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    Austin Hammer (Colorado College - Colorado)
    Argentina, Intensive Month(2017)

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    "The first few days I was [in Argentina], I experienced the standard tourist/foreigner anxiety. It took a week or so for me to realize that everyone was not constantly staring at me watching my every m View More"
    "The first few days I was [in Argentina], I experienced the standard tourist/foreigner anxiety. It took a week or so for me to realize that everyone was not constantly staring at me watching my every move. People will realize that you are a foreigner very quickly, and they don't really care! It helps to imagine if the tables were turned; if you were home and there was an Argentinian visiting, you would most likely want to be friendly and helpful to them. The same goes for most people in the world. You have nothing to be ashamed of, and human beings are typically innately kind people, so let your flag fly!! Also, [My host mom] was wonderful. She was hospitable and kind from the beginning of my time staying with her. She was also very patient with my lack of Spanish which made me feel included and welcome even further. She also cooks tasty food!" View Less
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    Robert Nance (University of North Texas - Texas)
    Spain, Summer(2017)

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    "[My host parents] are a loving family who truly care for the students they host. [My host mom] loves to cook and always made sure I was well fed. [My host dad] loves to talk and I will miss his storie View More"
    "[My host parents] are a loving family who truly care for the students they host. [My host mom] loves to cook and always made sure I was well fed. [My host dad] loves to talk and I will miss his stories that he would tell everyday during meals. [They] will always be my parents here in Spain and I look forward to times when I will meet them again. The immersion experience is not what I thought. It is not an overnight process, but a gradual improvement. For 3 months I lived like a Spaniard. I ate the food, walked the streets, made some of the best friends I have ever made, and lived the dream of the world. Sol Education is different in that the directors are not just colleagues, but friends as well. They will make sure you are well taken care of to the best of their abilities and will do everything to help you have the best experience possible. The programs are very well arranged and you will have some of the best experiences of your life. From exploring the cities of Seville and Córdoba to sipping tea in the Arabic baths of Granada, the excursions and activities in this program do not fail to impress." View Less
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    Anna DuFour (Western Kentucky University - Kentucky)
    Spain, Summer(2017)

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    "I think the greatest benefits of this experience was growing as a person. I can tell just from 7 weeks of being here that I feel more confident in unfamiliar situations as well as in speaking Spanish. View More"
    "I think the greatest benefits of this experience was growing as a person. I can tell just from 7 weeks of being here that I feel more confident in unfamiliar situations as well as in speaking Spanish. Any challenges I had lead to greater things that I was able to learn from. I feel like I am a different person than I was before coming here and I can see better what I want to do in the future after coming here. I feel more confident as a person academically, professionally and personally. Honestly, this is the best program I could have asked for. The staff, families and experiences we had here were second to none. When I talk to others who have studied abroad before in different programs, their experiences don't compare to this. I'm so thankful I chose SOL!" View Less
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    Lauren Camarillo (Texas A&M University - Texas)
    Spain, Summer(2017)

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    "All of our directors were incredible! I felt that they genuinely cared about our well being and did everything they could to ensure that we got the best experience possible. I couldn't be more sa View More"
    "All of our directors were incredible! I felt that they genuinely cared about our well being and did everything they could to ensure that we got the best experience possible. I couldn't be more satisfied! SOL is amazing! They really care about their students and do everything they need to make this experience the best it could be. My Spanish improved so much and I couldn't be more grateful! " View Less
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    Kortney Plummer (Winona State University - Minnesota)
    Spain, Summer(2017)

