Nicaragua Growing Experience Past Review

By (Sociology., SUNY - Binghamton) for

Study Abroad Programs in Nicaragua

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study aboard experience was definitely worthwhile. I felt like I helped the community and learned about their culture at the same time.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The programs strengths were having a good balance between academics, tours, exploring, and fun. It was a well-rounded trip overall. The programs weakness was in certain situations the lack of communication between the leaders of the 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:

Many students became sick because of the food.

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? No money was spent on food. For personal expenses like buying gifts for others and washing clothes, around $65 was spent overall.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are a lot of nice things to purchase for family and friends, I would have bought more if I had more money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? With little words to say, this trip has opened my eyes greatly. It has pushed me to want to do more studying abroad. I loved every minute of this experience and would honestly not change anything about it.