I chose to participate in this program because it would give me exposure to a completely different culture. I grew up in a very diverse environment and was always exposed to different cultures, but never actually got the chance to visit other countries to experience them first hand. The only other country I have ever been to is Mexico and that is because I was born there. With the Costa Rica program I get the cultural experience while also doing research on a topic I am passionate about. I am really excited to go abroad and see something eye- opening with individuals who share the similar passion for adventure in exploring different cultural roots we may not be used to.