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    "[My host family's] house was AMAZING! [My host mom] put in so much effort to get to know us and tell us about life in Spain. She made incredible food and even invited us to go to work with her on View More"
    "[My host family's] house was AMAZING! [My host mom] put in so much effort to get to know us and tell us about life in Spain. She made incredible food and even invited us to go to work with her one day (which was so cool to see!) I am going to miss her and staying in her home, I definitely reccomend her as a host family! While here I not only made lifelong friends in the program, but also in the country. The greatest benefit was learning about the culture and actually living in it, not just doing all the tourist things. I have made so many memories that will last me the rest of my life! After living here I have fallen in love with the country and the way of life. The directors and leaders 100% care about you and your experience. They will give it their all to make sure you enjoy your trip. Don't be afraid to just jump in and start living the Spanish life. Take every chance you can to go on a hike or stay out late and get tapas, you won't regret it and you will make the greatest memories! Just want to say thank you to the program and activity directors!! They went so far above and beyond to make sure that everyone enjoyed their trip! They helped us create travel plans and gave us an amazing experience!! I will never be able to thank them enough for everything they did to make sure we enjoyed our experience here in Spain!" View Less
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    Andrew Carlson (University of Houston - Texas)
    Costa Rica, Summer(2017)

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    "The program is incredibly well run and I highly recommend it. You are going to have the experience of a lifetime. Directors were great, they were informative, instructive, and supportive. The host fa View More"
    "The program is incredibly well run and I highly recommend it. You are going to have the experience of a lifetime. Directors were great, they were informative, instructive, and supportive. The host family experience was the best part, my time with the family was absolutely incredible. My Mama Tica was beyond amazing and the entire family was so warm and welcoming. I can't imagine having a better home experience. Thank you so much, these nine weeks have been incredible, beyond my wildest dreams." View Less
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    Ashley Hardy (Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma)
    Costa Rica, Summer(2017)

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    "I'm so glad I came [to Costa Rica] and I came with SOL. The staff always made me feel like I was taken care of and they were quick to be there. In person, on the phone, or through email/text. I f View More"
    "I'm so glad I came [to Costa Rica] and I came with SOL. The staff always made me feel like I was taken care of and they were quick to be there. In person, on the phone, or through email/text. I felt like I had a support network through them alone. Everyone else I have met here was also amazing and kind. I can't name a single person that I won't miss." View Less
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    Lauren Gaston (West Texas A&M University - Texas)
    Argentina, Summer(2017)

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    "These SOL people know what they're doing! This a wonderful and economical program that takes the hard logistics of planning and extensive trip and handles everything so that the student can enjoy View More"
    "These SOL people know what they're doing! This a wonderful and economical program that takes the hard logistics of planning and extensive trip and handles everything so that the student can enjoy the immersion and have a proactive learning environment. Raul and Beatriz, [the onsite directors], love showing their country to students and do so in a fun, professional, and engaging manner. Both were very good to me and went above and beyond to make sure every student had what he or she needed. I appreciate how accommodating and patient both SOL employees and others I encountered through activities and excursions were with those of us still in the learning stages of Spanish. Many thanks to everyone involved that makes SOL such a stellar program. I am very grateful for the experience I had thanks to SOL and I look forward to working with the program again in the future. " View Less
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    Isis Burks (University of Texas at San Antonio - Texas)
    Costa Rica, Summer(2017)

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    "The biggest challenge was living in a country on my own that I did not share the same language with. Every day I had to push myself to learn more about the language and become confident enough to spea View More"
    "The biggest challenge was living in a country on my own that I did not share the same language with. Every day I had to push myself to learn more about the language and become confident enough to speak it to native speakers. However, that was one of my greatest benefits as well! The amount of improvement that my Spanish made within 3 weeks was amazing. I could carry on conversations with native speakers and I didn't think I would be able to do that. Another benefit was the amazing friends that I made. I was lucky enough to have a smaller group of just 15 people which allowed us to really get to know each other. After a week, we felt like we had been friends forever. I made some friendships that I hope will last forever. [...] Be open to everyone and everything around you! It can be scary when you get there but just jump in with both feet because your experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will surprise yourself." View Less
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    MaKayla Beecham (University of Kentucky - Kentucky)
    Costa Rica, Summer(2017)

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    "SOL is an incredible organization that really has a passion for helping students grow, both as a person and in their Spanish skills. Coming to Costa Rica was my first time traveling abroad by myself, View More"
    "SOL is an incredible organization that really has a passion for helping students grow, both as a person and in their Spanish skills. Coming to Costa Rica was my first time traveling abroad by myself, but the community here and the directors made the trip stress-free and so fun. Studying abroad may seem super scary, but SOL makes it so easy." View Less