incredible Adventure! February 18, 2024

By (Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation, School for International Training) - abroad from 09/04/2024 to 12/16/2024 with

SIT Study Abroad: Panama - Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about so many different environments and communities

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.

Not rigorous in the traditional sense but requires a lot of courage, open-mindedness, critical thinking, and resilience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

may not always be comfortable but safe, unique, interesting, and valuable experiences

* Food:

Locally sourced as often as possible, not always a lot of vegetables but many delicious meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You are forced to integrate whether you like it or not

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program staff were there every step of the way

* Safety:

We were always informed on how to be as safe as possible

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

It pushed me out of my comfort zone, gave me incredible experiences and friendships and expanded my world view.


* 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)

Very easily

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50 -$100


* 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

They encouraged but enforced using the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3
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? Speak Spanish with other students.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The "academic" experiences
  • The critical discussions
  • Adventure
* What could be improved?
  • Communication about what you need to bring
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will be uncomfortable!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.