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This nine-day program is designed for retirees to get a taste of the heart of Mexico while learning Spanish and enjoying cultural outings. Students will gain a realistic understanding of the fascinating, diverse and warm Mexican culture through first-hand experiences and interactions with local people.

Students will begin each weekday with two hours of survival Spanish, a maximum of five students per class. Classes will focus on ways to communicate in Spanish and how to feel comfortable traveling in Mexico.

Cultural classes: will then be offered each weekday for two hours, offering a taste of many aspects of the culture: cooking, dancing, history, current events, art, music, etc. Students may pick and choose among the various activities offered each day based on their own interests. Additional Spanish classes will be offered at this time as well for those who want to polish their Spanish skills.

Excursions: Typical afternoon and weekend excursions: a tour of colonial, downtown Cuernavaca, a visit to Cortez’ Palace and its Diego Rivera murals, art museums, drinks/dinner at Cuernavaca’s best restaurants, Tepoztlán – a magical town with lush, natural surroundings, Taxco – a colonial town known for its beautiful silver jewelry, a taste of Mexico City’s art and culture.

February 17 – 25, 2008
March 15 – 23, 2008

Cost: $930 U.S. (not including airfare). This price includes all Spanish and culture classes, homestay (with a Mexican family within walking distance of the school) including a private room and three meals daily, all excursions, all transportation within Mexico, all booking and agent fees, trip cancellation and medical insurance. Additional expenses for the traveler would be drinks and meals at optional dining and happy hour outings, as noted in the itinerary. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, the above cost is reduced by $180 and all hotel and meal costs must be covered separately. (We can recommend some excellent, convenient options).


U.S. Contact for this program: John Prevost, Professor of Spanish, Central Arizona College. (520) 494-5386 or cell (520) 560-0663