• Linda Klein
    parent of Elias Kleinsmith (Western Kentucky University - Kentucky)

    Mexico, Semester(2013)

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    "I chose Oaxaca because I thought that it would be a very comfortable city for my son. It is not so big that you cannot get around easily and it has an interesting mix of colonial, pre-conquest and art View More"
    "I chose Oaxaca because I thought that it would be a very comfortable city for my son. It is not so big that you cannot get around easily and it has an interesting mix of colonial, pre-conquest and artistic points of interest. I also wanted him to have a home-stay with a family and this program offered that." View Less
  • Margaret Ronquillo
    parent of Elissa Ronquillo (Scripps College - California)

    Costa Rica, Summer(2013)

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    "As a parent, sending a child abroad (although they are college students, we still worry!) there tends to be some apprehension. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sol (director, Janiva was beyo View More"
    "As a parent, sending a child abroad (although they are college students, we still worry!) there tends to be some apprehension. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sol (director, Janiva was beyond excellent) for its' dedication to the program in Heredia, Costa Rica. Your attention to detail and organization did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every email, message, conversation, etc. that I had with my daughter during her stay was filled with "wonderful," "awesome," "fantastic," etc. Putting together a group of college students from varied backgrounds, organizing excursions, providing assistance/guidance around the clock and working with Host families & students to help provide an environment conducive to learning not only a language, but a culture is no easy task. To do it at all is difficult----to do it ALL WELL and at the level of service provided is exceptional. I have had the pleasure of speaking with my daughter's Host mother a few times. Elissa cannot say enough wonderful things about her 'tica mom' (& the entire family.) My daughter believes that she had the "best" Host family, and I do not doubt her. As far as her University classes--Professors have been fantastic, class sizes small but large enough for constructive interaction. Elissa feels that her command of speaking Spanish has vastly improved as has her writing skills. The volunteer project that she worked on was also very fulfilling and I know that she wished to do even more had time allowed. There were some unforeseen bumps in the road, but the manner, in which these things were promptly handled by Sol, specifically the director and Host mother, was greatly appreciated by all. It seems to be that the only thing lacking has been time (& money) to spend more time in Costa Rica. I am looking forward to welcoming my daughter home and hear in greater detail about her time in Costa Rica! As my daughter now says---Pura Vida! Sincerely, Sol Parent" View Less
  • Susanne Archer
    parent of Jessica Endres (Texas A&M University - Texas)

    Costa Rica, Semester(2013)

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    "This was a WONDERFUL experience! Worth every penny! Thank you for taking such good care of Jessica! She says it was truly life-changing, and there are already aspects of her life here in the U.S. that View More"
    "This was a WONDERFUL experience! Worth every penny! Thank you for taking such good care of Jessica! She says it was truly life-changing, and there are already aspects of her life here in the U.S. that she’s been able to better manage because of PURE VIDA & love, wisdom from her Tica Mama." View Less
  • Karen Stack
    parent of Ian Stack (Boston University - Massachusetts)

    Costa Rica, Semester(2013)

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    "We originally chose Sol Education because of its Spanish immersion component, its affordability and the location of its programs. We were hoping that our son would become fluent in Spanish, experience View More"
    "We originally chose Sol Education because of its Spanish immersion component, its affordability and the location of its programs. We were hoping that our son would become fluent in Spanish, experience the culture (he lived with a Costa Rican family and is currently living with a Spanish family), study and travel. Of course as parents, we also needed to know that he was safe and well taken care of. We are thrilled to say that all of our expectations were not only met but have been surpassed. The team members of Sol Education Abroad, those in the US and abroad, are passionate, enthusiastic, flexible and truly enjoy working with students. Any inquiry or concern was answered promptly. Communication is so important and they excel in it. An earthquake took place while he was in Costa Rica; within an hour of its occurrence, we received an email advising that everyone was fine and then continued to receive updates. Our son learned so much, met many people, traveled (many trips were included in the program cost) and had the experience of a lifetime. We can thank Sol Education Abroad for that!" View Less
  • Jennifer Virden
    parent of Nick & Savannah Virden (University of Texas at San Antonio - Texas)

    Spain, Summer(2013)

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    "Dear Sol, I’ve been meaning to call you for weeks. I just wanted to let you know that Nick and Savannah said that Spain was by far the best trip they’ve ever been on, and that it’ll be hard to e View More"
    "Dear Sol, I’ve been meaning to call you for weeks. I just wanted to let you know that Nick and Savannah said that Spain was by far the best trip they’ve ever been on, and that it’ll be hard to ever top it. That’s a pretty big compliment, considering that they are fairly well-traveled. Their host abuela, Amparo Bolanos, was absolutely FABULOUS – they will remember her and her amazing kindness and hospitality for the rest of their lives. She truly went above and beyond what anyone would expect. Nick and Savannah love her. I also wanted to thank you for being so patient with me throughout the entire process. I’m so glad that we went through Sol! Please feel free to use me as a reference, if you have any parents in the future who ask for one." View Less
  • Andrea Rothberg
    parent of Miranda Rothberg (McDaniel College - Maryland)

    Spain, Summer(2013)

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    "Miranda had the most wonderful time at Sol's Program in Granada. She enjoyed her classes; had a wonderful time on the trips and etc. AND she absolutely ADORED Amparo Bolanos - her hostess. I be View More"
    "Miranda had the most wonderful time at Sol's Program in Granada. She enjoyed her classes; had a wonderful time on the trips and etc. AND she absolutely ADORED Amparo Bolanos - her hostess. I believe they will remain close for Miranda's lifetime. " View Less
  • Tanya Terrell Weideman
    parent of Matthew Weideman (Texas A&M University - Texas)

    Costa Rica, Summer(2013)

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    "Our sun enjoyed the time in Costa Rica VERY MUCH!! Your organization is top notch!! "
    "Our sun enjoyed the time in Costa Rica VERY MUCH!! Your organization is top notch!! " View Less
  • Patty Tobin
    parent of Kathryn Miyahira (Graduating Senior - California)

    Spain, Summer(2013)

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    "According to my daughter, she is having the most wonderful time of her life in Granada and has fallen in love with the city, culture and people! Perhaps all her new friends will come visit us in Calif View More"
    "According to my daughter, she is having the most wonderful time of her life in Granada and has fallen in love with the city, culture and people! Perhaps all her new friends will come visit us in California!" View Less
  • Sandra Weekley
    parent of Grant Weekley (Vanderbilt University - Tennessee)

    Argentina, Summer(2013)

    Testimonial

    "This is a fabulous experience for any student and provides an immersion into the language that not only improves their Spanish but also their understanding of another part of the world."
    "This is a fabulous experience for any student and provides an immersion into the language that not only improves their Spanish but also their understanding of another part of the world." View Less
  • Mary Ellen Markowitz
    parent of Abigail & Elizabeth Markowitz (Dartmouth College - New Hampshire)

    Argentina, Summer(2013)

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    "This is a well run program with interesting components. The students were not only educated at the university but also exposed to the culture through their experience of living with a host family as w View More"
    "This is a well run program with interesting components. The students were not only educated at the university but also exposed to the culture through their experience of living with a host family as well as the day trips and extra curricular activities provided by Sol Education Abroad. You also did a great job with finding warm, nurturing host moms and families. That meant a great deal to me." View Less