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    Nicolas Koehne (DePaul University - Illinois)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "Living and studying in Spain is such an amazing experience. You have the ability to travel through Europe and learn so much about the culture of a new country. Not to mention, learning a new language View More"
    "Living and studying in Spain is such an amazing experience. You have the ability to travel through Europe and learn so much about the culture of a new country. Not to mention, learning a new language or refining your Spanish speaking skills. It is an easygoing lifestyle and it gives you the mind opening experience of stepping out of your comfort zone and living in a new country." View Less
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    Daniel Ortiz (West Texas A&M University - Texas)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "My directors in Spain were great program directors! I couldn’t have asked for a better abroad experience. From the start of the program, the directors were there for anything and everything. The bes View More"
    "My directors in Spain were great program directors! I couldn’t have asked for a better abroad experience. From the start of the program, the directors were there for anything and everything. The best cultural immersion I have had is with the host family. From the first day, I was welcomed with open arms. Talking with the family definitely is a major part of the experience and I enjoy every second with the family. [My host family] was amazing. I had a great time with the family and never felt out of place with them. The great home cooked meals were my favorite. I had a great time meeting their family and definitely improved my Spanish speaking skills with their company. Everything about this program has improved my Spanish speaking skills. I enjoyed the best times of my life with these new friends of mine! Gracias SOL!" View Less
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    Caroline Oftring (The Catholic University of America - District of Columbia)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "My host mom was so sweet and nice! I could tell she truly enjoyed having us in her home and cooking for us, she really cared about us and wanted to make the transition here as easy as possible. She ga View More"
    "My host mom was so sweet and nice! I could tell she truly enjoyed having us in her home and cooking for us, she really cared about us and wanted to make the transition here as easy as possible. She gave us great advice and support. My host sisters were also great and helped us without Spanish. We ate every meal together and talked a lot. I loved living with them and will miss them a lot. [Studying abroad with Sol] definitely influenced many aspects of my future life. Living here in Spain I have seen a different way of life. It has opened my eyes to what else is in this big world and how I see it. I hope that in some way it will influence my career and I will be able to work with Spanish people or maybe even in Spain!" View Less
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    Michaela Curley (Winona State University - Minnesota)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "I love my host family. The single best thing that happened to me in Spain besides my roommate! [My host mom] is the most wonderful mom, and I am going to miss her. When I arrived on the first day, she View More"
    "I love my host family. The single best thing that happened to me in Spain besides my roommate! [My host mom] is the most wonderful mom, and I am going to miss her. When I arrived on the first day, she noticed I was on edge and she did everything in her power to comfort me. We went out to tapas when my family came to Spain, and my family also really enjoyed hanging out with them. I consider the next people who live with [my host family] are blessed beyond belief. Also, I strongly suggest finding a cool place to volunteer. At the beginning of the semester our program directors sent us a list of potential places to volunteer. I contacted the dioses of Granada and after meeting with the youth program director, I started working with a church after school program in pueblos outside of Granada. I was in a van for 40 minutes with other volunteers who didn't speak any English 2 days a week for the semester, and for this my Spanish improved immensely. I recommend getting involved with the intercambios, too. They are really helpful!!" View Less
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    Andrea Galeano (The Catholic University of America - District of Columbia)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "You get the best of everything with Sol! You are immersed into a city in which you are forced to learn the language and explore the culture. You get a supportive family in a different country and ever View More"
    "You get the best of everything with Sol! You are immersed into a city in which you are forced to learn the language and explore the culture. You get a supportive family in a different country and everything is so accessible in Granada. My greatest challenge was immersing myself into a new environment where I knew no one and nothing about the city, but this was also one of the greatest benefits because I believe it truly helped me to grow as a person. " View Less
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    Bronte Treat (St. Edward's University - Texas)
    Spain, Semester(2017)

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    "I love my family and would recommend that other students stay there. I felt so comfortable in my own home even though I didn´t speak the language. For me, the greatest benefit was being immersed into View More"
    "I love my family and would recommend that other students stay there. I felt so comfortable in my own home even though I didn´t speak the language. For me, the greatest benefit was being immersed into a culture vastly different from my own. I think living with a host family is incredibly important. When I return to my home university I would like to continue studying Spanish and join the Spanish club. I also would like to study or work abroad in the future. [This experience] has given me the confidence to travel alone. You all were so amazing and helpful and kind to all of us. I would highly recommend Sol to other students." View Less
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    Carolyn Steensland (Missouri State University - Missouri)
    Mexico, Semester(2017)

