Nothing short of spectacular October 03, 2019

By (The Evergreen State College) - abroad from 02/05/2019 to 05/19/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Rwanda - Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Family, and I gained new perspective on life and future. Totally worthwhile.

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 a lot, there is nothing like learning through living experiences.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My living arrangement was incredible.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Easily adaptable. a very welcoming society and culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No difficulty accessing healthcare. I had a minor tooth ache and was connected with a physician straight away.

* Safety:

Not a concern in Rwanda, at least through SIT program for me.

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

8/10 on the overall experience because on a personal level I it was almost a perfect experience. But for all included and speaking on behalf of my class, there could have been more I am African and so it got a bit difficult studying in Africa with my American classmates. I had a falling out with my classmates, because I believe they failed to have and understand perspective of the locals. However, I am sure they learned incredible amount as well.

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)

student budget wasn't great but my host family took care of me. Others might have struggled on the same budget allowance.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I didn't have to spend much at all, I spent about RWF 20,000 a week/ $25 a week.

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

Kinarwanda was awesome.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I just graduated a four year college with English as my second language
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? Learning these basic interactions: Hello, How are you? thank you Please Please help me .... I like... I want .... Yes, I can No, I can't I am fine. These will take you a long way and help you get more comfortable.

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?

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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?
  • Coursework
  • Family
  • Connections
* What could be improved?
  • teaching strategies
  • allowances for students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had prepared better by saving up some money to explore the host site.

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!