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Sol Abroad High School Program in Mexico

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Monte Alban
Monte Alban
Oaxaxan Market
Oaxaxan Market
Hierve el Agua: Rock Formation
Hierve el Agua: highest (safely) accessible point of rock formation.
Allende
Monte Alban
Santo Domingo
Sol students at Saint James Monastery
Sol students at Saint James Monastery

About

Study abroad with Sol Abroad in the charming colonial city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Set in the highlands of Oaxaca state and surrounded by the lush Sierra Norte mountains, Oaxaca is a culinary and artistic center of Mexico and Latin America. Your experience with Sol Abroad will focus on learning about the many facets of the incredible cultures that make up Oaxaca. Spanish classes are taught weekday mornings at the University of Oaxaca's Language Department. On weekday afternoons you will have cultural and volunteer activities and on the weekends you will get outside of Oaxaca to explore the incredible cultural and natural sites of Oaxaca state.

Highlights
  • Beautiful & safe colonial city
  • Incredible host families
  • University credit included
  • Weekend excursions
  • Weekday cultural & volunteer activities

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 20 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.7
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Carly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of my trip to Oaxaca!

Upon arriving in Oaxaca it was nerve-racking to leave, and embarking on a new foreign experience. I was blessed to meet up with my roommate at the Fortworth airport in Dallas and we immediately bonded over our nervousness, unsure what the next 3 weeks had in store for us. My roommate and I were dropped at first, to our host families' house, they were so sweet and welcoming. Every day our house mom cooked us some of the most delicious homemade meals I'd ever had. We'd also been lucky to be in walking distance of the school as well as the city. Many days after school we'd meet up with others to walk the streets and explore. The excursions were fun but also helpful in developing our comprehension, listening, speaking of Spanish, and our immersion of the culture. Priscila, the director of the group, always goes out of her way to help the group and made sure everything went smoothly. The friendships made with the other solmates also made the trip/experience one to never forget...

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of your free time! Do a little research, and you'd be surprised of the little nooks and crannies of cute places that the city holds.
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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience For Students Dedicated to Spanish and Adventure

Traveling abroad to study Spanish has been a life long dream of mine, and Sol Abroad gave me the opportunity to achieve this in Mexico! Over the course of the program, I made strides in my conversational Spanish larger than in my previous 3 years of education. I'm grateful to have been challenged with new technical and comprehension skills in and outside the classroom everyday. These language lessons were paired with incredibly enriching excursions designed to educate us about the spirit and culture of Oaxaca (My favorite parts). Oaxaca city is the most beautiful and naturally diverse city I have ever been to. I'm so grateful to the wonderful people I met, like my lovely program director, and compassionate host family, for showing us their city and also allowing us the independence to explore on our own. I cannot say enough about how positively this experience has impacted my life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace your surroundings and put yourself out there, that's the best way to immerse yourself in the new culture.
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Lizzie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Learning Opportunity

My trip to Oaxaca was a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Mexico and learn Spanish in a place where everyone speaks the language. I got full immersion and the daily Spanish classes were awesome. The classes improved my grammar and fluency more in two months than I’d improved in the past five years I’d tried to learn Spanish before. We also went on quite a few excursions to beautiful places and archeological sights. Our group guides were super knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Whenever we went on excursions where the meals were provided, they always chose great local options that catered to everyone’s dietary needs and were delicious. The local food was amazing! There were so many options to try and the street food was delicious.

What would you improve about this program?
The biggest complaint of had was my host family. They weren’t great about listening to the group’s instructions. I’m not a picky eater, but we were given the same meal for breakfast every day, and food that I had intolerances to. When I ate at other host families homes, it was a completely different experience though. Most of the host families were amazing, but mine just wasn’t quite up to par.
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Isidora
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SolAbroadOaxaca

Going to Oaxaca, Mexico with Sol was awesome! It was my first time traveling alone, and I had an awesome time with them, all the excisions were really fun. The language classes were really helpful, except I had some difficulty getting to a level that for for me, one was too easy and the other too hard without one in between, and one class gave a lot more homework than I would expect for a summer class. I got the best language experience through my host family, who were awesome! They spoke little English so we had to communicate almost all in Spanish, and this really helped my language growth, I’m going into AP Spanish in school now, and I don’t think I would be as ready as I am now without the experience of just having to communicate with them on a daily basis for 3 weeks.

