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2013 Photo Contest Winners!! (Fall ’12, Winter Break 12/13 & Spring 13)

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Photo Contest!

The contest included the following sessions: Fall Semester 2012, Winter Break 2012/2013 & Spring Semester 2013.

We received some amazing photos & we’re very thankful our students wanted to share their experience with us and the world!

Congratulations to…..

…. Logan Lee!
1st Place: $250 Cash!
 (with a total of 785 Facebook likes for his photo!)
Logan attended the Fall 2012 Semester in Costa Rica.

Logan Lee - Fall 2012 - Costa Rica
Logan Lee – Costa Rica – Fall 2012

…..Sam Spiegel!
2nd Place: (with a total of 459 Facebook likes for his photo!)
He will receive $150 off a future Study Abroad program with Sol Education Abroad.
Sam also attended the Fall 2012 Semester in Costa Rica.

Sam Spiegel - Costa Rica - Fall 2012
Sam Spiegel – Costa Rica – Fall 2012

Both winners attend the University of Kentucky! (Go Wildcats!)

The winning photos are highlighted here, but you can view all entries here in the Facebook Photo Contest.

Thank you all again for your amazing photos!

*Make sure you congratulate the winners if you can!

Sol Education Abroad – 2013 Photo Contest (Winter & Spring)

Dear SOL student,

Submit your best study abroad photo and win $250!

Sol Education Abroad Photo Contest Instructions:

1) How to submit:
– Email Sol Education Abroad at photocontest@soleducation.com your best
photo at it’s original size (largest amount of pixels & largest size possible).
– In the subject of the email put:
Sol Education Abroad 2013 Photo Contest – YOUR NAME.
– In the body of the email please include: your name, your session, country, and
where the photo was taken.

2) How to vote:

– A Facebook photo album will be created titled, “Sol Education Abroad – 2013
Photo Contest (Winter & Spring)
“. Once we receive the photos via email they will be posted to the album, and then they are open for voting.
–  You will vote by clicking the “like” button for the photo.
–  Anyone is welcome to vote! Get your friends & family in on the voting to help
you win!

3) Dates:
– Dec 15th: Photo posting opens
– Dec 15th – May 1st: Open voting!
– May 1st: Photo posting closes (any photos emailed after 5pm CST will not be considered for the photo contest). Once a photo is moved to the album “Sol Education Abroad – 2013 Photo Contest (Winter & Spring)” album it is open for voting. You will have from Dec 15th – May 1st to get as many “likes” (votes) as you can!
– May 15th: Winner Announced!

4) Prizes

– 1st Place: $250 cash!
– 2nd Place: $150 off a future Study Abroad program with Sol Education Abroad
(not redeemable for cash nortransferable to other programs or students).
– Top 10 finalists will all have their photo included in the next catalogue.

4) Eligibility:
– The contest is open to Winter Break 2012/2013 & Spring Semester 2013
students.
– The voting is open to everyone!

See last year’s contestants & winners: Sol Education Abroad – 2012 Photo Contest (Summer)

Good luck!

Photo and Video Release: I consent to the use of photographs or video footage that I am in and my comments about the Program to be used by Sol Education Abroad for publicity purposes and to the distribution of information about the Program to my parents or guardians whom I have specified in my Sol Education Abroad paperwork.

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Oct 15th – Study Abroad Fair Alert!

Hola!

Today Sol Education Abroad will have representatives at the following Study Abroad Fairs:

University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)
When:10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: UCR Rivera Library Walkway
Representative: Sol Education Abroad director

Getting Ready?

Dear Future Study Abroad students & Travelers,

This is a work in progress (please forgive that!), but it’ll slowly grow into the best preparation document you could find 🙂 I wanted to share my experience & ideas with you while you’re preparing for one of the best adventures you will have in your life!

Again, it’ll be updated when I get time, and of COURSE I welcome any feedback and ideas. Lets help everyone have the best experience possible! Thank you!

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A new country. Another language. New culture. Different food. And of course, distinctive dental work.

Distinctive to the perfectly, straight, bright & shiny, uniform smiles that us Americans get quite used to.

*~*~*~

Are you getting ready for your Study Abroad experience?

Are you throwing clothes around you room and giddy with excitement? Has your Mom had it with you trying to invent your own Spanish tapas, or Costa Rican Gallo Pinto?

What to do…how to prepare….ways to organize.

First, stop & breathe! You are going to another country, and that is amazing! What a great gift that is to be one of the lucky people to get to jump on a plane and explore another world.

Alright, now here are some ideas & thoughts to help you get ready & prepared!

