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    Simon Doong (The College of Wooster - Ohio)
    Mexico, Summer(2014)

    Testimonial

    " Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I have made in my life so far. The greatest benefits were experiencing the city life of Oaxaca and the beautiful natural landscape of Hierve El Agua and Puerto Escondido. There was a nice fusion of city and nature experience. Another great benefit was to practice my Spanish and be told that my Spanish was pretty good by a native speaker. It gave me confidence to continue conversing and practicing my speaking skills. The biggest challenge was just getting used to a new environment. Though I felt like I adjusted very quickly thanks to a supportive host family and staying busy with school and the program's activities. Sol's programs are very rewarding because they include a good education as well as numerous activities which help you to engage the culture of the country in which you are studying. For me the combination of classes, host family and personal interaction, and historical, scenic, artistic, and cultural activities, gave me not only a new perspective on Mexican culture and the Mexican people, but also an experience through which I learned a lot about myself as well. Host family was very supportive and welcoming. By the time I left, we were all family. Sol's programs are very rewarding because they include a good education as well as numerous activities which help you to engage the culture of the country in which you are studying. For me the combination of classes, host family and personal interaction, and historical, scenic, artistic, and cultural activities, gave me not only a new perspective on Mexican culture and the Mexican people, but also an experience through which I learned a lot about myself as well. It was an incredible experience through which I greatly improved my Spanish. The host families for everyone in the program were very nice and accommodating, and my host family certainly felt like my own family by the time my eight weeks were over. The classes were very well taught and the professors were very knowledgeable about their subjects, especially my Mexican Economics professor, whose perspective and teaching style made me feel like I was in a class in the International Relations/Economics department at Wooster. Outside of class we went on some great excursions such as to the frozen waterfalls called Hierve El Agua and to the beach Puerto Escondido. On top of all of that, we participated in some really interesting cultural and artistic activities. My favorite of these was the stencil workshop, because stenciling was used as a form of political protest during the 2006 teacher's strike in Oaxaca. The leaders of the workshop were actual participants in that protest, and some of them were as young as 14 at the time but were very talented artists. I enjoyed the workshop so much that I bought stenciling materials and have begun to stencil at home on my own. Overall, my decision to go to Oaxaca and to participate in this program is one of the two best decisions I ever made, the other of which was my "