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Costa Rica : Reviews (San Jose)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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Sara Sofia Jalkeus Anderson, Spring Break 2013 Participant
I loved being able to see so many facets of business and government jobs in Costa Rica. I also loved our teachers: Lindsay, Julie, and David. They were great leaders and really balanced each other out.

 

Amber Alyce Dillman, Spring Break 2013 Participant
I enjoyed learning about the smaller businesses in Costa Rica as well as larger international companies.

 

Kathleen Jean Keleher, Spring Break 2015 Participant
I loved getting to see and experience the beauty of Costa Rica while also learning all of the different ways one can have an international career.

 

Angel Ann Craig, Spring Break 2016 Participant
There were lots of great parts to this program but my favorite part was visiting the USAID office and getting to see how the U.S. coordinates with other countries in regards to disaster relief.

 

Abigail Martinson, Spring Break 2016 Participant
There was a great balance between business visits and time to experience the culture of Costa Rica.

 

Daniel D Hughes, Spring Break 2017 Participant
My favorite part of the program was reaching out to the ogranization that had connection with my major here at KU.

 

Sinclair Haley-Elizabeth McDonald, Spring Break 2017 Participant
It was my first time out of the country and I just loved everything about this trip! From the food to the wonderful people we met. My overall favorite part of this trip was the hot springs it was such a beautiful setting spent with wonderful people!

 

Baylee S Parsons, Spring Break 2017 Participant
My favorite part of this program was the group atmosphere that felt like a family. We were able to truly understand and work with students from different majors. Having this experience broadened my perspective and created great memories.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
I really enjoyed how flexible the course was in allowing the students to choose how to learn from our study abroad experience. We were allowed to pick who we wanted to interview, how we wanted to conduct interviews with international professionals, and what adventures we felt comfortable taking part in.

 

Sara Sofia Jalkeus Anderson, Spring Break 2013 Participant
Being able to sit down and interview a Foreign Service officer was the most rewarding part for me, as was being able to practice my Spanish with the locals.

 

Amber Alyce Dillman, Spring Break 2013 Participant
Having such a diverse variety of businesses to learn about was great. I learned things about business culture I never knew.

 

Faith Ann Bitterman, Spring Break 2014 Participant
I found that meeting with the different companies was the most rewarding part of the program. The networking we did was invaluable to making career connections and finding international jobs.

 

Lacey Nicole McAfee, Spring Break 2014 Participant
I definitely learned a lot by the Informational Interviews with the person I made contact with, and also alumni and contacts that the class had made the year before. It was very cool to hear about their experiences and careers. I also loved bonding as a class, together we learned a lot by experiencing things together!

 

Angel Ann Craig, Spring Break 2016 Participant
The elements of this program that I found most rewarding were visiting the USAID office, visiting and talking with students at the University of Costa Rica, hiking the trail at La Paz Waterfalls, hearing from professionals on how they came to have an international career, and just being in Costa Rica overall!

 

Abigail Martinson, Spring Break 2016 Participant
The most rewarding part of this program was interviewing a professional abroad, and learning about their international career path.

 

Sinclair Haley-Elizabeth McDonald, Spring Break 2017 Participant
The most rewarding elements of this visit were the company visits and my networking opportunity with on of the top ad agency in Costa Rica, FCB Creative!

 

Baylee S Parsons, Spring Break 2017 Participant
The trip to Costa Rica was the most rewarding element. Being able to talk with the "ticos" and learn about the culture was very effective. I highly enjoyed the different businesses we visited and the connections we were able to make.

 

Cierra Lee, Summer 2019 Participant
Meeting a few alumni was the most rewarding element to me, not only because they are from KU, but, because they graduated with some pretty great backgrounds and moved across the world to practice their passion. Knowing and seeing others from the same school I attend now is just fuel to the fire, and makes me fully realize I too can do it.

 

Sara Sofia Jalkeus Anderson, Spring Break 2013 Participant
WEAR SUNSCREEN. And be prepared to not have as much free time as you may be expecting.

 

Spring Break 2014 Participant
This program is an extremely valuable tool that helped me in figuring out at least a direction for a future career path, and being able to learn about the available resources and how to approach achieving an international career was extremely helpful (plus amazing)!

 

Angel Ann Craig, Spring Break 2016 Participant
Something that I learned on this program is the true definition of an international career. It is so much more than what probably first comes to your mind, apply for this program and keep an open mind and you will learn so much.

 

Abigail Martinson, Spring Break 2016 Participant
This program helped me determine if I would want to have an international career. After the visit abroad, I know that I would want to work internationally, not necessarily abroad my entire life, but definitely for a few years in another country.

 

Daniel D Hughes, Spring Break 2017 Participant
Studying abroad is not only academically and culturally fulfilling, but also fosters personal growth. If you had asked me two years ago where I wanted to study abroad or some sort of international experience, I would have listed a variety of European countries, simply because the European Union was a common area for students to study abroad. Preparing For International Careers allowed me to grow academically as I become conversationally fluent in Spanish, socially as I made new friends, culturally as I learned more about the Costa Rican culture and personall, because it had never crossed my mind that I could come to love to potentially living and working in a developing country.

 

Baylee S Parsons, Spring Break 2017 Participant
One aspect of this class that was helpful was the understanding of different work cultures around the world. I didn't realize how diverse every culture treated their careers and the work-life balance. This was very interesting, but also gave me a better perspective on how to perceive people and understand their cultural demands.

 

JaRen Malaya Dailey, Summer 2018 Participant
I learned that you should definitely spend a decent amount of time learning the language of your host country. Though you won't be completely lost if you do not, it would definitely help if you knew a decent amount of the language. Knowing more of what people are saying will enrich your experience even more.