A Good Rough Time in Windhoek Past Review

By (Anthropology., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/26/2012 to 07/20/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in Namibia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I got practice doing ethnographic interviews, taking field notes, doing first hand research on a traditionally-living tribe. I learned a TON about a culture completely different than mine and got to see a lot of a beautiful country. Challenging experience, but very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

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? $5
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat as much as you can at your guesthouses so you can save your money for other things.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Host Family
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
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?
  • Seeing a lot of Namibia
  • Putting anthropological methods into practice
* What could be improved?
  • More guys in the group
  • Less drama among group members
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? An airline pillow is not good enough for a month of sleeping on the ground.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'