The historic center of the town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, does not fail to captivate visitors with its baroque art and architecture, intriguing underground tunnels, and beautiful parks and plazas.
Living and taking classes in Guanajuato is expected to be a complete full immersion in Spanish language and Mexican culture. Host families serve as a unique and valuable introduction into Mexican culture and values. Therefore, our students will be living with local families, generally, within the historic center of the city.
Students will take language classes in the mornings (Span 301, 302 Grammar Review and Composition) and a cultural class in the afternoons (Span 332 Culture of Latin America, with emphasis in Mexican culture and history). In addition, students will take lessons in dance, art, food, music and alebrijes with five Mexican instructors (these classes are part of the Span 332 curriculum). The weekends will be spent with the Mexican families and doing field trips.
- Welcome and Farewell events.
- City orientation in Guanajuato.
- Full cultural and language immersion living with a Mexican family.
- Exploration of several museums and historical places in Guanajuato.
- Visiting Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle, Museum of Anthropology, National Palace, Museum of Frida Khalo “La casa azul”, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe.
- Climbing the pyramids and understanding the concept of space in the ancient city of Teotihuacan.
- Appreciation of colonial architecture and baroque art in Guanajuato, Querétaro, and San Miguel de Allende.
- Walking the Chichimeca Ruins.
Expectations of Participants
With or without reasonable accommodations, students must be able to walk for three hours and sit for four hours. Activities include visits to several museums and cultural sites in Guanajuato, Mexico City, Querétaro, and San Miguel de Allende. The orientation day we will walk for almost 3 hours in a warm or maybe rainy weather, and we will climb stairs (Guanajuato has several alleys and stairs). During the field trips the students are expected to walk for long periods of time.
If some students have medication that needs to be refrigerated, our host families will be able to accommodate this need. During the field trips electricity, water, and medical attention can be found.