The Resident Director for our Skidmore in Spain program is coming to visit next week and I’ve been going through past evaluations to try and learn as much as I can about this program. I’m a visual learner and so after reading three years’ worth of quotes from students I decided to cut and paste the whole thing into a word bubble generator. I think this image says a lot about the program:
The part that really stood out for me was the sense of community these students all seemed to have – with their host family, the staff, the other students on the program, and the people they interned and volunteered with.
Here are just a few quotes on the homestay experience:
“The home stay rocked my world. I loved the language immersion part of the program. I will always recommend to people to study abroad with a home stay because this is how my language improved leaps and bounds. Also, it was so nice to have such a caring host mother. She made me transition and my entire experience so comfortable and enjoyable.”
“The housing was wonderful and I loved having meals at home and having the stipend for meals in the city. I loved this part of the program! I loved my host mother and we had an awesome relationship. We would watch movies together, go grocery shopping together, eat meals together, etc. She was so helpful for learning the language and getting to know the city.”
“The home stay was the best part of my experience. This program truly immersed us in the Spanish language and culture, and my host family was the highlight of this immersion.”
“We were very well taken care of in Spain. My host mother was amazing and really enhanced my experience. The program center was a great place in a great location. The staff there were very friendly and helpful with whatever I needed in Spain. The program was very centered in Spanish immersion and creating a community within our program.”
“The best aspect, BY FAR, was the host family. When I look back on my experience, I think of my host family, how wonderful they were to me, how kind and generous and loving, how they treated me like family, and of course how much Spanish I learned living with them.”
Want to learn more? We’ll be hosting a Meet & Greet with Susan Sánchez Casal on April 2nd from 4-5pm in Starbuck 202!