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Study Abroad - Merida (Study Abroad)

Description

Merida is the capital of Yucatan. Appreciated by tourists, it is recognized for its cleanliness and safe streets. The white city offers something for everyone : history, culture, nature, sports and an easily accessible beach. It is also a true Mexican colonial city where one can feel the soul of the country. Merida is a jewel waiting to be discovered.

Two-hour spanish lessons are given each morning in groups of 10 students. Students may then take advantage of the afternoon to tour, meet people and appreciate the city area. Lessons are mainly theoretical and students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they learned in class and during numerous activities and outings. The organizing teacher can suggest course content to be given by the Mexican instructors.

Host families offer a room and three meals per day. They are upper middle-class families. Houses are large and spacious and offer several rooms. It is to be noted that the families have previous experience with welcoming foreigners. Usually 2 or 3 students are placed with a family. Accompanying persons are placed so as to be able to quickly go where their students are staying. Upon arrival in Merida, the students are met by the guide and host families who will also return them to the airport at the end of their trip.

Activities are arranged by a Spanish-speaking guide. As such the students can practice their skills learned in class and in real-life situations all day. Consult the program activity guide for more details. Your guide will also be responsible for host families. He or she will be the contact person for any requests or questions you may have.

Sample package

Merida spanish immersion – Mexico – 14 days / 13 nights

DAY 1

Arrival in the afternoon according to flight schedule.

Meeting with the local guide and the host families where each student will be transfered.


DAY 2

Breakfast

Visit of the Uxmal pyramids. The meaning of the name “Uxmal” is built three times. It is one of the most important former Mayan cities. The site is divided in three structural groups, the Pyramid of the Magician, the Nunnery Quadrangle, so named by Friar Diego because of its similarity with convents cloisters, and the Governor’s Palace including the House of the Turtles and the Ballcourt. (Optional: guided tour for 480 pesos).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Visit of the Caves of Calcehtok before going back to the host families.

Return at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner with the family.


DAY 3

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Sightseeing tour of Merida. This colonial town was built by the Spanish conquistadors over its own ruins. It was finished on the 6th of January 1542 by Francisco Montejo. Throughout the years, Mérida has transformed into a city open to new ideas and to foreigners. Its center is the Plaza Mayor, green and shady.

Boxed dinners provided by the host families

In the evening, attend a Yucatan’s folkloric dance show (only Mondays).

Overnight in the host families.


DAY 4

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Meeting with the Mexican students in the afternoon – depending on the time of the year, this activity might not be possible if the Mexican students are on vacations.

Salsa lessons.

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 5

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Afternoon and evening at the beach of Progresso for the Lunada (bonfire on the beach, music, dance, meeting with the local population).

Light dinner at the beach (hot-dogs, marshmallow, etc.)

Overnight in the host families.


DAY 6

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Free time in the afternoon

OPTIONAL: Possibility of visiting the Anthropological museum (supplement on page 2 of your quotation).

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 7

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Visit of the zoological garden.

Dinner and overnight in the host families


DAY 8

Breakfast

Outing to Celestún. Located 90km away from Mérida, on the Mexican Gulf coast, the bird sanctuary in Celestún makes for an enjoyable stroll. Thousands of pink flamingos dwell in this lagoon, as well as pelicans and egrets.

Lunch box provided by the host families

Back in Merida in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 9

Breakfast

Departure in early morning for a tour of the Chichen Itza ruins. Chichen Itza is one of the most important Mayan sites in Mexico. The main building is “El Castillo”, its summit is adorned with the symbol of Quezacoatl. Admire the ballroom with its high walls, walk along the sacred path until you reach Cenote Sagrado, the Well of Sacrifice. In old Chichen Itza, where the new town buildings can be found, you will come across “El Caracol”, or the observatory.

OPTIONAL: Guided tour of the ruins (supplement of 500 pesos for the group – to be paid on site).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Back to Merida at the end of the day.

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 10

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Visit of Mérida’s markets (mercados).

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 11

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Visit of Cuzama Cenote, swimming on site (underground lake).

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 12

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Meeting with the Mexican students in the afternoon – depending on the time of the year, this activity might not be possible if the Mexican students are on vacations.

Salsa lessons.

Dinner and overnight in the host families.


DAY 13

Breakfast

USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY ON-SITE

Spanish lessons (9:00 à 9:50 and 10:00 to 10:50 AM).

Lunch box provided by the host families

Free time in the afternoon to complete you souvenir shopping.

Farewell dinner in a typical Mexican restaurant.

Overnight in the host families.


DAY 14

Breakfast (may not be included according to your departure flight schedule)

Transfer by bus to the airport in Merida

Return flight

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