Pura Vida! Past Review

By (Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 08/07/2013 to 08/20/2013 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?
My trip was most definitely worthwhile! I gained so much knowledge and empathy for others that I could not have without going out of the country. Traveling abroad opened my eyes to the amazing world outside of my town and the United States. I experienced what it felt like to be in a brand new place and not know how to speak the language. Now I know how students from others countries feel when they come to the US. I also realized how everyone in this world is different and that that is okay. It is important to recognize the differences that people have, but it's even more important to respect them for that.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experiencing another culture
  • Thrilling adventures
  • Interacting with the locals
* What could be improved?
  • I loved everything about the trip!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I knew that I needed to be more aware of my surroundings and more observant before I went on the trip, but I just wish I would have taken that advice more seriously.