Costa Rica Summer Study Abroad

Hello my name is David Rubio. This summer I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica on a study abroad trip.  The program was called Latin American Children & Families: The Costa Rican Experience. It was in the department of Human Development and Family Studies.  There were ten of us students and our professor, Dr. German Posada.  We were in Costa Rica for about 12 days and we got three credits for it.  The trip was amazing.  We saw and did so much even for being there for less than two weeks.  We spent the first few days in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, visiting different kinds of schools.  We also went to an orphanage for children who had been taken away from their parents.  This was a sad experience, but also probably one of everyone’s favorite part of the trip.  We got to play with the children for a couple hours and it was so much fun.  You could also see how much the children loved having us around and also the ladies running the place were very grateful for the extra help as there were only three of them and ten children all under six years old.  I still miss those kids.  After we left San Jose, we went to more of the country part of Costa Rica. In groups of two we all spent the night with a Costa Rican family.  It was a unique experience and some of the girls were nervous about it, but it turned out to be a great time.  Another fun day was when we went zip lining and white water rafting.  It was so much fun to be in the rainforest zipping through trees and going down a river.  The scenery and view were beautiful.  The last three days for days of relaxation.  We stayed at an all inclusive resort and just spent our days by the pool or the on the beach.  It was a great end to the trip.  I am so happy I went on the trip.  I learned so much about families and children from a different culture.  I would encourage everyone to at least look into doing a study abroad trip in HHS.

–David Rubio, Psychological Sciences/Development & Family Sciences

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