"I have led Social Work programs all over the world for the past 10 years, and SOL Education Abroad in Costa Rica is the most professional and meaningful that I have experienced. From the first contact with SOL Education, we were “sold!” The staff members were very responsive and provided an alternative Spring Break trip in Heredia, Costa Rica that was tailored to our specific requests! The students obtained an educational experience related to the violence against women that could not have been replicated in the classroom. Further, the service learning component of the trip allowed students to engage in positive social change efforts that allowed them to collaborate with the individuals experiencing the social injustice. The opportunities were unique and rare and only possible due to the relationships SOL Education has with the members of its community. In addition to the professional growth that occurred during the educational and service learning components of the trip, the students grew personally through their interactions with the locals. Living with host families within a community was the most rewarding experience! The personal attention, love, and respect provided to us had a profound effect on all involved and forged, what will become, lifelong friendships! "