Sol Education Abroad Participant Reviews
Sol Education Granada
Submitted by Rachel Davis - Quest University Canada | November 06, 2017
This was a life-changing experience! I made so many amazing friends. The program organized enough activities but not too many so you could still find your own things to do! It was amazing.
Thanks SOL! <3
Submitted by Luc - Jefferson City High School | October 30, 2017
The most challenging and yet worthwhile thing I have ever undertook. I’m convinced Costa Rica is the most beautiful place on earth. The campus of Universidad de Latina Heredia is an amazing open air campus that allows you to appreciate all of the outside wonders while learning a beautiful language. All professors are bilingual and were able to help me in English if needed. We only attended class 3 hours a day and were typically done by noon. But, for those 3 hours we did nothing but learn Spanish, it was rigorous but short. My host family was spectacular and SOL did a great job pairing roommates. Janiva and Jessie are extremely kind and helpful directors. They were always there if anybody needed them. I traveled 13 weekends out of the 15 I was there for, Costa Rica’s compact but yet seemingly endless geography combined with a high exchange rate led to abundant traveling. I thought about Costa Rica everyday for nearly the first 3 months after I returned. It was spectacular.
Enriching once In a lifetime experience!
Submitted by Ayesha Khan - University of Houston | October 17, 2017
I learned a lot about the Spanish language and culture. I love to travel and traveling abroad was a wonderful experience because staying with a host family truly immerses you into the authentic Spanish life. I gained a different perspective and appreciation for a culture, people and language that is different than mine. I gained invaluable experiences living in Granada and exploring on my own, and learning the language. It was worthwhile and I wish I could have stayed longer.
The classes were fun and I learned a good amount of Spanish and about the culture, but they were not very organized and there were some issues with one of the teachers who had a bad attitude and personal problems. The class was not structured very well because many teachers were going on vacation in August and the students were not told how they were being graded and what their exam was like. But, the main teacher I had was very fun and energetic and I enjoyed my time in class. We would get off topic a lot and I think they could work on the structure and organization, especially in the month of August where in Spain they go on vacation.
A fun time
Submitted by Emma - St Luke's School | July 27, 2017
It was very fun, but there are a few improvements that can be made. Such as, more excursions out of Grenada like going to Barcelona or other places in Spain. I also think that if the directors gave us more space at the excursions it would be better.
The trip of a lifetime
Submitted by Jordan Wehmuller - University of Granada CLM | July 27, 2017
Spain was one of the highlights of my life. Through Sol Abroad, I was able to make friends, learn Spanish, and immerse myself into an entirely different culture than what I am used to. This trip I have learned to become more open minded, and I have learned the best memories can come from the most unexpected events. Also, it is so fun to coordinate group get togethers on free days without help from the directors!
An unforgettable experience!
Submitted by Maria Hayakawa - - | July 27, 2017
This trip really showed me that the world is so vast and wide and there are so many things I haven't learned about it. I love Spain and Granada. The people are so nice and helpful. My Spanish improved a lot and I'm so happy I got to speak with people from Spain and practice because I can't really do that in the U.S. I am never going to forget this trip
True experience abroad
Submitted by studyabroad101 - lower merion high school | July 27, 2017
This program manages to combine academics, cultural activities, and still allow lots of freedom and time for students to do things on their own! There is a large variety of different types of excursions in the afternoons after class, as well as longer excursions outside of Granada on the weekends.
Submitted by jenni - Phillips Academy Andover | July 27, 2017
Had a great time learning Spanish and getting to know the city of Granada. My host family was lovely and the homestay experience overall was amazing and beneficial. Loved getting to know not only them, but my classmates and other students on the trip. Excursions were super fun, and the cultural activities were mostly interesting. So glad I got to spend this month improving my Spanish, as it really has been helpful.
Submitted by Trevor - High School | July 27, 2017
The trip was a great time. I met some great people and learned more about Spanish. The family I stayed with was great. I enjoyed my classes and the students in my classes. The town is beautiful and there are many things to do. Eli wasn't the best director but he wasn't terrible. I think the worst part was that he didn't get me excited to go do things, he was very sarcastic at times for no reason. He seemed to be trying to cause arguments with some of the students at times. Migs was great.
Once in a lifetime
Submitted by sev - beverly hills high school | July 27, 2017
i had one of the best times of my life on this trip but i feel that eli was a little unfair and took away from the experience but i understand that he was just doing his job and looking out for the students.