Escuela de Sueños Past Review

By (Outdoor Education., California State University - Chico) - abroad from 10/01/2014 to 12/01/2014 with

Study Abroad Programs in Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience taught me more than I could have ever expected. The cultural immersion was just right amount where I never felt overwhelmed, but got the most out of my time. The other students were extremely welcoming and friendly. I made friends both local and international, that I will remain in touch with. The living quarters were comfortable and spacious. But, above all, there is no other study abroad program that caters to the adventurous life style. This program is the best of the best for someone looking for a real experience of a lifetime.

Personal Information

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

You get an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification.

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? $50


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Two years of High School
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't be afraid to practice with the locals, they appreciate it and will help you learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Comfortable living
  • Amazing whitewater kayaking
  • Cultural experience of a lifetime
* What could be improved?
  • Scheduling
  • More time in town
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had more than two years of High School spanish under my belt. But nonetheless, I learned more spanish here than in High School.