Michael P Garrett, Summer 2013 Participant
I think the most rewarding part of the program and the biggest thing I took away from it was the improvement in my Spanish-speaking skills. At KU, in our Spanish classes we use a lot of vocabulary and sentences to form intellectual thoughts and analyze literature. Obviously, that doesn't come in handy when trying to call a cab, order a meal or try to talk to someone on the street. To me, this was very difficult. A lot of basic conversational skills that I learned I hadn't used since high-school Spanish. After the summer program in Buenos Aires, I think my conversation has improved immensely. Living with a host mom that knew absolutely no English definitely helped me grow as a Spanish speaker.
Summer 2018 Participant
My favorite part of the program was living with a host family. I truly felt like it was my second home.
Danielle Sue Peterson, Summer 2016 Participant
Although I was really intimidated by it at first, I loved the independence we had on the trip. During the beginning of the trip I wanted more group activities and help getting from place to place around the city, but once I began to learn I loved that we were trusted to find our way around the city with little help. It made me have to learn how to do things myself rather than rely on others. It also helped with my Spanish because I had to talk with people and read signs to find my way around the city.