Why did you decide to study abroad with Sol?
Kirby: The main reason I decided to study abroad with Sol is because of its program size. I researched several different study abroad programs, but Sol is the only I found with such small, more intimate group sizes. I didn't want to just be another person in a program. Sol made me feel like an individual person, who they wanted to know personally. And that was before I even started my program. When I got there, it was clear, that they cared and wanted to know every person.
What did Sol do for you and what did you need to do on your own?
Kirby: While studying abroad for the first 3 weeks, Sol planned everything, including weekend trips, daily events, cultural activities, volunteer activities, tours etc. The second 3 weeks is where I go a little more freedom, where I got to do whatever I wanted after classes, and plan my own weekend trips. But even planning my own weekend trips, Sol aided in the planning by finding information, hotels, cheaper prices etc.
Describe your program socially and academically.
Kirby: Socially, the program was great. Within my session, there were 23 of us, and we were all very close. We did everything together, and so the social atmosphere was very comfortable and laid back. Academically, Sol exceeded my expectations. The professors for the program, were amazing. The professors I had, weren't only there to aid me in learning Spanish, but they taught me about the culture. The classes were very intensive, but the program is set up for you to succeed if you put the effort into it.
Describe your favorite must-have food that you tried abroad.
Kirbby: My favorite food while in Costa Rica was definitely gallo pinto and home-made tortillas! Gallo pinto is a bean and rice dish that is very popular in Costa Rica. When I say popular, I mean Costa Ricans eat gallo pinto every day!