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Semester at Sea

I chose this program because I wanted to study abroad but I didn't know where I wanted to go for a whole semester. When a stranger (who turned into a good friend) told me about the program , showed pictures, told his animated and almost unbelieveable stories, and said that every dollar is worth it, I decided to go! This program is perfect for the student who isn't a skilled traveler, as they offer a broad spectrum of trips that are led by different faculty. It is also perfect for the student who is ready to jump out of their comfort zone and travel independently, as you are free to roam the country as long as you make it back by the "On ship time" before the ship leaves the port.
The community on the ship is full of all different kind of people which really adds to your experience.
The classes on the ship are most often led by great professors that are very knowledgeable about their subject. I found that the teachers on the ship are the most approachable college professors around. They love to help, and understand the rigors of academic life while traveling abroad.
I would definitely recommend this trip to most people.
From textbook to real life, you are able to apply your knowledge and see it for yourself.
Example:
Classes: Women Studies
Experience: Seeing the gender imbalance in India, poor families only have male children.
Global Studies
Experience: After learning about South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the Apartheid, I was able to visit the townships and Robben Island!
Weather, Climate, & Society
Experience: Studied climate change and the role of different countries as well as about the different environments we were visiting.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 28, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

I just recently studied abroad in Cape Town, and met some cool semester at sea students while abroad.

Frontier

I’ve just got back from a project in Tanzania- can’t believe how quickly it went, the whole experience was amazing and I’m gutted to be home already. I’m already missing the crew out there loads, everyone got on so well and I’ll definitely be meeting up with some of them for a night out soon. The place it self is like something out of a film- unbelievably beautiful and the weather is bloody amazing- which meant the beach parties were very cool! I went from being an absolute beginner at diving to passing my PADI open water and I am hooked for life, its totally addictive and seeing seven whale sharks in one day was a once in a lifetime experience. Even working at the school which I thought would be boring was an unexpectedly mindblowing experience- the culture is so different from what any of us were used to but the people were legendary- really friendly and so appreciative of our work. The beach clean ups were knackering but spending time threre makes you want to help with environmental work. Would definitely recommend Frontier- staff were nice and no problems in terms of organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 26, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Comments

This is copied word for word off of Frontier's website...

Amistad Institute

I thought I signed up to ELI abroad but I guess they were just the middleman. The people were somewhat nice but all I heard was complaints from the other students about their volunteer placement. We were supposed to be volunteering in a clinic, but there was practically no work for us to do. I switch to work in a kids daycamp which was more fun. The whole experience wasn't terrible for me, but they just seem like they really over-promise and under-deliver. If you just want to do something fun in Costa Rica, this is for you. If you are really serious about volunteering, you should probably look elsewhere.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
3
Value:
8

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I didn't know it at the time I signed up and paid for the trip, but I guess ELI was simply a middleman to a separate entity in Costa Rica. They basically just sent me to "Amistad Institute" who handled everything. I was a little upset that there would be no representatives of ELI there, but it turned out not to be that bad. I guess this was the first year ELI worked with Amistad, and from what I heard from other students, this might also be the last. It would have been nice not to be part of the "test group" lol.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
3
Value:
8

Comments

im in the ELI program in Costa Rica. My email is merrilymary@gmail. I can tell you a little more about the program if you email me.
my son is also hoping to go on a trip organized by ELI, and I"m worried about whether or not he will have support once there. What particular problems did you encounter?
Hi, I am also considering volunteering volunteering with ELI this summer in a medical internship and have some concerns about the reliability of the company. Just wondering if you would be able to share your experience with me regarding this...Did they take care of you while you were there? Thanks in advance, Jennie (jenn.ie@hotmail.com)
I'm applying to ELI and wondering if I could speak to you regarding your experience. Please email me at shalayne.pillar@asu.edu if interested. I would love to hear your experience- I have concerns that they will not take care of me which sounds like you experienced. Thanks!

Frontier

Frontier charged me £695 more than they passed on to the actual volunteer program in Huancayo.
They failed to arrange a pick-up when I arrived in Peru and misled me on many counts about the program before I arrived.
Although the staff in London appear very friendly it was almost impossible to get accurate information from them, or to get anyone to phone back.
Other volunteers have had similar experiences: I would not recommend Frontier to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
2
Value:
0

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