Traveler Bio

¡Hola! Hello! My name is Rachel and I grew up in the surf town in Encinitas, California. I enjoy reading, dancing, surfing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean. I go to college at San Diego State University, which is not far from my hometown. 

This past spring, I chose to live and study abroad in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a small country in Central America. I chose Costa Rica because I wanted to improve my Spanish speaking skills. I study international business with an emphasis in Spanish and Latin America, so what better way to practice my Spanish skills than by taking business classes only taught in Spanish! I lived and studied in Cartago, one of the major cities in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with many natural landscapes and wonderful people. I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!