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Testimonials

Matt Spanier
Colorado College

The semester I spent in the Costa Rica field research program turned out to be the most influential experience of my undergraduate education. As I enter medical school to pursue a career involving global health, the desire to continue working in Latin America will continue to influence my educational and career goals.

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Diana Razo
Knox College

The length of the Costa Rica program was perfect for me because my college is on a trimester schedule. I was so happy to combine my two passions with my research project: Latin American Studies and Music.

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Allison Pillar
Macalester College

I went into the Costa Rica program with the expectation of learning more about tropical plant ecology, but I came out with a stronger sense of global citizenship and a better understanding of my place as a scientist in a different cultural context.

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Mark Myers
Associate Professor and head of Ecosystem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University

My experience in Costa Rica was a strong influence in my decision to pursue a graduate degree in Conservation Biology, and many of the experiences and contacts I made laid the groundwork for future projects in Costa Rica.

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Mark Bremer
Lecturer, State Univ. of New York Polytechnic Institute

Living and studying on the Costa Rica field research program opened many doors for my future. I gained valuable research experience that landed me a research internship at the Smithsonian and eventually a graduate degree.

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Fernando Figueroa
Lake Forest College

My field research in Costa Rica has allowed me to know the physical therapy world. My project also combined the fields of psychology, physical therapy, and public health, which allowed me to understand the healthcare system.

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Jaxon Rickel
Colorado College

The spring Costa Rica program taught me how to push myself to do independent work in a challenging setting. I was also privileged with the opportunity to explore Costa Rica on my own and travel to Nicaragua.

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Colin Jackson
Lake Forest College

The ACM Costa Rica staff organizes a trip to Nicaragua, which was one of my favorite parts of the program. Seeing two Latin American countries served as an unbelievable experience.

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Michael Pignone
University of North Carolina, Asst. Professor of Medicine and Medical Researcher

My Spanish language training in Costa Rica has allowed me to continue to serve Spanish-speaking patients here in the U.S. throughout medical school, residency, and as a faculty member now at the University of North Carolina.

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Lisa Naughton
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Associate Professor, Geography Department

My semester in Costa Rica forever changed me and deepened my understanding of tropical ecology and Latin American society. From that semester on, I pursued a career in applied conservation research, mainly in tropical countries.

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Rita Bouwens
Beloit College

ACM Costa Rica provided me with the unique opportunity to design and carry out an independent research project of my choice. I can now proudly say that I have successfully conducted a project that will be the basis for my senior thesis.

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Emma Cornwell
St. Olaf College

The ACM Costa Rica program has gathered an incredibly strong network of host families and research advisors. This provided me with experiences that would be hard to find in other study abroad programs.

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David Bickford
Macalester College

The ACM Costa Rica field experience was the first point in my development as a tropical field biologist. I first fell in love with the tremendous biological diversity during my field project working in the la Reserva Forestal de Rio Macho.

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Jessica Meyer
Colorado College

I am continuing to work with my advisor in Costa Rica in hopes of compiling my and other students' data into an article for publication. I don't know where else you can get an experience like that!

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Conor Sexton
Lawrence University

In Costa Rica I was able to combine my passion for coffee, environmental studies, and economics to create a unique and enriching field experience, with steady guidance from my advisor and the ACM curriculum.

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Gaelle Hollandbeck
Lake Forest College

Participating in the ACM Costa Rica program was one of the most life-changing opportunities of my life. It's a perfect opportunity to learn all about conducting a field research project.

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Sarah Bolitho
Knox College

The ACM Costa Rica field research program was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I was able to pursue my biological interests in the unique ecological diversity that Costa Rica has to offer while simultaneously strengthening my Spanish like never before.

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Jane Lindemann
Coe College

Doing field research during the ACM Costa Rica program was a dynamic, beautiful learning experience. I fell in love with Costa Rica's Pacific Coast sunsets, its rich rainforests, and its unbelievably kind people.

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Claire Pitstick
St. Olaf College

I ventured out of my comfort zone almost daily in Costa Rica as I talked to many new people, struggled to figure out the bus system, interviewed teachers, tried new foods, and was immersed in a new culture.

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Caleb Arries
Macalester College

I went to Costa Rica to learn how to conduct research and to improve my Spanish, but my time there far exceeded my expectations.

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Pål Robson
Macalester College

I consider myself lucky to have spent a semester in Costa Rica with the ACM, and I am positive that the worldly perspectives I gained there will be an asset both professionally and personally.

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Justine Decker
Macalester College

The organization and preparedness demonstrated by the ACM Costa Rica staff was absolutely incredible. The program has established hugely valuable connections within the country for students to quickly become engaged within Costa Rican culture and society.

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Raluca Oprinca
Knox College

My experience abroad through the ACM Costa Rica program was phenomenal. The paper I wrote was already accepted for a presentation at an international conference and has high chances of being published in a scientific journal.

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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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John Guittar
Grinnell College

My experience studying scarlet macaw nesting on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica was foundational to my future: it led to a peer-reviewed publication, and prepared me for three years of public service and science in Belize, Namibia, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Mojave Desert.

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