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Kyra in Costa Rica: My host family in Vargas Araya

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on February 6, 2020
Kyra in Costa Rica: My host family in Vargas Araya

by Kyra C. Welcome to Vargas Araya! For two weeks, this was my home base in Costa Rica. Vargas Araya is a neighborhood in Costa Rica located close to the University of Costa Rica and just 10 minutes from Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA). During my time in San Jose, Costa Rica, I stayed with […]

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Costa Rica and my language barrier

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on February 3, 2020

by Tiana H. “No hablo español … ?” A statement I had to say a countless number of times after serving a look of confusion. Going to Costa Rica I knew a medium amount of Spanish. I took up to Spanish 3 in both high school and college. However, that clearly wasn’t enough because I […]

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Rewarding

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on January 15, 2020
Rewarding

by Shelby D. If I had to pick one word to describe my experience in Costa Rica thus far it would be “rewarding”. I came expecting to learn about healthcare abroad and am leaving with so much more. Living with my host family has allowed me to become submerged in the culture while also working […]

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On living in the open air

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on January 8, 2020
On living in the open air

by Tessi R. Jan. 5, 2020: I’m in a bus in Costa Rica, watching banana plantations flash by out the window. I’m fascinated by how outside everyone lives here. I remember it from Ecuador, and Southern Spain, and France. The doors and windows are open all the time, and even when you’re in a building, […]

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The bars that divide us

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on January 6, 2020
The bars that divide us

by Tessi R. The issue of security is fascinating me as I travel around Costa Rica. The foundation for our visit is “the alternative way” of Costa Rica, a country that disbanded their military 71 years ago and now rely only on negotiations and the courts and their police force for safety and security of […]

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Community health in Costa Rica

Community health in Costa Rica

by Alexandra L. Over winter break, I spent two weeks immersing myself in the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica for a study abroad trip with the Sinclair School of Nursing. I was able to stay with an amazing homestay family and practice my Spanish speaking skills as well as learn about the country’s healthcare, […]

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Host family

Host family

by Kalynn B. Getting dropped off with my host family was quite possibly one of the most stressful events of my college career. To say the least, I was somewhere between “what have I signed up for?” and “I might throw up.” So, you can also imagine the stress when I was originally told I […]

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Costa Rica: First impressions

Costa Rica: First impressions

by Kalynn B. Costa Rica is a country of peace. A country that has only fought in a single war against other countries in the entirety of its existence. A country filled with Tico’s. A country filled with some of the best fruits you will ever consume. A country filled with some of the most […]

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Homecoming

Homecoming

by Garren W. After 258 days abroad, it was finally time to come home. I was ready, and had been for a while, but it was no less sad to say goodbye to my friends and host family. I had become a member of the family. My younger cousins asked me not to go and […]

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What happens while you’re away

by Garren W. When you get ready to go abroad, especially for a semester or even a year like I did, you have to consider the fact that time doesn’t stop while you’re gone. It can be a hard process to make sure you’re ready, and it’s even harder to recognize that just as you’re […]

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