Enriching experience that I will remember for a lifetime! Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 06/01/2012 to 07/01/2012 with

Toucan Education Programs (TEP): Intern in Belize

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was my first time abroad. It was a culture shock but I was able to adapt well. Other students might find it difficult but it was worthwhile!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: N/A
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

Stayed in Belize City at Villa Boscardi wounderful place!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Orientation concerning health issues, local hospitals, and emergency contact numbers were given to me.

* Safety:

Belize City is known for its crime but I always felt safe here. I was given proper education on buses/taxi's that I should take. Safety was never an issue.

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? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100 US
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Apply for scholarships it makes it a lot easier!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Placements
  • Cultural Experiences
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with Placement Sites
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing!! I like it better that way!!