Buenas! I’ve always wanted to travel throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and through studying abroad in Costa Rica I was able to continue that lifelong habit! My experience living and studying abroad for a year in Costa Rica profoundly changed me and I hope to help others have similar experiences!
For the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters I lived with my host family in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. My number one goal was to become as fluent as possible in Spanish and I had always heard that studying abroad for a year was the best way to do that; a semester just wasn’t going to cut it. I chose Costa Rica because I was more interested in expanding my knowledge about the Caribbean and Latin America and I wanted to take my courses with Costa Ricans in a typical classroom setting to further my language immersion.
Costa Rica is the perfect place to travel on the weekends and I was fortunate enough to receive a CIIS travel research grant that I used to travel throughout the country during my second semester, interviewing and surveying tourists and locals about their perceptions of tourism and the environment.
One of the best parts of my experience living in San Jose was participating in the cultural activities at the many museums, the National Theater and other theaters and especially with programs like Art City Walk Tour, ChepeCletas, and La Feria Verde.
My interest in CLAS began in high school and I have continued learning through classes such as Model Organization of American States, Survey of Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and my Honors SYE that is based on my research done in Costa Rica!