Amazing experience! Past Review

By (Guilford College) - abroad from 01/30/2012 to 05/02/2012 with

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Australia & New Zealand - Rainforest Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was, without a doubt, worthwhile. I gained so much about living outside of my comfort zone, seeing a different part of the world and learning about a different culture.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great staff

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was a roof over my head and that's good enough for me. Not much else you can do though in the middle of the rainforest.

* Food:

The food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt quite integrated.

* 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

Finances

* 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? $15
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be prepared for higher prices in Australia and a little higher exchange rate.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Being in Australia!
  • The food.
  • Living in the tropical rainforest.
* What could be improved?
  • Going into the community a little more often to better experience the culture.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How long it takes to get to Australia.