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Eli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

My experience in Oaxaca was amazing I went on many adventures with my group during the trip. It consisted of just going on trips or learning and sometimes just talking to the friends that I made. We would try new foods every now and then and they were all really great. My favorite was this sushi place that was near my home called Sensei sushi. The housing I thought was amazing and my host parents were really incredible and made amazing food for me. The adventures we went on were really incredible as well we visited ruins and took mini trips away together. We would also just stroll around the city. Oaxaca is an amazing place to experience with the program and the people you meet there are really incredible I'll never forget my experience there.

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Raymond
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Oaxacan experience

My experience in Oaxaca will be forever be in a very special place in my heart and forever in my mind. The experience i have gotten was the first day I arrived in Oaxaca when I my sister took me to a flea market, and man I will never forget the hospitality and the culture in that place. Plus I cant forget my stay home mom where i felt like she was my grandmother and I was her grandson , and my two roommates who felt like brothers to me. I also loved the people in Oaxaca where they're the most hospitable people I've ever met. The people I've met and whom i made friends with are also one of the best experiences I have . To add to that the group I was with was phenomenal where we planned to meet and greet each other in the school we were taking was by far the best. So I encourage anyone who's willing to make friends and meet people who's have a large culture to take sol abroad.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
That I would spend more time talking with my stay home mom and talking Spanish to each other.
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Christy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our daughter's wonderful trip

Our daughter had the best time in Oaxaca learning Spanish, taking in the local culture, meeting friends, touring beautiful sites, and bonding with her host family. We were obviously concerned at the outset, when we started looking for a Spanish immersion program, that she book with a reputable organization that would ensure her safety and provide a rewarding experience. Sol Abroad definitely did that and more! From the beginning, the staff were always responsive to our questions. They helped us throughout the registration process, and communicated during the weeks leading up to the trip. While she was in Mexico, they kept us informed. She loved her host family and became close with them. We also felt it was a good value for the cost. Thank you, Sol Abroad, for everything!

What would you improve about this program?
Our daughter wished she had gotten more out of her opportunities to converse in Spanish. The classes at the university were similar to others she has taken in that they focused primarily on grammar and vocabulary. So the after-school activities meant to get them talking are important, yet it was hard to make the most of them because high school students often are shy, especially on their own in a foreign country.
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Arvilla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience Everyone Should Have

When I went to Oacaxa I was terrified that I was going to spend a month doing nothing, being bored, and not making any friends. But when I got there I was pleasantly surprised. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Ena the head person was amazing. She was so kinda and funny. She made everything 100 times better. I made amazing friends who I will never forget. I also experienced once in a life time opportunities. I learned so much about the local culture and increased my ability to speak Spanish, which is a very weak area for me. The program really struck the right balance between school work and studying and fun activities. I always felt safe and well supported. Words cannot express how happy I am that I did this program. I had so much fun and I would do it again if I could.

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Kelli
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

Highly recommend SOL Abroad. Fantastic program, very easy to work with. Would absolutely use them again. My daughter did the three week Mexico trip and had a great experience. She really enjoyed the class that she took, her host family was so very nice and helpful and took great care of her. The group of students she was with got along great and really enjoyed each other's company. They did several fun excursions and got to enjoy some very cool Mexican traditions. The staff at SOL was incredibly helpful through the whole process. Great experience all around!

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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Review

I loved my experience at Sol abroad. I’ve never had more fun In My life. I made great friends. And the head leader Ena was so amazing, kind, and very funny. We traveled all over Oaxca but my favorite part was when we went the the beach. That was my favorite part because it brought everyone in the programcloser together. And the beach’s where gorgeous. I had so much fun on that trip if I could I would go do it again.

