Sol Education Abroad Participant Reviews
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.
Summer in Heredia
Submitted by Gracie Proffitt - University of Kentucky | July 26, 2017
My time with Sol in Costa Rica was one of the most transformative (and fun) experiences of my life! I had never been out of the country before, but I am so glad I left my comfort zone and came to Costa Rica. The directors at Sol -- Janiva, Jessenia, Angie, and the others -- are all amazing at what they do and really care about you as a person. There is such a tight-knit community within Sol, and I left having made amazing friends. My mama tica and the rest of my host family were also incredible. They really helped me feel loved and at home and were so helpful to me both in navigating the country and in practicing my Spanish. I had taken years of Spanish -- including AP in high school and multiple college classes -- but never felt confident speaking the language until now.
The planned excursions and cultural activities for the first three weeks are amazing. My personal favorite was the Manuel Antonio beach trip, where you get to go to a private beach inside a national park and see sloths in the jungle. The set-up of the planned excursions is great, because we were able to familiarize ourselves with the country as we traveled in a big group. Then when it was time to plan weekend trips and travel independently from Sol, we were ready and had gained confidence.
My advice would be don't be afraid to venture off with friends to new places, go to intercambios and make friends with local students, and try to take advantage of unique opportunities you hear about. A bunch of us found out Ed Sheeran was coming to Costa Rica, so we all bought tickets to see him with the Ticos. We also went to one of the national team soccer games! So much fun.
Sol and Costa Rica are both absolutely amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat. I cried as my flight home from San Jose was taking off because I didn't want to leave. To put it simply, this has been the best summer of my life.
Skip classes at CLM
Submitted by apbassplayer - Austin Community College | July 25, 2017
I would not recommend taking classes at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas. The professors get very frustrated if asked to repeat themselves, which I find very discouraging. Also, they seem to have no lesson plan whatsoever. They arrive late to class and are very scattered when teaching. They do not leave much time for the students to practice talking Spanish. They lecture most of the time. I think the cultural activities I did would have been better if I were with a better group. It felt like I was with a bunch of people who just wanted to party and get wasted rather than have a cultural experience.