All posts by Marissa Olson

Reflecting On My Experience

I truly cannot believe that it’s come to the end of my study abroad. The Healthcare in Latin America program was absolutely amazing, and I am going to miss Costa Rica and all of the experiences that I’ve had while I was here. There are many things that I am going to miss. I’m going ...

Strangers Building Strong Friendships

Living abroad for a couple of months to go to school is an experience that not a lot of people have. Studying abroad involves discovering a new place, exploring, learning, and meeting new people. Study abroad is an amazing opportunity, and the relationships and friendships that are created so quickly are one of the reasons ...

Ways to Cope With Feeling Homesick

One of the scariest parts about studying abroad for many people is being away from family and friends for an extended period of time. I think that people are afraid of FOMO (fear of missing out), and miss their normal routine. Being abroad before I’ve learned what to do when I am especially missing home ...

Weekend Trips!

I think one of the most exciting aspects about this experience in Costa Rica has been exploring Costa Rica’s diverse travel destinations. Almost every weekend we go to a different part of the country. Now, I’ve been in all seven provinces at least once. Some places that I have been to include Jacó, Puerto Viejo, ...

Healthcare in Costa Rica

During my time here I’ve learned a lot about the healthcare system in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has universal healthcare for everyone, but this doesn’t mean that healthcare is free like some people believe. In reality  the majority of healthcare is paid for by the taxes of working people. It is a system of solidarity, ...

Monteverde- So Much To Explore!

Waking up early to see adorable monkeys at the window of my hostel is what happened when I went to the beautiful Monteverde. Monteverde is a place in Costa Rica that is full of nature, animals, and adventure. I really think that it was one of my favorite places to go while I was in ...

Seeing a Doctor Abroad

After my second week in Costa Rica  I woke up in the middle of the night nauseous, and immediately knew something was wrong. The following morning, I woke up to a text from my friend who was also sick. It was time to see a doctor. This is when I had my first experience receiving ...