The Spirit of Botswana! (Leaving the country?)

Local Batswana joke with me saying I’ve been bitten by a ‘Botswana Bug’ but I have a different theory. Like Te Fita in Moana, Botswana is actually alive in what I perceive as a spirit. For a while I explained to locals why I conmect Botswana and believe it or not, I think the spirit of…

My last $100

In Botswana, one would notice that some of the prices can be cheap, but if not carefully paying attention to what you are spending, you’ll catch yourself in a phone call home for extra cash. For me, I came to Botswana on a fixed income so I realized this early on. When you go out…

Last Days of the Chicago Program: Full Circle

With the semester ending come a lot of mixed emotions—excitement to spend my first summer away from home here in Chicago but also sadness over everyone leaving and having to say our final goodbyes (although we already have a few reunions in the planning, so, technically, they’re not “final” goodbyes). This last week, I feel…

My Last $100

Chicago is such a big city that choosing how to spend $100 was actually quite the difficult task with so many possibilities of things to do (including a lot of free things, surprisingly enough). However, I was finally able to decide, so let’s start with breakfast. For breakfast, I would go to Creperia Nuevo Leon right…

There’s No Farewell in Friendship

In the second to last week in Costa Rica, there is a day of appreciation and farewell dedicated to the host families. The farewell celebration was an opportunity to cook for our families, something that they graciously do for us on a daily basis. After we ate, the other students and myself had an activity…

Witnessing Costa Rican Presidential Elections

Every ACM Semester has something different to offer. This semester, I had the opportunity to witness the Costa Rican presidential elections, from the height of the elections all the way through inauguration. Coincidentally, both candidates had the same last name, but they had very different stances. Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado. Fabricio is pro-life, homophobic,…

What I Realized my First Week Back

The Florence and London adventures are over and, after almost twenty-four hours of travel, I’m back home in the cornfields of Iowa. This first week back has been an adjustment, just like the first weeks abroad were. It’s a different kind, though, because I’m mostly readjusting to what used to be my normal. These are…

Nearing The End of The Semester

    Osa Peninsula is by far my most memorable travel experience in Costa Rica. In the richly biodiverse Osa Peninsula, it is difficult not to fall in love with the place. I set off for this adventure on an extended 5 day weekend with the students from my program. (If you are going to…

Breakfast with Setswana Morutabana!

Ke rata go ja! (I love to eat) During your time studying in Botswana, you will have the opportunity to meet some great language teachers. Julia, Dolly, and Tiro split the class of 10 to have smaller classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while Thursdays, were reserved for students to come together to learn more of the language…

A Week in Two Lives

This past week, my friend Colin and I have been keeping track of our daily experiences. Although we live in the same flat and share a class, our day-to-day adventures sometimes take very different paths! Monday Amanda We visited the Hampton Court Palace today, a place where history comes alive in the form of actors…

My Guide to Chicago Eats #2: Downtown Edition

Alejandra here, back with my guide to the best places to go eat in Chicago! This time, I’ve decided to focus on downtown, because let’s be real, with the ACM offices being downtown, that’s where I end up spending a lot of my time (and money, smh). If you noticed, I got rid of the…

New Travels as a Former Student

Are you finding it difficult to imagine your future study abroad experience? What about what about trying to imagine what it would have been like 30 years ago? Wonder no longer. I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah Eastman, an alumni from Grinnell College who studied abroad with ACM in Costa Rica in the Spring…