What would you improve about this program?
I think one way the program can improve is in the beginning when everyone comes in they should give them some suggested restaurants. Cause me and my friends ended up eating at the same restaurants. We wanted to branch out more but we didn’t know where to go.
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Gabe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sol Abroad Oaxaca

My trip to Oaxaca was one of the greatest adventures I've ever been on in the summer. The housing was wonderful and the family's were very nice and supportive. Me, personally I only knew the basics of Spanish, but just being in Mexico and actually having to speak it every day was a huge help with learning the language. I enjoyed the city, and the different trips we went on were so interesting: we learned about weaving and the use the natural pigments, we had a cooking class, we went to different ruins near Oaxaca city, we had a cool dance class, and we hiked to a spectacular spring. We also took a trip to the coast where we snorkeled and took a boat trip to amazing, isolated beaches. I would highly recommend this program because it was very well organized, and the staff and families were extremely friendly. We volunteered at a a community garden and a hospital as well, which was a nice way to give back to the community. We also had a lot of freedom to explore in the city, which I really appreciated and enjoyed.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't have any suggestions--the program was amazing.
Rozlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fabulous program

I recommend this program very highly.

As a consumer, I found this program exceptionally well run. The communication was excellent, providing accurate and useful information in a timely manner. The links on the website were very well maintained, and the in-country leader was available and communicative.

As a parent, my son (a rising high-school senior) enjoyed an excellent blend of social, cultural, and educational experiences. He attends a very competitive public high school in New Jersey and was looking for a reasonable academic challenge that also offered some good downtime to explore the culture and people of Oaxaca. It was an excellent program on both fronts!

What would you improve about this program?
Better FB presence
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Mari
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a Lifetime Experience

This program was absolutely incredible, and opened my eyes to many different cultures that I never even knew existed. The fact that we were able to experience Oaxaca as a local, and not a tourist, is a rare opportunity that I am grateful to have undergone. As a person who is normally quite reserved, I was worried that this experience would be too overwhelming or stressful, but neither cannot be further from the truth. From the moment I was picked up to the moment I was walking back into the airport, I felt nothing short of comfort; all the staff worked very hard to make sure we were always safe, comfortable, and most importantly, happy.
As a native Spanish speaker, I had initially worried about what classes I would be taking to match my level, but the worry went away after the first day of school! They offer many different classes to cater to each student’s personal needs, so regardless of your level, this program can still be an enjoyable time.

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Stew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Oaxaca HS Program!

Oaxaca is an exceptional region to explore with so many cultural contrasts, highlighting a rich Zapoteca and Mixteca confluence, evident in all the places we visited. Our HS students enjoyed each unique activity, ranging from the Archaeological sites at Monte Alban and Zaachila, to the local history at Santo Domingo and San Pablo Cultural Center; while also volunteering at a local children's library, salsa dancing and cooking a delicious meal together with local market ingredients! Perahps more importantly, they accomplished all of this while not exactly feeling like tourists. This was due in great deal to the local knowledge and coordination displayed by our Program Director, Eva. She was a patient, knowledgable, and caring guide that made our journey in Oaxaca extra special! Our students responded really well to her, as well as their host mothers and families. It was inspiring to observe each day unravel, while some of the more timid students from our traditional classroom settings lost their fear of speaking and gained confidence with vital aspects of Spanish communication! My colleague and I are very thankful and honored to have been able to work with Sol Abroad and our HS students at this level- A very special thank you to Sol Abroad, Eva, and our Host Families... Compañeros y anfitriones de viaje!

What would you improve about this program?
Keep up the great work, perhaps adding a volunteer trip to indigenous village?
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Kendall
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Oaxaca

I stayed in Oaxaca for 2 weeks and I learned a lot. I learned about their culture and everyday lives. This program also improved my Spanish speaking by giving me real life conversations. I think Oaxaca is the perfect place for this program to be held because there is so much culture and not a lot of tourists, which encourages you to use your Spanish more, such as if u were at a restaurant and you had o order something. Oaxaca is a lot filled with many activities and amazing sights that make me want to go back. Overall I had an amazing time and can't wait to visit Oaxaca again!

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Sol Abroad is an affordable high school study abroad, Gap Year and Spanish immersion program for students 14 - 18 years of age. There are programs offered during the summer and semester. Sol students live with local homestays, take Spanish classes...