Nothing Beats Immersion
Are you ready to take your Spanish to the next level?
Our Travel Spanish Immersion retreat will help you do just that. Everyone knows that when it comes to learning Spanish, nothing beats immersion.
If you’re a traveler who struggles communicating with the locals, ordering food, asking for directions, and understanding the culture, this program is for you.
Over the course of seven days you will practice and develop the skills to become a confident traveler, all with the teaching and guidance of a certified language instructor (May) and the help of the locals along the way.
This incredible experience will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful and charming cities in Latin America in a way most never will. Not only will you learn about the history of Guanajuato, you’ll taste the food on a local Mexican street food tour. You’ll visit the famous Mummy Museum as seen in our videos, and learn how the silver-rich town of Guanajuato turned into the birthplace of Mexico’s independence.
You’ll be part of a small group of six to ten Spanish students. Each day you’ll get situation-focused lessons, and apply what you’re learning during the trip. With May and Jim’s help, you’ll get realtime feedback and encouragement throughout the retreat.
So here's the scoop:
Who: Us (Jim & May) + 6-10 of you.
What: Travel Spanish Immersion: Guanajuato, a Spanish immersion retreat.
When: May 3rd-10th, 2019 (7 nights)
Where: Guanajuato City, Mexico
Why: To level-up your Spanish and experience Mexico like a local.
Accommodation (7 nights)
Breakfast (5 days)
Lunch (5 days)
Dinner (2 nights)
Transportation to Guanajuato City from the León airport (BJX)
Transportation to the León airport (BJX) from Guanajuato City
Practical Spanish lessons throughout the week
All activities and entrance fees
What's not included:
Flights to/from Mexico
Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Passport/visa fees (US and Canadian citizens pay no visa fees when entering or exiting Mexico)
Day 1: Arrival
Day one will be a relaxed day as we get settled in. We'll have a quick lesson about Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner where we'll have time to get to know each other more and talk about the plans for the week.
Day 2: Ordering a Meal & Casual Sightseeing
After breakfast, we'll go over a lesson on How to Order a Meal in Spanish. Get ready to learn about Mexican table etiquette and some of the most traditional dishes of the country. Afterwards we'll go out to an authentic Mexican restaurant to practice what you've learned. On our way back home we'll stop by the most important landmarks of downtown Guanajuato. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest.
Day 3: Food Tour & Self Introductions
Day three starts with an exciting Mexico Street Food and History Tour led by a local. Laura will tell you about historical facts about the city as we enjoy the local cuisine. Bring comfortable shoes! We'll be doing lots of walking, but it'll be worth it. We'll go back home for a short siesta break, followed by a lesson on Self Introductions and How to Make Small Talk About Yourself. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest.
Day 4: Small Talk: Food and Weather & Mummy Museum
After breakfast, we'll go over a lesson where you'll learn how to make small talk about food and the weather. After the lesson, we'll visit the Guanajuato Mummy Museum and the cemetery where the mummies were first discovered. After the tour, we'll have lunch at a delicious restaurant with a view and review your skills for ordering a meal and talking about food. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest.
Day 5: Coffee Walk & Asking for Directions
Day five starts with free morning time where you'll be able to explore on oyur own or rest at home. We're doing an optional walk to one of our favorite coffee shops in town. Latter in the day we'll get together for a delicious lunch followed by a lesson on How to Ask for Directions. After the lesson, we'll go out and put the new knowledge to practice with the locals. We're closing the night at home with delicious tamales and atole we'll get on our way to the house.
Day 6: Shopping in Spanish and Visit to the Market
After breakfast, we're getting together for a lesson about How to Go Shopping in Spanish. Think of anything you need to buy because after the lesson we're going shopping at Guanajuato's most important shopping center, Mercado Hidalgo. You'll get to practice your Spanish with the locals and you'll also have time to walk around the market on your own if needed. We are going to eat lunch together and have the rest of the day to enjoy the city on your own or rest in the house.
Day 7: Your Choice & La Valenciana Mine Tour
Day seven starts with free time in the morning where you'll have time to rest or explore on your own. We'll have the option to do a quick tour of La Alhondiga de Granaditas. We'll get together for a lesson about the topic of your choice. After the lesson, we'll have lunch together downtown and make our way to La Valenciana Mine. We're going to decend into one of the bocaminas (entrance of the mine) and learn about the role mining played in the development of Guanajuato, and all of Mexico. We'll get back home and get ready for a farewell dinner where we'll say goodbye and talk about your experience during the retreat.
Day 8: Departure
We'll have an easy self-serve breakfast early in the morning. We all have to pack and leave the house by 11am.
Q: When will the Guanajuato retreat take place?
A: May 3rd-10th, 2019
Q: Where will we stay? / Housing (can I choose my own?)
A: We will be renting a house in Guanajuato big enough to comfortably accommodate everyone on the trip. You will be paired up with another member of the group or together if you have a plus one. Please contact us if you would like to request a special accommodation arrangement.
Q: Are we able to bring someone with us?
A: Yes, you may bring someone with you, but any guest must also register for the retreat separately even if the guest chooses not to participate.
Q: Will there be formal lessons each day?
A: Yes, we there will be lessons every day. Most days will have have a morning lesson, and some days have a lesson in the afternoon.
Q: How long will the activities be each day?
A: There are 5-6 hours each day of planned activities such as lessons, tours, and other activities. There will always be some free time so you can explore the city on your own or rest if you prefer.
Q: Where should I fly to in Mexico?
A: We recommend everyone fly to Leon Airport (BJX). We’ll pick you up there the day the arrival.
Q: Is it ok for a beginner-early intermediary?
A: Yes, this is perfect for you!
Q: Would this immersion trip be suitable for a beginner?
A: We recommend at least going over Margarita Madrigal’s book before the trip, but yeah. All levels will be able to benefit from this trip because our teaching method focuses on the spoken language ( very useful phrases and common expressions) instead of grammar.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Early birds will pay $1500 until February 2nd. After that, the price goes up to $1700.
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