Personal:

Get Prepared & stay excited!
– There will be paperwork. Get used to it. But any required forms, signatures & fees are ALL totally, and completely worth it. I’m just prepping you in advanced so you don’t let any unfriendly Financial Aid office people get you down, or deadlines stress you out. Keep yourself motivated by learning as much as you can about your country. When you have a free minute or two, read books, listen to music of your host country, online articles, Sol Education Abroad Country Handbooks, watch videos set in the country you’re going, and the Travel Channel! Never underestimate it’s power.

Here are a few examples of things that really helped fuel me prior to going (and help settle me back into the States upon return are):

Literature & Guides: Lonely Planet, Hostel World, Rough Guides, Mood Guides & Let’s Go!
Shoe String Budget Guides (Lonely Planet)

Rick Steeves, Fodor’s & Frommer’s!

Off the beaten path Travel Guide: Vice Guide to Travel! “Dangerous, weird, and offbeat locations throughout the globe” – Now doesn’t that sound intriguing?

Movies: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spain), Motorcycle Diaries (South America)

Music: Rodrigo & Gabriela (Spanish influence), La Vida Buena ATX (Salsa & Latin influence),

Trip & Inspiration and Ideas:

– Guide Book Sites! – See above.
– Google: Independent Travel
– VirtualTourist.com (tons of insights & tips!)
Independenttraveler.com (great review of all materials for travelers!)
Women-on-the-road.com (catered for female travelers).
GoNomad.com (Go! And don’t come back….Just kidding! Your friends & family might be upset….)
TripAdvisor.com
Hostelworld.com

Language: if you’re going to a country that hosts a different language (even English!), make sure you brush up on AT LEAST the basics! If you’re a beginner, great! You’ll have an achievable challenge ahead of you.

It is a GREAT idea to carry a little pocket-size phrase book (I carried a Lonely Planet one throughout Italy and used it about 13 times every day!)

All of the above suggestions are going to help you with language preparation, but stay as connected to your host culture as you can. Listen to music, read books, host country local newspapers, movies, and if you have any friends or family fluent in the language, use them as a great resource! They will be excited to help you and proud 🙂

Don’t brush off English prep. Of course we have our distinctive dialect. It’s a good idea to review greetings, salutations, and any word differences you might come across. For example, have you ever heard of the popular 80’s garment, a Fanny Pack? Well, check out what the British use the word Fanny for. There are PLENTY of other examples of phrases that might get you in trouble, so to avoid any troubles, check out the common language before you go!

– I like to use Word Reference for a quick word & phrase find.

– For Spanish (which is my forte) verb conjugation this has saved my life many times: Spanish Verb Conjugation

– Check out Sol Education Abroad‘s quick guide for Spanish Helpful Words & Phrases (you’ll find one at the end of every Country Handbook).

– Do a word of the day! Use your Smart Phone (Android, iPhone, Windows, whatever!) and download a word of the day app. You can wake up with it, and start your day right.
Then share it with us on our Facebook wall, so we can all work as a team to help all of our students to prepare.
*What’s YOUR word of the day?

Budget:

One of the most procrastinated tasks of planning for your adventure abroad! But don’t put it off! It should top your list of priorities in preparation for your voyage.

My personal travel notion: “Put all the money you wish to take, and all the things you wish to take on your bed. Take half your things and twice your money!”

Make sure you think about all angles of the program! What are you going to need to budget for? What does your Program already include? With Sol Education Abroad programs you can count on EVERYTHING being included (minus airfare and personal spending money). Check out: What’s Included!

Lay it Out!

Program Fee: $#,### (make a list of what it includes!)
Airfare: Which country are you going to & when? How soon in advance should you book your flight? Generally, the best deals will be 2-4 months in advance.

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to purchase your flight, since ticket prices will only go up as you approach your program start date. We recommend the following sites to search for tickets:

– SideStep: http://www.sidestep.com (searches over 200 travel websites)
Kayak.com
– Student Airfares: www.sta.com  & www.studentuniverse.com
– Orbitz: www.orbitz.com
– Expedia: www.expedia.com
– Skyscanner: www.skyscanner.net
– American Airlines: www.aa.com  (AA is no longer on many of the search engines!)

Personal Spending Money: – Our suggestions for our locations are as follows:
*Argentina:  $120-$150/week
*Costa Rica: $100-$130/week
*Mexico:      $100-$130/week
*Spain:       $130-$150/week

*These estimates are quite high, but it’s better safe than sorry! Also, make sure you think about if you will be do any weekend travel. Remember, in the summer there is a Sol led excursion every weekend! The semester sessions include one a month.

Some things to think about…
– What is your host country’s currency called?

