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Better experience than expected
The most difficult part about any study abroad is the logistics before actually leaving. Setting things up, putting together the program, and getting final details of information can be a hassle, especially when the only mode of communication many times is just email. I will say the only time of frustration for me in the whole experience was going through the same stress, that I am sure each representative feels taking care of dozens or hundreds of students at the same time, of finalizing costs, passports, and other pertinent information for such a long stay abroad. Once my internship and classes were set up, everything was smooth and I didn't have anything to worry about except the things that I could take care of myself. Overall, I appreciate the work CIS did for me to create an experience that I honestly didn't expect. It was exceeded, and I highly recommend CIS to any student seeking an experience anywhere in the world.
Sometimes it took a long time to get a response from representatives. Even a 'I am still working on your situation' is comforting to know when dealing with international places and personal information.
I believe the families that house students should have some expectation to try and associate with the students. It is invaluable to have any chance to speak spanish, and some families have their own agendas before and after feeding their students.
Saw many great places and really feel like I got a feel for what it is like for those living here. It is difficult, however, to see more without spending more out of my own pocket.
No problems, felt safe always.
The food was incredible. My host family fed me traditional plates and exposed me to all types of different food that I loved. The only thing that I think is difficult to control with food is the amount provided for each student. If we are relying wholly upon the family to feed us, and we only get two meals a day, I would think it is important for the family to be sensitive to if what they are giving is enough. There were quite a few times that I know I could have eaten plenty more, but there was a set portioning of food and no more. There were 4 other boy students with me, so I know I was not the only that felt that way.
True, social life really depends on the individual. However, sometimes it is better for many to make friends when there are extensive opportunities. Even though we have classes with other students, it was very difficult to communicate with them. Only through FACEBOOK could we find those who we already knew, nonetheless meet others. Also, there were not many circumstances that students are put together with locals for activities.
Again, no problems, and felt comfortable about insurance etc offered.
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CISabroad - Intern in Costa Rica Costa Rica was amazing.
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Visiting Costa Rica to intern and take classes was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I met tons of new people, learned a lot of Spanish and grew way more culturally aware. For anyone who's an adventurer, or even if you're not - take this chance. You won't regret it.