An amazing way to experience a new culture and get development experience Past Review

By (Georgetown University) - abroad from 06/15/2008 to 08/10/2008 with

ThinkImpact: South Africa Institute for Health or Social Innovation

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was absolutely worthwhile -- becoming involved and going abroad with Think Impact was probably the best decision I made during my entire college career. It opened my eyes and cemented my interest in working in international development. The practical experience from the program allowed me to land my first job after college

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

ThinkImpact placed us with some of the most wonderful families -- I loved my host family and really felt like part of their family.

* Food:

Good exposure to local food -- we ate what the families there ate

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This was hands down the best part of the program and the reason I'm so glad I went abroad with Think Impact. I got to spend time getting to know the local community and becoming a part of their daily life -- from joining soccer games to learning to cook local food. I love the people I met and still keep in touch with many of them. Through the program and the work we did there, I was also able to get hands-on experience in development work, namely health and education programs. This opportunity provided me practical work experience in a developing country, which helped me get my first job in the international development field after college.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health issues

* Safety:

Felt very safe due to my integration with the local community

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? Less than $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cost of living was very low in this program


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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 family
  • Local culture
  • Involvement in health and education programs
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take advantage of every opportunity

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'