This program was an amazing fit for me because it was short and sweet, but filled with so many opportunities! I was able to work with children on English immersion, games, nature activities, sports, art and so much more! It was also a cultural experience that taught me a lot about the country. The excursions were also a ton of fun!
Trisha is a Early Childhood And Special Education major at Millersville University. She also has a minor in Athletic Coaching!
Why did you choose this program?
What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?
I had to get the money on my own and make lessons, but other than that my university set up everything. They set up the flights and paid when we gave them the money. They worked with SOL to plan our trip and schedule. There wasn’t much I had to do on my own and everything was explained clearly, even a packing list!
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?
I wish I would’ve known a little better what clothes to pack, but it’s hard to say because what they consider cold in Costa Rica wasn’t necessarily cold where I am from. I would also advice that you try new things and don’t say no! Try each food at least once and participate in the activities and excursions!
What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?
Every day was jam packed with stuff, but it was fun!! You would wake up around 6, get ready, eat breakfast and then be on a bus by 7 to go to camp. Camp had some down time, but we were also interacting with the children. We would get snack and do more activities. We would have lunch and from camp we would go on an excursion. Later we’d return home to have dinner with our host families. Even with all of the busyness, it was fun and a true cultural experience!
Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?
I was mostly afraid of the plane ride and what I would eat the whole time abroad. It was first time on a plane, but it went well! With the food, I’m just a very picky eater and the thought of eating rice and beans almost all day everyday was not appealing. However, there was so much food and it was all amazing, just had to try new things!
How was staying with a host family?
It was awkward at first. You’re in someone’s home and you just met them, but they honestly love having you there! Don’t let awkwardness get in your way, embrace it, try to find ways to communicate even if there is a language barrier. Show pictures and hand motions, ask questions. It truly helps the experience and can build a lifelong relationship!