Aero: Alysa Halsey – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Traveling out of the country is one of the best experiences I believe a young person can have. Living in a place other than the comfort of my home was frightening enough, and when I add in the fact that I couldn’t speak Spanish fluently, it was a nightmare of mine. However, these feelings […]

Aero: Sarah Warner – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… In preparations for this trip, I had in mind that I would need to know some Spanish terms in order to understand certain people and parts of the trip.  However, I did not know how much of the language I would truly be hearing.  I took Spanish courses throughout high school, all the way […]

Aero: Brianna Cardina – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… English is my first language. In middle school and high school I took French. I learned how to speak Japanese during my year abroad. But I barely knew Spanish going in to this exchange. Before our travel to Costa Rica, I took Spanish 101 – That’s where I learned hellos and goodbyes, numbers, days […]

Aero: Brianna Jackson – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Living in a country for two weeks, where the language is not one that I am fluent in, was certainly a culture shock. It was very overwhelming at first, and very hard at times to try and communicate with the people of Costa Rica. The most difficult experience concerning the language had to be […]

Aero: Tiffany Bane – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Being in a country where Spanish is the primary language was definitely a challenge. I had some previous knowledge of Spanish from high school but I had forgot a lot of it. Being immersed in the language, and with the people I felt like I learned more about the language then I did than […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Before going to Costa Rica I knew little to no Spanish. In just two weeks I feel as though I learned a lot of Spanish vocabulary and several important phrases. Yet, I do not feel as though I have the sentence structure and all question phrases down pact. Still I feel as though I […]

Aero: Alaiza Dominguez – Costa Rica 2015 – Learning the Language

Aero: Alaiza Dominguez – Costa Rica 2015 – Learning the Language … … Despite already having a little bit of a background knowledge with the language there were a few bumps in the road. Among them were dialect, the speed at which some folks spoke, and my big ol’ American accent. Overall it was pretty easy […]

Terra: French Immersion – France

Immersion – this is a word that anyone who’s ever studied a foreign language has heard. It is tough to reach a certain level of mastery before being immersed in the language you’re studying, meaning that everyone around you is speaking that language. … … For me, that language was French and my way of […]

Aero: Annie Livingston – Costa Rica 2015 – Biodiversity

Aero: Annie Livingston – Costa Rica 2015 – Biodiversity … … I was so looking forward to experiencing the biodiversity of Costa Rica. I had heard wonderful things about the environment, plants and animals there and it was true, there was always diverse beauty to be found everywhere. Of course I was looking forward to […]

Aero: Annie Livingston – Costa Rica 2015 – City Life

Aero: Annie Livingston – Costa Rica 2015 – City Life … … We stayed with our host families in the city of Alajuela, which is a moderately sized city, not too big, but not too small either. On our first day in Costa Rica, we took a walking tour around, then explored by ourselves for […]