Meet Bonnie, the USAC Program Advisor for Germany and Spain. Learn more about her, below!
I studied abroad in Puntarenas, Costa Rica in 2010 and 2011.
I was invited on a weekend vacation with my host family to a retreat resort vacationed by many locals. I was so nervous, as I didn’t really know what to expect, and it was going to be the first time away from my USAC friends. This trip ended up being more than I could have hoped for. I built a great relationship with my host family (I felt like I became part of the family), I learned more about the “Tico” lifestyle, and enhanced my confidence in speaking Spanish and communicating. It was such a great trip that I am grateful to have experienced.
Munich, Germany! There is such a mix of history and modern-day life that coexist. From the history and architecture to the cafes, pubs and Bavarian cuisine, experiencing this city was truly vibrant and intriguing. The people are friendly and helpful with questions and navigation and anything else I needed.
A few of my USAC friends and I took a trip to Guatemala. We were backpacking through Central America using the local bus transportation. At one bus stop, a local lady sat next to me with baskets full of produce and groceries. I helped her hold them as the bus continued to fill with people. At one point one of the baskets started moving. Before I knew what was happening, a chicken flew out and was flapping around our heads. I screamed and swatted at the chicken. As I was doing this, the woman I was sitting next to slapped my hands away from her chicken. As I tried to apologize, she started laughing. Another passenger who spoke English told me that the chicken was for her family’s dinner.
San Sebastián, Spain. To start with, the pictures of the beaches, Concha Bay and city, look breathtaking. Also, I’m very passionate about Spanish language and culture. It would be an amazing way to continue growing in these areas, as well as diversifying myself in Basque culture.
Outside of work I love anything outdoors; camping and hiking are always on my list. In addition, I love to cook, spend time in the yard gardening, or take my two dogs on walks.
I would say it’s more of a “fun fact:” I have traveled to more international countries than U.S. states.
I’d love to learn a third language. I’m leaning towards German or Italian.
Programs: Germany and Spain