Costa Rica: A new classroom Past Review

By (EDUCATION., Stephen F. Austin State University) for

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Student Teachers in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The trip to Costa Rica wasvery worth it. I never thought what we learned I would have to apply into the classroom but when I got back from Costa Rica the classroom I am in has allowed me to use all the resources I learned from class and apply them into the classroom.

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.

The class was perfect. We had reading to complete and then discussions. It wasn't too long or dragged out fit in well with our schedule.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Expectations were met.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed in Local Hotels and Hostel of which Dr. Armstrong arranged.

* Food:

Find local places that give you a real feel of good food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Zip Lining and visiting the school were the best.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safe, But stay aware of whats around you.

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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Prices do increase and its hard to give a estimate of the real price, but would have liked to have a better idea of hotel costs.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The Professor and the clas itsself
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe a smaller group of students