Life Changing Past Review

By (Spanish and Iberian Studies., Bethel University) - abroad from 02/01/2012 to 05/23/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in Guatemala

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
See above. Definitely worthwhile. Loved everything I did down there. Grew a lot.

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.

Loved the language training. Didn't love the econ course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a family can be awkward. So can Japanese roommates.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved the opportunities to get to be a part of the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Becky was great about taking care of all that. Glad she was there though, because I wouldn't have known what to do otherwise!

* Safety:

You have to be smart, but I never felt unsafe.

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? <$50 maybe about $30?
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? use cash so you don't get your identity stolen


* 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

I wish we could have spoken more within the group

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 399 college level
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? Use it all the time. With roommates, go to the market and just talk to the vendors, order in Spanish, with the group, use it!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Host families
  • Working at the school
  • Relationship building
* What could be improved?
  • no econ class (or revised econ class)
  • more opportunities to get involved in the community
  • group things to get to know each other better
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that God will do things you didn't expect or think you can do, but He'll show you how big He is and how capable you are.