Eye-Opening Cultural Experience Past Review

By (Art Teacher Education., Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 08/06/2012 to 08/19/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about being a culturally relevant teacher and person. My mind became opened up to more techniques for teaching in a diverse classroom, and how to become aware of critical pedagogy. I became more aware of how to deal with such diverse individuals and I made friends with everyone on the trip.

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.

Going to Costa Rica with Dr. Armstrong was an eye opening experience and an amazing opportunity. I learned a whole different perspective about life, the U.S., Costa Rica, and about people in general. I never thought that I would learn so much beyond the culture of Costa Rica. I learned much more about being a culturally relevant teacher and how to utilize critical pedagogy. I had a wonderful experience and I definitely want to go back again!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dr. Armstrong is an inspiring teacher!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotels were family owned and operated. All of the staff was extremely hospitable.

* Food:

Everything was delicious! I can't seem to find or make Costa Rican food as good here in the U.S. I am missing my beans and rice!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was not in the country long enough to feel fully integrated with the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We had a girl who had an ear infection on the trip. When things got bad we received help from the pharmacist promptly.

* Safety:

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)

Our budget was about 30 dollars a day. Do not forget to include drinks at bus stops and etc. The costs were worth it because the food was great, but if I were to stay there a semester I would find a way to eat cheaper.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • I was highly satisfied with the program.
* What could be improved?
  • Make it longer, spending more time in the different locations.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring a watch!