For our six sophomores studying abroad in Costa Rica this winter, their eight weeks living and learning with a host family have changed the trajectory of their lives. Read some final reflections from Emma '25 and Bella '25 as they wrap up their time on Proctor en Monteverde!
Unfortunately, our once-in-a-lifetime journey is coming to an end quickly. These past few days we all have been reflecting on the new experiences, relationships, and memories here that have changed who we are. I believe that each of our unique stories from this trip will last a lifetime.
The connections we have built not only with our host families but with friends and faculty we have met make it extremely bittersweet to leave the place we now call home. I never thought that as soon as I stepped off the plane that my life could change this drastically. It’s hard to even describe all the laughs, smiles, and fun times the 6 of us have had together, but I know that’s what creates such unique and unforgettable bonds.
I can speak for all of us when I say we are incredibly grateful for all we have learned from this program. As sad as it is to leave, I know we have made the most of our time together here in Costa Rica and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m looking forward to returning to a place I now call home and seeing my second family in the upcoming years.
WOW, our time here in Monteverde is coming to an end very soon. We have had so many amazing adventures throughout Costa Rica. This Thursday we went down to Eva's hometown Las Juntas which is about an hour and half away from Monteverde. We learned about the history of Las Juntas and all of the gold mining and the killing of the first Afro-Caribbean people here in Costa Rica.
We were able to experience and see authentic Tico life because it is not a very touristy town. After we walked around the town and saw where Eva grew up we went to lunch and hot springs. These hot springs were so warm, refreshing and relaxing after a long day of walking.
We had a traditional Costa Rican lunch. Saturday we went to Selvatura Adventure Park to experience the hanging bridges. We were able to see some of the most breathtaking views, and learned about natural life in the trees. But for the rest of the weekend we all spend as much time with our host family before we have to say good-bye to them and this amazing place we have been so grateful to call our home for the last 8 weeks.