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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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Karen Skadow After my study abroad experience, Costa Rica is no longer a small foreign country on the world map. Instead it is a place that I experienced firsthand. I had the privilege of being a part of Costa Rican culture and society and learned from it every step of the way. Every day I learned new words through experiences (as opposed to vocabulary lists), observed natural and cultural beauty, and had a chance to apply what I was learning in Spanish class through natural conversations with native speakers. Studying abroad for me was more than just traveling or living in a foreign country. It was a highly valuable learning experience acquired from day-by-day adventures of experiencing Costa Rica, that encouraged me to test my limits and connect to the world that surrounds me.

—Karen Skadow, Costa Rica, Fall 2007

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