Testimonials from our SAA Alumni

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Student-Athletes Abroad introduced me to a new culture and way of life in Australia. This program and internship experience helped me develop professional skills that I will carry into my future. Student-Athletes Abroad allowed me make international business connections and life-long friends. 

 

This was truly a life-changing experience; I learned so much! Be open to all of the opportunities this program provides because you never know what can happen. Have no expectations!

Molly D.
Sydney, Australia 2019

In my three weeks in Costa Rica, I gained friendships from the other interns, relationships with the children and teachers at La Casa de Los Ninos, and a better understanding of how a third world country is. My site director, Silvia, said the first day to not have any expectations while we were there, but of course I had some. I underestimated life as a Tico because of the term "third world country," but I actually learned that life is not much different at all. Before this trip I believed that people are people and we are more alike than different; this internship reiterated that concept very solidly. 

 

I would share that no matter what sport you play, there will people in the program that have no idea about something that comes so naturally to you, and you will have no idea about some sports that others play. I would encourage you to learn everything you can about those sports, and that will help build relationships with the other interns as well. I would also encourage you to step out of your comfort example. For example, our entire group of interns went roller skating the last night, and though we are all student-athletes, most of us were terrible!

Maddy M.
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

My entire SAA experience was larger than life. I gained valuable professional experience through my internship, created life-long friendships and relationships with the people I met along the way, and I explored the uniqueness of a beautiful, foreign country.

 

When in Australia, network as much as possible. You will meet a lot of friendly and outgoing people... even when you are out and about in the city! 

Rachel S.
Sydney, Australia 2019

I gained a better understanding for the Costa Rican culture and how they value school systems as well as sport opportunities for kids with disabilities. 

 

Take the leap! It’s a great experience and you really turn into a family, and then you have friends all over the country.

Sadie Y.
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

I would recommend this program to student-athletes because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel the world and study at the same time. The program is run beautifully and it's a really special time meeting different people around the country that play sports. Have an open mind going into your internship and try to soak up as much knowledge you can, make connections and open doors for yourself. Also try to practice your Spanish so communication is not as hard! 

Jeff W.
Valencia, Spain 2019

I gained a lot of professional knowledge and experience while having the opportunity to explore a brand new part of the world.

The internship programs allow you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in professional settings while still enabling you to fully embrace a new culture. You get the benefits of studying abroad in a shorter amount of time while developing professional skills.

Kendall T.
Cape Town, South Africa 2019

This program gives athletes the chance to experience being abroad apart from your family. Traveling by yourself, or with 10 strangers, makes you more independent and allows you to make decisions on your own. I have traveled a lot with my family, but going abroad alone was a completely different experience. Along with being in a different country, you also get to help those in need and make relationships with people that you never would have met.

I learned a lot about many different cultures within South Africa. I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and teach children that spoke English as their second language. I gained a lot of self confidence working at Project Playground - Gugulethu site alone due to the independence and having to figure out ways to teach children about finance.

Brianna M.
Cape Town, South Africa 2019

Student Athlete Abroad is San Jose, Costa Rica was the best three weeks of my life. I learned so much about the power of humanity. I learned that it is possible to see beyond differences in language, culture, or background. By immersing myself in the Tico culture with other student-athletes, I was able to gain an appreciation for their relaxed, family-oriented culture. I learned to appreciate strong relationships by connecting to my host family, peers, staff, and the athletes and parents at Escuelas Deportivas. SA Abroad was a great way for me to connect and make lasting friendships. At SA Abroad, all care about each other and want to make a difference in people's lives. SA Abroad is a family.

I would recommend this program because of the relationships you can create. My relationships and connections with the athletes at Escuelas Deportivas, Beyond Sports, friends, host family, and locals will stay with me forever. There is no better way to make lifelong friends, and gain lifelong memories than with Student Athlete Abroad!

Nicole C.
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

Living and working in Valencia for a month opened my eyes as to how great and safe of a country Spain really is. Valencia is an amazing city easy to get around the people are super friendly and the city is just so much fun. If I had to describe Valencia to someone I would say Valencia is a really big small city it’s the 3rd largest city in Spain but it still has that relaxing small city vibe. 

The internship program absolutely changed my life. I met some of the best people ever and now they're great life long friends. 

Brian P.
Valencia, Spain 2019

This program will be the best month of your life and you will make lifelong friends. There is no other program like it. 

 

I met a great group of people and got to travel a beautiful country with them, while also gaining experience in my hopeful course of education!

Emily V.
Valencia, Spain 2019

This truly was a trip of a lifetime. I created so many new friendships all over the U.S. and Costa Rica. Learning about something you are passionate about and working with people who are also passionate about that, but from a different culture, is indescribable. You get to experience their culture by diving into it instead of just watching from the outside.

Due to the healthcare system being shaped differently there, I was able to have a lot of hands on work, instead of just observation. Going into the internship I had had no previous clinical hours, but was able to jump right into learning alongside other students at the university. What truly was unique to my experience is my extensive history studying Spanish (Kinesiology & Spanish majors), which enabled me to communicate some with patients and doctors. My vocabulary grew so much and I was able to apply both of my majors at the clinic.

Ali W.
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

SAA gave me the incredible opportunity to gain hands-on medical experience through the healthcare internship, while also pushing me out of my comfort zone in many respects. My host family enriched my Spanish-speaking experience and welcomed me wholeheartedly; I will be forever grateful for their kindness and generosity. SAA allowed me to immerse myself in the Tico culture in a way that I could have never achieved as a tourist. I enjoyed every moment of this journey and cannot wait to return to San Jose in the future!

This program provides the perfect opportunity to gain internship experience in a variety of fields while having the chance to meet other student-athletes from all over the country. With the combination of internship work, volunteer opportunities, sports training, and interaction with other athletes, there’s no other program quite like SAA.

Maddie H. 
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

This experience has empowered me to take hold of my future. As an intern in Valencia Spain I took every opportunity to learn. I learned about the culture, people, and language of Spain. I learned about job opportunities in a foreign country and I learned to network and make wonderful relationships with locals. In doing so, I feel equipped with the knowledge and connections to do well upon graduating from college and enthusiastically enter with workforce!

Nagina A.
Valencia, Spain 2019

Working with Project Playground in the townships of South Africa gave me a different perspective on life and people. It was such a fulfilling experience to be able to work with the children and learn about their culture. Everyone was so kind and welcoming and truly wanted me to learn and experience every aspect of their culture. Cape Town and South Africa will always hold a special place in my heart.

I would recommend this program because South Africa is somewhere that is uncommon to travel to in comparison to some of the other options. I learned so much about the South African culture and lifestyle, and I learned so much about myself, as well. All of the people I met were so kind and welcoming. If you want to get out of your comfort zone and work with children in poverty in a completely different culture, while also having fun while doing it, then this program is for you.

Megan F.
Cape Town, South Africa 2019

This was an amazing experience where I not only learned a lot about what I want to do in my career but also about myself and I had some major personal growth!

It's really fun, you'll meet so many friends, you'll get better at spanish, and you'll have an educational and personal experience of a lifetime.

Jane B.
San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

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