An Unforgettable Spanish Immersion Program in Guadalajara
JAN 31ST - FEB 7TH 2020
Are you ready to take your Spanish to the next level? Our Travel Spanish Immersion retreat in Guadalajara City, Mexico will help you do just that. Everyone knows that when it comes to learning Spanish, nothing beats immersion.
Join an exclusive group of up to 10 participants for a unique Spanish Immersion program at one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico.
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 certified language instructors 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 Spanish, but you’ll also learn about the history of of the places we visit, taste the food, chat with the locals, make friends, and improve your confidence.
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 real-time feedback and encouragement throughout the retreat.
Our Unique Spanish Immersion Program
The weeklong immersion with our teachers combines group sessions and real world activities where you’ll use what you’ve learned immediately. All with realtime feedback. You’ll also have time to recover after the scheduled itinerary with time to shop, sample the local food, and get to know about the history and culture of the host city.
An Authentic Culinary Tour
We combine course material with history and culture by taking you on a delicious and informative tour of the local food offerings. You’ll learn about and get a chance to try real Mexican food made fresh, including Guadalajara’s famous tortas ahogadas, tamales, tlacoyos, tacos, and much more.
Supercharge Your Confidence and Your Spanish
Your private driver will pick you up at the airport and we’ll take it from there. One week later, you won’t believe your transformation. The fastest way to Spanish fluency starts right here.
We want you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s why we choose a centric and spacious home in downtown Guadalajara as our retreat home base.
Fees and Payments
The Spanish and Go Immersion program has a one-time payment option for double occupancy (each participant), and a multi-payment option for your convenience.
All coaching and materials throughout the week.
Private driver pick-up and drop-off at the Guadalajara (GDL) airport. The driver will be right outside customs.
Seven nights accommodation.
All breakfasts and lunches (vegan, vegetarian, lactose and gluten-free, and pescatarian options available).
Dinner (2 nights).
A series of informal immersion events to practice Spanish throughout the week.
All scheduled activities, tours, and entrance fees.
What's not included:
Flights to/from Mexico
Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival & Getting Settled
Day one will be a relaxed day as we get settled in. We'll introduce ourselves and get everything in place for a busy week of lessons and activities in the city.
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: Greetings and Goodbyes & Casual Sightseeing
After breakfast, we'll go over a lesson on Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish. After the main lesson, we'll break the class into two small groups according to everyone's Spanish level for extra practice and more personalized attention. We'll have lunch at a restaurant downtown followed by casual sightseeing in downtown Guadalajara.
We’ll visit el Tianguis de Chapultepec - a market where there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to practice in real life what you learned in today's lesson. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own or rest.
If you’re still up for more you can join us in La Plaza de los Mariachis where we’ll sample some local beverages and listen to one of Mexico’s most iconic genres live: mariachi.
Day 3: Asking for Directions & Bici Paseo
Day three starts with breakfast and a lesson in orienting yourself and asking for directions. You’ll learn what say if you get lost or if you just want to find a good place to eat. After our main lesson we’ll break into smaller groups for more personalized attention.
After the morning lesson we’ll get ready for a relaxed stroll on the streets of downtown Guadalajara. Once a week the city shuts down some of the main roads to allow pedestrians and cyclists a chance to experience the city at a slower pace. We’ll make stops a long the way to practice what we learned from the lesson and chat about some of the local attractions.
For lunch you’ll get to try some of Guadalajara’s most famous dishes like Tortas Ahogadas and Tamales followed by an optional evening activity.
Day 4: Food, food, food!
Our days starts with a food tour where you’ll get to try Mexican staples at some of the best stalls and stands in town at Mercado Santa Tere. Get your fill of fresh juice, bread, tlacoyos, gorditas, tamales, and more.
After the tour we’ll have a lesson on how to order food in Spanish. As usual, we’ll break into groups for more personalized attention.
When our lesson is over you’re welcome to take the night off to explore or relax. Or join us for an optional dinner where we’ll split the group into two: meat lovers and vegetarians. Try some of the best birria or more tortas ahogada with the meat lovers, or join the vegetarians for one of the best vegan Mexican restaurants in town.
Day 5: History Tour & Small Talk
Day five starts with breakfast and a tour of Guadalajara’s Centro Historico. Learn about how Guadalajara became of the of the most important cities in Mexico and the part it played in the formation of the country. You’ll visit la Catedral de Guadalajara, Hospicio Cabañas (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and more.
After the tour you’ll get to practice ordering food in Spanish and try another famous Mexican dish: pozole.
In our afternoon lesson we’ll cover how to make small talk in Spanish and break into smaller groups. You’ll get an even more tailored lesson to practice with other members at your level.
Day 6: Shopping & Practice at the Market
In our morning lesson you’ll learn how to go shopping in Spanish. You’ll learn all of the most important phrases for finding what you want and making a purchase.
After our lesson we’ll grab lunch and head to the market where you’ll get to practice what you’ve learned. Now is a great time to buy some recuerdos or souvenirs.
At night you’re welcome to relax or go out for some to try some Mexican drinks downtown.
Day 7: Review & Tequila Tour
Day seven starts with a lesson where we'll review the topics we worked on during the week. After that, we'll break the group into our two groups for extra practice.
After the lesson we’ll go on a very special tequila tour, where you’ll learn all about the making of this iconic beverage, and sample them to your hearts content. You’ll see how blue agave is harvested and what goes into making a bottle of Mexico’s most famous spirit.
You’ll get to practice everything you’ve learned throughout the week, and settle down for a delicious goodbye dinner.
Day 8: Departure
We'll have an easy self-serve breakfast early in the morning. This is the end of the adventure. We’ll have to pack our bags and say our goodbyes.
Check out from the house is any time before noon. Our private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport.
Are You In?
Enroll Now for the Guadalajara Spanish Immersion Retreat
Jan. 31 - Feb. 7, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will the next retreat take place?
A: Please sign up using the form here to be notified when new opportunities are available.
Q: Where will we stay? / Housing (can I choose my own?)
A: Housing varies by trip. In most cases, we rent a house big enough to comfortably accommodate everyone on the trip. In this situation, you will be paired up with another member of the group or together if you have a plus one. Sometimes our retreats will be hosted at a hotel. We’ll clarify which is the case for each retreat. 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, there will be formal Spanish lessons every day. We’ll have group lessons and activities and then break up into smaller sections by skill level for more personalized material. Depending on the activities for the day some classes will be in the morning, and others will be 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: Would this immersion trip be suitable for a beginner?
A: Yes, but we recommend at least going over Margarita Madrigal’s book before the trip for absolute beginners. 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: What should we do about insurance?
A: We require all retreat members to show proof of their own travel insurance. Usually travel insurance coverage for our retreats are less than $100 and can save a lot of headache in case of an emergency. We recommend World Nomads for your coverage.
Jan. 31 - Feb. 7, 2020