Purda Vida Costa Rica Past Review

By (EC-6, 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?
This trip was so amazing. It prepared me for if I have students who are ESL. I also became more independent and enriched in a culture that I was clueless about before the trip.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: no
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.

The grading method was overall discussion and journaling. Class was held at night and was over articles that you had time to read throughout the day.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program was wonderful. The group size was a little larger than groups in the past but it worked.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Be prepared for cold showers and bugs. Also extra towels are a luxury.

* Food:

I loved the food! The quality of food was perfect and if you wanted anything different the people were more than happy to change meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the time at the beach, the parks, the shopping and going out for girls night.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt completely safe throughout the entire course.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Alcoholic drinks are very expensive along with places at the market you have to dicker.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Scenery
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Hotels
  • What to pack list
  • Showers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you can do this trip you feel like you can do anything. Prepare for cold showers, and bring extra bug spray.