This was an incredible opportunity for Sam. It broadened his horizons, he made new friends, and of course expanded his knowledge of the language and the culture. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and available. This made it easier to send our son on his first trip to study abroad.
Parents of Sam Crognale - Shanghai, China , 2011 (Reno, NV)
My daughter's self-esteem was greatly influenced by her trip to Costa Rica; she had fun and was able to help children in great need. She has decided to study teaching and wants to travel to outside the USA and help children like the ones she encountered in Heredia, Costa Rica. It seems that in just a week she matured several years. Thank you for giving children this opportunity, excellent work.
Parents of Celeste Lopez - Heredia, Costa Rica Global Impact Spring Break, 2011 (Ventura, CA)
I've never had a negative experience with ISA! Every staff member that I''ve interacted with has been positive, fun, and extremely supportive. Everyone is very helpful. The ISA London staff is great and the office is in a very convenient location!
Ellen Barber, London, England - London, England , 2011 (Fayetteville, AR)
The program and excursions were well-planned. The staff with whom I interacted were highly professional and knew how to relate to teens. Everything I have heard from my daughter about the staff confirm this. She grew personally from living in another culture away from home. Plus, she had a great time.
Parent - Florence, Italy Summer, 2011 (Anonymous)
The staff was great, very responsive and organized. The trip was incredible from start to finish. Hannah had traveled to Costa Rica with another program last summer and tells me that the ISA-HS was "way better!!" If she can go next summer, I will send her again!
Parents of Hannah Byrne - Cusco, Peru , 2011 (Natick, MA)
Mark's host family was amazing! They even had a birthday party with a cake for Mark when he turned 16 while in Malaga. Mark had many great stories about his lovely host family. I hear that their home was very lovely too and in a great location. It was an incredible experience for Mark to live with a family and have to speak Spanish, which in a dorm would not always happen. Also, it gave me great peace of mind to know that there was a "Mom" to look after Mark. Everything went so smoothly and as advertised. The staff was very responsive and easy to reach while Mark was away. There was always someone to answer my questions. I would highly recommend the program to anyone. It is so different learning a language while living in a foreign country with a host family. It really was an immersion program, set in a warm and safe environment.
Parent of Mark McKenna - Málaga, Spain , 2011 (Marion, MA)