Making a Difference in Costa Rica

  Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Although ticos are very shy, once you get to know them they are some of the most loving and caring people that you will ever encounter. The majority of our mamá ticas (Costa Rican moms) absolutely love cooking. Food is most definitely their…

Never Underestimate the Power of Body Language

Rachel Harvey Major: Communication Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break Over this Spring Break, I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to study Intercultural Communication and Ethnography. There was so many things to be excited about, and one big fear: I cannot speak Spanish. I had taken…

Returning From Pura Vida

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic During my time with my host family, I was able to overcome many of my communication barriers. My host family said I became better to understand and have a nice fluent accent. When I arrived, I was still having to use google translate at…

Differences in the Classroom

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica While studying here in Costa Rica I am attending Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The classes that I am taking abroad are Advanced Spanish 1, Advances Spanish 2, Latin American Literature and Latin American Civilization and Culture. All of the classes are with other…

Unpacking the Experience

Tennie Jackson Major: Human Resource Management Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break My communication skills have improved immensely since my study abroad opportunity in the Dominican Republic. I have always been a very articulate person, but I saw myself using mu non-verbal more since there was a language barrier. If I…

Coffee & Cultural Comparison in Costa Rica

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break During my stay so far in Costa Rica, my host family has been amazing and had been making the most appetizing meals! Thus far, my favorite breakfast was with a sliced Papaya, which I had never tried before being in Costa…

Knowledge, Growth, and Perspectives

Amanda Kuszak Major Work: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break The beauty of Guatemala had been surreal, to say the least. Geographically the country is breathtaking and culturally it is friendly and generous. I had been taken back by the warm welcome our group received in each city we visited. Every person…

Commuting in Costa Rica

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Since arriving here in Heredia, Costa Rica two major differences that have stood out to me is the restaurant experience and the methods of transportation. Most restaurants have options for both indoor and outdoor seating which I love. It’s definitely not something you come…

Deciding to Study Abroad

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break Today I am leaving for Costa Rica to study abroad for 8 days. I have never been to Costa Rica, but have heard a lot of good things. I was going to wait until summer to go on the Amsterdam trip…

Getting Around in Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Here in Costa Rica I live with a host family in the little neighborhood of La Esperanza, which literally translates to “hope” (how cute is that?!). I think it’s in the perfect location because it’s within walking distance to the university, downtown Heredia,…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

One Mile at a Time

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic Hmm, where do I start? Let me just say this was a remarkable experience that will remain with me forever. To be quite honest, I did not expect to learn so much in just a week. From simply sitting on a plane to walking…