What do you think of when you hear... Costa Rica?

Exploring a rain forest, touring a pineapple plantation and teaching children at a rural school were among activities that started the college experience for 13 students at Appalachian State University.

"It was a great way to kick off the college experience, meet new people and be able to bond with them," said one of the freshman travelers, Ally Pollock of New Bern. Kelsey Fuller of Maitland, Fla., says she's already planning another study abroad trip: "I am planning on going to Spain spring semester in my sophomore year."

(This video was produced by Appalachian State University students who participated in the semester-long 2010 Costa Rica Freshman Experience. It was created as their final project.)