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Testimonials

Alexia Romero
Emory University

The Costa Rica program gave me so much self-confidence to know I was capable of going to a foreign country by myself and thriving. 

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Carlina Arango
Grinnell College

I was able to create life-long friendships with my host family and fellow peers along with exploring and getting to know Costa Rica's great natural beauty and rich history.

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Ruth Hoff
Wittenberg University, Assoc. Professor of Languages

The Costa Rica program was an ideal blend of academics and intense experiential learning. My experiences have stayed with me through the years and inform my passion for teaching Spanish today.

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Karen Skadow
Monmouth College

Every day in Costa Rica I learned through experiences, observed natural and cultural beauty, and had a chance to apply what I was learning in Spanish class through conversations with native speakers.

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Emily Benvenga
Catholic University of America

My ACM Costa Rica experience was one of the best experiences of my life because of the full language and cultural immersion that I received, all while feeling supported and comfortable with the people in my program.

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Natalie Talbert
Lake Forest College

My semester in Costa Rica was the best semester of my college career so far. Both my San José and rural stay families welcomed me into their homes and provided me with their own unique perspectives on Costa Rican life and culture. 

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Amanda Scott
Colorado College

I studied with wonderful professors in Costa Rica and received the Spanish education I've always wanted, pushing my abilities further than I had even hoped.

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Paul Appel
Cornell College

My time in Costa Rica was about building strong relationships. The people I met in Costa Rica will leave an impression on me that will last forever.

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Jillian Sarazen
Oberlin College

I gained so much in four months: high proficiency in Spanish, independence living in a different culture, two wonderful families that welcomed me with open arms, and new friendships with the other American students in the Costa Rica program.

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Meghan Keenan
Lawrence University

Studying abroad in Costa Rica was an amazing experience that I would recommend to everyone. My new friends and professors became my family. 

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Sarah Laven
Lawrence University

The interdisciplinary nature of the Costa Rica program created a holistic learning experience that not only honed my Spanish language skills, but made me think critically about the culture and environment of my new home.

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Zachary Steedman
Colorado College

The Costa Rica program provides the unique opportunity to live with two separate host families, and I left feeling as if I was, and still am, a genuine part of each family.

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Esther Fevrier
Amherst College

Though ACM Costa Rica boasts unparalleled resources while being situated within such stunning scenery, what really made my experience exceptional were the people—some of the most brilliant, talented, and gracious people I have ever met.

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Alex Nikazmerad
Grinnell College

I learned more in Costa Rica than any college classroom or textbook could ever offer. My fall spent with ACM was life-changing, giving me unforgettable memories and a stronger sense of purpose.

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Jacob Brenner
Ithaca College, Department of Environmental Studies and Science

My career as a geographer is largely made possible by perspectives I gained in Costa Rica. I can't think of another experience, career-wise, that has had a greater influence.

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Carmelita Rosner
Oberlin College

Studying abroad in Costa Rica instilled in me a deeper understanding of how a language reflects its culture, a stronger sense of independence, and a true appreciation for the relationships we can forge.

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Reilly Quirk
St. Olaf College

I chose ACM Costa Rica above all other Spanish-speaking programs because of its intense focus on full language immersion and the ability to live with multiple host families in different areas of the country.

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Heidi Skrukrud
St. Olaf College

Before studying in Costa Rica I had never lived in a big city, taken a bus or taxi, or lived with another family. ACM taught me everything I needed to know and was there to support me whenever I needed help.

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Claire Hammer
Lawrence University

I came to Costa Rica with limited Spanish, directionless in my career path, and knowing no one. Leaving three months later, I was almost fluent in Spanish, I had direction in my life, and a handful of lifetime friends and experiences.

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Ilana Mishkin
Carleton College

Joining the orchestra at the University of Costa Rica during my time on the ACM Costa Rica program made my experience unforgettable. ACM supported me and my schedule in every way.

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Lauren Hogan
Knox College

Getting hands-on experience with public health and activism in Costa Rica was a life-changing experience. My Spanish improved tremendously and I have become very passionate about speaking Spanish.

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