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KEI Abroad in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    3

A taste of my future medical career

The program provided me with valuable clinical experience and strengthened proficiency in the Spanish language. In terms of academics and my professional career, the program definitely furthered my progress. My host family was very accommodating. The two biggest downsides to the experience was safety and social life. Many of the students did not feel very safe because high crime rates and constant cat calling. I recommend never traveling alone, especially at night. In terms of the social life, the people of Guayaquil are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. However, there are not many fun things to do in the city. Most of the fun is to be had in other cities within in Ecuador, such as Montanita and Quito.