Teen Study Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Quick Facts
Start: June and July
Age: 14-17
Cost: $ 1,165 +
Num. Weeks:  2 - 8
Level: Beginner to Advanced
"Spring like" weather all year round.
Great location for exploring Central Mexico.
The school building has a pool, cafeteria and a recreational area.

For Ages: 14-17
Absolute Beginner to Advanced Spanish
Semi-Supervised Program

The program develops the communication abilities of the student through interactive learning activities. The program's main objective is to apply, in a practical manner, the knowledge acquired in the classroom through conversation workshop activities such as games and daily life situations. The communicative objectives of the program relate to basic communication needs in a family, school, or social setting.

Unique to this program is the fact that students studying Spanish will be completely immersed in the language and culture with few interactions with English speaking youth. Mexican families studying on campus welcome international teens in both formal and informal exchange. This provides a wonderful opportunity to not only progress faster in the Spanish language and have an authentic immersion experience, but also to form friendships with local youth that may last a lifetime!

The environment is conducive to learning. The classrooms are airy and bright, there are recreational areas, pools, a library, a bookstore, a money exchange service, a copy center, a computer lab, telephones, and a cafeteria . Additionally, there is a clinic where physicians provide medical services from 8.00 to 14.00(2:00PM), Monday through Friday.

The program consists of 6 lessons of Spanish language study daily, scheduled from 8.00 to 14.00(2:00PM), Monday through Friday. All levels are offered, from beginner to advanced, and lessons are held in small groups of no more than 5 students, allowing the school to match students with the group exactly suited to fulfill their needs, taking into consideration their knowledge of Spanish, ability to communicate, fluency, origin, and age.

Students will learn the Spanish language and the Latin American culture during the course. The program is designed to develop conversational fluency in the shortest time possible. In the classroom a "Total Immersion", also known as Spanish-only, policy is maintained. The program is dedicated to meeting the individual's needs.

Recreational Activities
Recreational activities are held at the school one or two times per week, Monday through Friday. The cost per afternoon of activities ranges between $10 and $15 U.S. The following is a list of some activities:
  • Dancing (salsa)
  • Folkloric Dance
  • Mexican Cooking Class
  • Arts & Crafts

Excursions - Midweek    
Midweek excursions are organized once per week. The cost of weekday excursions ranges from $20 to $35 U.S. per trip. The following is a list of some excursion destinations:

  • Cuernavaca Walking Tour
  • "Las Estacas", natural springs, and the Hacienda Vista Hermosa with its collection of antique carriages, gardens, golf courses and restaurant.
  • Visit to the magical Indian village of Tepoztlán with its Dominican church, former convent, pre-colonial pyramid and archaeological museum. Included on this trip are visits to Oaxtepec, an important government resort; and Hacienda de Cocoyoc, a resort hotel built around ruins from the 16th century.
  • Visit to the pyramids of Xochicalco, a ceremonial site for the Xochicalcas Indians covering six square miles of honeycombed underground caves and passages. It is located about 24 miles south of Cuernavaca.

Excursions - Weekend    
Weekend Excursions are organized once per week. The cost of weekend excursions ranges from $50 to $75 U.S. per excursion. Weekend excursion destinations include:

  • Mexico City: Visit to Museum of Anthropology and historic downtown.
  • Mexico City: Visit to art museums and Xochimilco.
  • Teotihuacán: The most important prehispanic city in North America with its two imposing pyramids.

Day-At-A-Glance

  08.00-08.50   Group Spanish Lessons
  09.00-09.50   Group Spanish Lessons
  10.00-10.50   Group Spanish Lessons
  11.00-12.00     Spanish Conversation Class
  12.00-14.00(2:00PM)   Grammar Lessons & Cultural Lectures
  14.00(2:00PM)   Lunch
  14.20(2:20PM)-16.00(4:00PM)   Recreational Program or Excursion

Accommodations - Homestay with a Mexican Family

An intrinsic part of the High School Program is living with a Mexican host family. This provides further opportunities to speak Spanish, and experience the Mexican culture first hand. Housing, three daily meals and transportation to and from school are included. Students will share bathrooms and bedrooms with other teenagers attending the program, or members of the host family.

Host families are carefully selected through the Housing Office to insure that the host families have experience with teenagers. They offer students exceptional room and board services. All concerns are taken care of and an effort is made to integrate every student into his/her host family.

Lodging At A Glance

  • Three Meals Per Day, 7 Days Week
  • Laundry Services
  • Complete Immersion in the Mexican Culture
  • Transportation to and from school
  • Familes Specifically Selected for Teens
  • Shared Room (Single Room Available at an Additional Cost).

Included in the Program

  •  All Levels Available: Beginner to Advanced.
  •  30 lessons of Spanish per week with qualified teachers, Monday-Friday (3 hours Spanish + 1 hour Conversation and Educative Games + 2 hours Grammar or Culture daily). Each lesson is 50 minutes in duration.
  •  Small groups of a maximum of 5 students.
  •  Accommodation in a homestay in a room with another student (shared room) and 3 meals daily.
  •  Daily transfer (round-trip) each day from home to school by a member of the family.
  •  Teaching and course materials.
  •  Free internet and e-mail access in the school's computer lab.
  •  Arrival/departure transfers from/to Mexico City airport to/from Cuernavaca.
  •  NRCSA travel insurance for program dates in the foreign country:
    • Accident insurance up to $10,000
    • Emergency medical evacuation up to $25,000
    • Emergency reunion up to $5,000
    • Repatraition up to $7,500
    • Life insurance up to $5,000
    • 24 Hour emergency worldwide multi-lingual telephone assistance.

2018 Start Dates

  • Teen Group Classes - Start June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,  2018

2018 Program Fees

  • 2 weeks: $ 1,165
  • 3 weeks: $ 1,605
  • 4 weeks: $ 1,895
  • Additional weeks: $ 425
     
  • Single Room Upgrade: $68 per week

Cuernavaca, Mexico - City Info

The capital of Morelos, is located just about an hour south of Mexico City and is known as "The City of Eternal Spring", boasting year round temperatures of 75F. It is a small city of 500,000 inhabitants with the many advantages of a large city.

The history of the State of Morelos is closely linked to the history of Mexico. Within close reach of the city are important archaeological zones of the great Mesoamerican cultures, buildings and convents of the Colonial period and the summer residences of Moctezuma and Maximilian of Hapsburg. Cuernavaca was one of the focal points of the Mexican Revolution and is the home of several renowned Mexican artists.

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