"I learned some Spanish from the classes. I learned MUCH more after the program was over and I was travelling in South America on my own. My extended travels were the part that made it worthwhile, not ECELA."
"My Spanish skills grew a lot- I can hold a conversation much more easily than before I went! It was a personal challenge for me to be away from home for 6 weeks, but I am stronger because of it. I really appreciated the field trips that were part of the program as I got to see how social services work in another country and was ..."
"I learned a lot about myself. I went into the program independently and more or less blindly. I had no idea what it was going to be like. This trip taught me to adapt... to winter when it's supposed to be summer, to people running into me blatantly on the sidewalks, to the food being vastly different than I expected. I also wa..."
"My Spanish was greatly improved, I learned a ton about alternative medicine and the healthcare system in other countries. It was such a different experience to live in another country not just be a tourist traveling. It was fun and challenging and I had a lot of personal growth."
"I learned so much about myself-how I work and how I can communicate. I gained other views on what life is all about. I made new friends I know I will have for life. I am so much braver and more confident as a person. This experience has changed me for good and I now have a new fire for learning about different cultures and explo..."
"Well in just two months I can understand and speak Spanish MUCH better than I could before I left. And we have it good here. Jobs pay more and we have more freedoms. I am definitely going back to visit my friends there, but I was to travel to more Latin American countries as well. "