My study abroad experience in Costa Rica is quickly coming to an end after almost four months! Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I love sharing my experience! These are a few things I wish I knew before going abroad… It is scary! Moving to another country is terrifying. The first few weeks were very strange. You soon learn to find your rhythm and routine. Just remember your family and friends are only a phone call away. Culture shock is very…

Studying abroad with CEA has been an incredible experience. I have grown as an individual, future healthcare provider, and as a student. CEA’s slogan is “Learn your potential” has been my motto throughout the past three months. I have done things that I never thought that I would and overcome many fears. Become Independent! This was the first time that I have ever traveled out of the country without my parents. At first, I was very overwhelmed. I could do whatever I wanted! But what did I want…

Before I came to Costa Rica, I did not know what to expect. I knew that my daily routine and habits would change once I went abroad. I start my days with breakfast which is always very healthy! Then I get ready for class and walk to Veritas Universidad. I have an intensive Spanish class for four hours a day! The Spanish class I am taking now is directed towards students who are interested in a career in the medical field. I have learned how to take a…

  Studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica has been an incredible experience so far! CEA has given me many opportunities to get the most out of my study abroad experience through activities such as volunteering. The local hospital in downtown San Jose, Hospital Nacional de Niños, allows students to volunteer during the week. To participate in this program, it is necessary to have an intermediate Spanish speaking ability and to volunteer for at least three hours per week. I was very excited when I heard about this…

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  Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a strangers home for four months? Let me tell you, it’s a pretty unique experience. Especially when they speak another language! I have become immersed in my family’s traditions and culture, but they still manage to make me feel at home. Decisions, Decisions Before arrival, CEA had all of their students fill out a survey that let us choose our preference for certain aspects of our home. Among these included diet restrictions/foods that you don’t like, number of students you…

When I decided to go abroad, I understood that it would be a life-changing time in my life. I’m expecting to learn a lot while experiencing a new culture. What I wasn’t expecting was exactly how quickly I would begin learning. After being in San José, Costa Rica for just three days of my four-month journey, I have already learned a ton. These are just three of the lessons I learned in my first few days abroad… Two First Days Three hours into my first class, my teacher…