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UGA Costa Rica - Fall Thanksgiving Break Coffee: From Bean to Cup! : Testimonials (San Luis)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I think most significantly, I learned about the coffee industry and explain it to others. It has such a strong political, social, and economic impact that many people do not realize. I believe people need to understand how hard farmers work to grow the beverage we consume daily in order to gain a more appreciation for it. They also should understand there are different products, brews, and methods for creating a good cup of coffee. Lastly, sustainability is an important concept of the coffee industry, as they are careful with their water management and how much they use, along with re-using the leftover coffee cherries as waste for the future coffee crop.
— Haley Vickery, Fall Break 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
My words of advice are to fully embrace all of the moments of the trip, including the tough ones. It can be rough waking up early and being stuck in rain most of the time, but you're still in a beautiful country with a lot to offer. Also expect to see many different perspectives of the coffee processing industry.
— Savannah Finley, Fall Break 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you're a person who wants to explore the world and learn a lot without having to be away from home for a long period of time. This is the program to participate in.
— Cole Nicholson, Fall Break 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
No matter what career path I choose, this experience gave me a wider worldview on agriculture. It is invaluable experience to be able to adapt to different cultures and be able to expand your future endeavors through understanding and sensitivity. Programs like these do an excellent job of connecting.
— Cole Nicholson, Fall Break 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Like, I mentioned, this trip has developed me personally and academically. It has resparked my passion for writing and fighting for a cause. I want to make a positive impact in the world, and I now have figured out the my weapon of choice. I just have to find the cause that I am willing to die for.
— Kayla Sims, Fall Break 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Personally, I feel like I am better prepared to work in a professional environment with others. I was surrounded by twenty-one people for ten days, and I learned how to interact with everyone positively, even if there were not positive situations occurring at the time. While I will not be pursuing a career in this industry, I can hopefully use my knowledge to interact with others and possibly build a relationship with potential clients when I become a Financial Advisor.
— Haley Vickery, Fall Break 2016