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    "My homestay was one of the best parts of living in Oaxaca. My host parents mean the world to me and they have helped me in countless ways. I will be forever grateful for them. In fact, I love them so View More"
    "My homestay was one of the best parts of living in Oaxaca. My host parents mean the world to me and they have helped me in countless ways. I will be forever grateful for them. In fact, I love them so much that I am going to stay another semester with them! Best host parents on earth, 110%!" View Less
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    Nick Edge (Eastern Kentucky University - Kentucky)
    Mexico, Semester(2017)

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    "Honestly hands down the best family I could have ever imagined. I love my family here and I am a part of their family. We bonded and grew so close in my 4 months here. They treat me like their own blo View More"
    "Honestly hands down the best family I could have ever imagined. I love my family here and I am a part of their family. We bonded and grew so close in my 4 months here. They treat me like their own blood son. I constantly tell my directors how perfect my family is for me. We were a perfect match and we have a close family bond that will last a lifetime. I also plan on coming back to visit them often. [If you’re thinking about studying abroad], don't be scared being away from home for so long and don't feel overwhelmed. Come ready, relaxed and full of excitement! The directors make you feel at home and help calm any nerves you may have. You are coming to a foreign country and a completely different culture, so it will be nothing like you are used to back home. You'll have culture shock for your first few days, but just stay in contact with your directors if you have questions and they will help you so much." View Less
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    Justin Ford (Texas A&M University - Texas)
    Mexico, Semester(2017)

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    "Mama Meche es la mejor Mama! No puedo decir nada malo sobre mi Mama. Creo que Mama Meche es parte de mi familia real ahora. Voy a extrañar Mama Meche mucho. Fui a muchos lugares con Mama Meche, mucho View More"
    "Mama Meche es la mejor Mama! No puedo decir nada malo sobre mi Mama. Creo que Mama Meche es parte de mi familia real ahora. Voy a extrañar Mama Meche mucho. Fui a muchos lugares con Mama Meche, muchos veces los lugares donde fuimos fue mejor que los Viajes con la programa. Tambien la casa siempre es limpio, nosotros comimos mucho, la comida es mejor que los restaurants. Y siempre ella esta preocupado sobre nosotros. Tambien, aprendí mucho español! Estoy contento porque mi español es mejor que en el principio de mi tiempo aquí. Yo encontré una iglesia aquí y esto fue increíble! Mi Iglesia es la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Oaxaca, las personas aquí fueron muy simpatico y aprendí mucho sobre mi fe y como puedo tener un relación con Cristo cuando estoy en Mexico." View Less
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    Dillan Garcia (University of California, Riverside - California)
    Mexico, Semester(2017)

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    "The directors from Oaxaca, Mexico were the most outstanding, enthusiastic, informative, and encouraging I have met. I could count on them almost 24 hours a day if a problem arose or had general questi View More"
    "The directors from Oaxaca, Mexico were the most outstanding, enthusiastic, informative, and encouraging I have met. I could count on them almost 24 hours a day if a problem arose or had general questions. Also, very caring about my well-being and they sometimes took it upon themselves to check on me. Lastly, they kept it professional at all times and made sure we followed Sol Education Abroad protocols. They are the best!!! All my professors, too, were outstanding. Very passionate about teaching and an open heart and mind when discursive topics were brought onto the table. In addition, they were very knowledgeable in their respective fields and had a lot of personal experience to contribute in relation with a given topic. My host family was the most welcoming and accepting I have met. I especially have to mention [my host mom], who took it upon herself to immerse her host children in trying and experiencing all kinds of activities. She is so energetic and easy to talk with. Every now and then we would go on hikes, walks, or sit around the table and exchange culture. Also, make jokes and be silly. [My host dad] would also join us and talk about interesting topics like politics, history of Mexico, travel experiences, or their business. I was also presented to her daughter and son who come by every so often to say hello. And the daughter had a cute little son who would visit often would talk about how much he liked soccer or ask us questions. I enjoyed all the different age levels and what then wisdom/experience they shared with me. In my experience this has been the most open and loving family I have the pleasure to stay with. I would recommend them to any future Sol student." View Less