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Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment

San José, Costa Rica

Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea Simmons

  • Coe College
  • Costa Rica, Fall 2010

Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Majors: Spanish and Psychology double major

Activities & interests: Reading, writing, crafts, movies, photography, cooking, music.

Why I chose to do this program: I think the environment provided by the Costa Rica program will provide me with excellent opportunities to expand myself and my knowledge of Spanish!

What I'm most excited about: Exploring the country!

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Kelsey Smith My time in Costa Rica has come to constitute much more than just the semester I was there. I created strong bonds with the people, the country, and the Spanish language to such an extent that they still affect my daily life. I learned a great deal about myself, my passions, and my limits. From the many ACM excursions, to a day in with my host family, to an unforeseen hour-long conversation with my taxi driver, I found myself inquiring, discovering, and growing. While I continue to keep in touch with my host families, my hope is to return soon with fellow ACM classmates to rekindle old relationships and generate new ones. Ultimately, committing to a semester in Costa Rica was one of the most invaluable experiences of my life, and I never could have predicted or anticipated its lasting impact on my life and myself.

—Kelsey Smith, Costa Rica, Fall 2007

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