Cockroaches, rats, snails oh my! Have a good Jamaican time! March 29, 2020

By (University of Southern Indiana) - abroad from 03/07/2020 to 03/14/2020 with

USI: Mandeville - Social Work in Jamaica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile. I learned things about social work that I wouldn’t here in the U.S. I had one on one assessments and developed life long relationships with clients.

Review Photos

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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

* 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:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It was a good experience and I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time with everyone around me!


* 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? 300+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start early. Save coins.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • The ability to go and learn 1 on 1
  • We lived in the culture of Jamaica
  • The travel
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe go see more agencies if available
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring an umbrella for the rain, a pair of flip flops for the showers, and a sleeping bag because you don’t know what animal may join you in your sleep!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!