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Monthly Archives: January 2012




Impress your host family with these tricky trabalenguas

Written on January 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm, by admin

Want to impress your new host family or Spanish-speaking amigos? Try learning these tricky trabalenguas, or tongue twisters! Erre con erre, guitarra; erre con erre, carril: rápido ruedan los carros, rápido el ferrocarril. — Tres grandes tigres tragones tragan trigo y se atragantan. — Pablito clavó un clavito en la calva de un calvito, en la… Continue Reading »


An ambitious medical volunteer gets ready to go to Guatemala

Written on January 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm, by admin

  Ida is a student at the University of Michigan who was assigned a scholarship from LIVFund to volunteer at a medical clinic in Antigua, Guatemala during her spring break. Continue reading to find out more about what she will be doing while abroad.     January 22, 2012 It’s hard to imagine that in… Continue Reading »


Costa Rica: La Pura Vida

Written on January 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm, by admin

LIVFund Scholarship winner Olivia Zug’s interpretation of pura vida. pura vida: the unofficial slogan of Costa Rica pura vida: Spanish for “pure or simple life” pura vida means: living sufficiently, but magnificently never using more than I need learning about and with other people instead of focusing on temporary, material things finding new ways to… Continue Reading »


Costa Rica: Small country, big opportunities

Written on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 am, by admin

Have you met Olivia? She won a LIVFund Scholarship to fund her study abroad trip to Costa Rica with USAC over her winter break from school at the University of Maryland. Below is her latest update from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, but in case you missed her previous entries, you can read them by clicking on the links… Continue Reading »


Fireworks and leaps of faith in Costa Rica

Written on January 19, 2012 at 9:17 am, by admin

Have you met Olivia? She won a LIVFund Scholarship to fund her study abroad trip to Costa Rica with USAC over her winter break from school at the University of Maryland. Below is her latest update from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, but in case you missed her previous entries, you can read them by clicking on… Continue Reading »


An update from Olivia on study abroad with USAC in Costa Rica

Written on January 18, 2012 at 7:19 am, by admin

Puntarenas is actually heaven. It’s so hard to believe I’m really here. I thought three weeks would go slowly, but sadly the first weekend is almost here. Spanish class has been fantástico! I feel like I’m really getting better, but communicating with my host family, who literally speaks no English, is still difficult. I have… Continue Reading »


What studying abroad in Costa Rica means

Written on January 16, 2012 at 8:54 am, by admin

In the words of LIVFund Scholarship applicant Kayla Oliver, studying abroad in Costa Rica means… Culture. The people, the places, the food – all things unknown to me, but that I cannot wait to experience. Opportunity. I had never dreamed of traveling, this is a chance of a lifetime, and one that will help me… Continue Reading »


Ian wins scholarship to do internship abroad in Bolivia

Written on January 12, 2012 at 8:53 am, by admin

Ian is the first intern to receive a LIVFund Scholarship to fund his abroad program. A student at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, he is traveling to Bolivia to do an internship with Proyecto Horizonte. Not only is Ian a pioneer for LIVFund, he is also a pioneer at his home university. Determined to find a program… Continue Reading »


Latin America is the place to go in 2012

Written on January 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm, by admin

Did you see the NY Times top 45 list of places to go in 2012? Well, we sure did! After all, #1 on the list is PANAMA! That’s right, the NY Times thinks that Latin America is the place to be too. And, well, they’re right!                  … Continue Reading »


Perspectives from Antigua, Guatemala

Written on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm, by admin

LIVFund Scholarship winner Shawn gives us an update from Guatemala. After 5 weeks of intensive Spanish lessons in tourist friendly Antigua, he prepares to transition into his 13 month volunteer experience with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos at an orphange in the “real Guatemala”  - San Andrés. Click on the link below to hear Shawn’s take on… Continue Reading »