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)
Thank you so much for such a wonderful program in Costa Rica. Adam returned home happier than I’ve ever seen him. He had the best time. He loved his host family, made lots of friends, learned a lot, and gained confidence in his Spanish. His grammar teacher was phenomenal. The weekend excursions were the highlights of the month. Most important of all, he became more assured in his ability to handle different situations, like being in a foreign country and away from home for a month. He came through with flying colors!
Parents of Adam Byberg - Heredia, Costa Rica , 2011 (Lafayette, CA)
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)