Argentina: Argentine Peso
Spain: Euros
Costa Rica: Colón
Mexico: Peso

And what is the exchange rate?www.XE.com – Most up to date Exchange rates.
www.Numbeo.com (Use this site to compare and contrast the cost of living in different countries!)

What is my host country’s Country Code?
Argentina: +54
Costa Rica: +506
Mexico: +52
Spain: +34

Some helpful travel links para vosotros:
IndependentTraveler.com (Travel Tips, Travel Planning & Discount Travel)
CardHub.com (Help in choosing the best Credit Card for your international traveling)
SmarterTravel.com

**TO COME!

– Bank

– Packing
– Phone

Logistics:
– Your school’s study abroad office
– Paperwork
– Flight

2012 Sol Education Abroad Photo Contest Winners!

¡Felicidades!

1st place ($250 cash prize):  Lety Avila!

Leticia Avila studied abroad with us during the Spring 2012 Semester session and her beautiful photograph was taken at the Poás Volcano during the excursion to the active volcano at Poás Volcano National Park and hike to the edge of the world’s widest crater.

Lety’s host University is the University of Texas – San Antonio.

Poás Volcano – Costa Rica

2nd place (discount on future Sol Education Abroad study abroad program):  Hanna Matikyu!

Hanna studied abroad with us during the Spring 2012 Semester session and this awesome shot was snapped at La Fortuna Waterfall. The students were away on the weekend excursion to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, Rain Forest Zipline & La Fortuna Waterfall, where they experience the natural beauty of an active volcano and soak in the exotic hot springs, and zip line over the rain forest canopy.

Hanna’s host University is the Boston University.

La Fortuna Waterfall – Costa Rica

To view all of the fabulous photos our students entered, check out the Photo Contest album on Facebook!

Thank you for joining us ladies & for submitting such great photos 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150910362602513.402824.24830757512&type=3

Fantastically Fun Fotos!

Have you voted for the Sol Education Abroad 2012 Photo Contest yet? The posting closes on August 15th. The grande prize is $250 cash money, 2nd place is $150 off a future study abroad program with Sol Education Abroad, and the top 10 finalists will have their photo published in the new Fall 2012 catalogues!

The Winner will be announced August 25th.

To help our students get their photos out there, make sure to “like” the photos in the Facebook Photo Contest Photo Album (Sol Education Abroad – 2012 Photo Contest).

Here are some beautiful examples of student photos.

2012 PHOTO CONTEST: Emily Lyons, Parque Central, Heredia, Costa Rica
2012 PHOTO CONTEST: John Going, Buenos Aires
— at Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012 PHOTO CONTEST: Keith Slayden, Manuel Antonio
— at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.
Bella Cockerell – 2012 – Photo Contest
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
2012 PHOTO CONTEST
Julie Van Pelt
Costa Rica

2012 Sol Education Abroad PHOTO CONTEST!

Dear SOL student,

Submit your best study abroad photo and win $250!

Sol Education Abroad Photo Contest Instructions:

1) Prizes
– 1st Place: $250 cash!

2nd Place: $150 off a future Study Abroad program with Sol Education Abroad (not redeemable for cash nor transferable to other programs or students).
– Top 10 finalists will have their photo included in the next catalogue

2) Post your BEST photo to our fanpage wall ( www.facebook.com/soleducation)
a) In the caption of the photo make sure to type: “2012 PHOTO CONTEST: Your Name, Photo Location”
 b) Only submit 1 photo (if you submit more than 1, we will only use your 1st photo)

3) Dates: 
– Jul 7th: Photo posting opens
– Jul 7th – Aug 15th: Open voting!
– Aug 15th: Photo posting closes (any photos posted after 5pm CST will not be considered for the photo contest). Once a photo is moved to the album “Sol Education Abroad – 2012 Photo Contest” album it is open for voting. You will have from July 4th – Aug 15th to get as many “likes” (votes) as you can!
– Aug 25th: Winner Announced!

4) HOW to vote: You will vote by “liking” the photos in the album “Sol Education Abroad – 2012 Photo Contest”.

NOTES:
– You do NOT have to be a SOL student or alumni to vote! Get your friends & family in on it too and get them to help you win!
– You must like our fanpage to post a photo or vote
– Eligibility: any student who participated in a Sol Education Abroad 2012 Study Abroad program (January 2012 – August 30th) students will be allowed to enter photos.

*Photos sent by email will NOT be accepted.

Photo and Video Release: I consent to the use of photographs or video footage that I am in and my comments about the Program to be used by Sol Education Abroad for publicity purposes and to the distribution of
information about the Program to my parents or guardians whom I have specified in my Sol Education Abroad paperwork.

Good luck!

the SOL EDUCATION ABROAD Team