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…

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…

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…

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,…

Comida Típica

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica I have been in Costa Rica for just under a month now and I am confident that the food here has been one of my favorite parts of living here. There are so many varieties of fruit here that are not commonly found in…

What Dancing In Latin America Actually Taught Me

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica You could ask any of my close friends or family to rank themselves, me, and 10 other people they know from the worst to the best dancer. Hands DOWN I would be in 11th place. I’ve been told my dancing is comparable to that…

Free Weekends In Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica One of the many reasons I love Costa Rica is that there are so many beautiful places to explore and experience. The Costa Rica program is a little different from other study abroad programs at Western in that it is run by a…

Slang in Costa Rica

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring One of my favorite aspects of studying abroad is learning coloquial terms, idioms, and slang in Spanish, especially those specific to Costa Rica. Most of these I find funny and charming, and I was very confused the first time I heard them, as…

Typical Foods in Costa Rica

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, and am blessed to live with a host family. My host mom, whom I call “Mama Tica” (Costa Ricans are called “Ticos”, so I refer to her as my Costa Rican mom) is an amazing…