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Here is a list of testimonials from Sol Abroad alumni that may allow you to get another student's perspective regarding our program! They can let you know how they feel about our program. If you would like to contact an alumni via email & phone, please click here Contact Alumni.
" Costa Rica was the best three weeks of my life. I took away so many memories, experiences and adventures and I wouldn't trade those for any amount of money in the world. I went into the program h ...Read All
" Costa Rica was the best three weeks of my life. I took away so many memories, experiences and adventures and I wouldn't trade those for any amount of money in the world. I went into the program hopeful that I would become fluent in Spanish. Unfortunately, this didn't happen, but I went back to school motivated and ahead of my regular class. If you are motivated enough, you can even try and get course credit for your time in Costa Rica. The thing about speaking Spanish in Costa Rica is that you use every day vocabulary that is a thousand times more practical than learning about "getting a job" and other chapters in regular Spanish. We ate at the local café's almost everyday, spoke to our host brothers and sisters about their lives and hobbies, and navigated our way through a foreign country. To me, this was where the real learning happened. My pronunciation improved tenfold and my fluency is almost perfect now. There is absolutely no other way to learn a language than to live in the country and be immersed in the culture. If you are independent and motivated to explore, learn, grow and have the best time of your life, Costa Rica is definitely for you. I wish, as I write this to you, that it was me going back this summer. The Sol Abroad team is extremely supportive and Brent is the best director in the world! They encourage you to speak as much Spanish as you can while having a great time. They make the weekends fun by taking you on cultural trips and explorations of Costa Rica. This part was fun, but the real experiences for me came from living in the small farming town of Atenas town and being with my host family. My mom, Edith, and father, Victor, spoke no absolutely no English. My roommate and I were dropped off at their house at 5 in the morning! I was more than nervous to meet my family and the earliness didn't help. When Edith and Victor came out, the gave us HUGE hugs and almost started crying. They were so happy to host us and we could not wait to be their guests. Immediately she took us inside and fed us for at least two hours. The hospitality in Costa Rica is CRAZY! They will feed you until you literally burst and they will make sure everything is perfect for you. Edith stayed home during the days and would always be at home smiling with food in hand when we got back from school. My siblings, who were much older than me, 23, 27, and 29 were the icing on the cake. They took us to the "fiestas" and the "rodeos" and showed us the local area. Every family was excited to have guests and I now have a Costa Rican contact list at least 25 people deep! There are so many little things you will learn from living on your own in a foreign country. I don't want to give to much away because the experiences are yours to make. What you do with your time there is completely up to you. If you want to go dance on the weeknights, you can. If you want to hang out in "al centro" you can do that as well. I hope that you do choose to go and make these memories. I talk to my siblings and my friends from Costa Rica every week and the friends I made there at least everyday. Costa Rica isn't going to work out this year, but we are going to have a reunion in Miami this year. The friends you make will literally last a lifetime. I think about Costa Rica everyday. My motto when I was there was "TRY EVERYTHING" and that literally made the trip. If you go to another country, the only thing you HAVE to do is experience and explore everything. The best hour of my life was leaving Costa Rica knowing that I had the best trip of my life. My worst hour was also saying leaving Costa Rica knowing that the trip had made the memories that will stay with me forever. I hope that you decide to go. You asked me if I have any dislikes about the trip. My answer is no. Everything there helped me learn and grow in some way and I left Costa Rica with no regrets. Please let me know what you decide or if you have more questions. I am here to talk about Costa Rica, Sol Abroad and living in a foreign country anytime! "View Less