Costa Rica PURA VIDA Past Review

By (Elementary 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 definitely made me more culturally aware. It helped everyone realize some of the stereotypes we may have about others. We were able to let go of these preconceptions and really experience other cultures for ourselves.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload during the trip was well balanced. We had class every night and engaged in meaningful conversations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dr. Armstrong was wonderful! He knew so much about the local areas of Costa Rica. He was able to introduce us to some new foods, new friends, and new places!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was absolutely delicious! Rice, beans, rice, beans, rice, and beans.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved going to the waterfall and thermal baths! That was my favorite day. Seeing the monkeys and sloths in the national park was really cool too!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We always stayed in groups of 3 or more. I felt very safe as long as I was with the group.

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? Don't forget about budgeting for souvenirs and snacks!


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

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I enjoyed visiting the waterfall and thermal baths.
  • I am happy that we had to keep a daily journal. I'm so glad I have that to look back on.
  • My favorite activity was zipling!
* What could be improved?
  • I would like to have been able to attend the student teaching orientation.
  • I don't have other suggestions.
  • I don't have other suggestions.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would recommend this trip to anyone. It was such a wonderful experience. It changed my outlook on life greatly. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It was truly amazing.