Worth every single penny! Past Review

By (Water Resource Management, Rutgers University - New Brunswick) - abroad from 01/03/2016 to 01/12/2016 with

The GREEN Program: Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about the environment, the culture and practices of Peru, and myself. This program not only taught me about the environmental conditions in Peru, but also what scientists and activists are doing to improve these conditions. I also learned so much about the Inca Empire, and how their advanced system operated. This is only a fraction of what I learned. The program is soooooo worth it! I enjoyed every minute of it an seriously did not want it to end. I gained to much confidence in myself, my abilities, and skills. I met amazing people, and saw so many beautiful sites.

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.

Education was very hands on. First, we had a one hour or so lecture, then we got to visit sites that utilized what we learned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was very helpful, understanding, and knowledgeable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

All the hotels we stayed at were clean and roomy. Some places didn't have warm water, however.

* Food:

AMAZING! Everything was so fresh, and seasoned.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our tour guide not only took us to big touristy areas like Machu Picchu, but also took us to local markets and restaurants to show us how locals of Cusco shopped and ate.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were pharmacies everywhere we went, especially in Cusco.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in the area. We also always went places in pairs.

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? $140
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take out a certain amount (say $100), exchange it at the airport, and only try to spend that amount. There are ATMs where you can withdraw dollars or soles.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • Food
  • People
  • Night Life
* What could be improved?
  • Cost
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do not be afraid to try new things. You never know if you are going to like it. Be open to EVERYTHING!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.