Students learning with the Intensive Language Group Program at Cuernavaca.
If you want to speak Spanish correctly and fluently in a surprisingly short period of time, study with us. Explore our exciting programs, immerse into the language and revel in the culture and warmth of Mexican people. We are in Cuernavaca, Mexico, "The City of Eternal Spring."
I had a great experience in Cuernavaca. Silvano, my Spanish teacher, and his wife Lucy were very welcoming. I stayed in their home which was great. I had my own room and private bathroom. Lucy prepared very delicious food characteristic of Cuernavaca. Silvano's classes greatly improved my Spanish. Silvano and I visited many placed in and around Cuernavaca where I was able to practice my Spanish. The weather was great not too hot because there was rain everyday late in the afternoon to keep things cool. I would definitely visit Cuernavaca again. The people were friendly and I felt very safe walking around the neighborhood and in all places in and around Cuernavaca.
John worked as a Research Scientist in the minerals industry for many years, specializing in the application areas of paint and coatings and thin plastic films. After retiring, he has been teaching English as a Second Language in China, Latin America, and the United States.
Why did you choose this program?
I choose this program because I love traveling, meeting new people, and learning about cultures in other countries. Cuernavaca has been on my list of cities to visit in Mexico for many years.
I have traveled to many Latin American countries to study Spanish including Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. I have always enjoyed staying with a family and getting to know them and their children. They are also a great help in traveling around the area where they live.
What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?
The Cuernavaca School provided me with how to travel from the airport in Mexico City to Cuernavaca. I decided on the program starting and ending dates and then booked my airline flight from Atlanta, GA to Mexico City.
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What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?
Don’t be discouraged if you think you are not learning the language fast enough. It takes time and persistence. Study a little before you go to Mexico, or whatever country you want to learn about. Have fun and don’t worry about making mistakes. They will love you!
What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?
My classes started at 9am, so I could get up around 7:30 or 8am. I had the classes in the home where I was staying so their was no need to commute. Although, I have been on other trips and most commutes are no more than 10-20 minutes by bus or walking.
Classes were Monday through Friday. I had three hours a day but you can have maybe 6 hours a day if you are just starting. I have been studying Spanish for almost 10 years so I spent more time visiting different parts of the city during the afternoons and weekends.
Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?
My biggest fear was the possibility of running into trouble like having things stolen or being assaulted. The first time I traveled was to Bogota, Colombia to visit a family about 10 years ago.
Everyone was saying how dangerous Colombia was. But I wanted to go because I had heard so many good things about Colombia. Once I was with the family, they knew where to go and where it was safe, so there were no problems.
I had the best experience of my life.
We went everywhere, into the mountains, small villages just outside the city and many historical places in Bogota too. When we tell the Colombians how dangerous we think Colombia is, they remind us of all the news they hear about that bad things that happen in the United States. And it's true, the United States has many problems around guns and violence, all you have to do is watch the local nightly news.
What is your favorite travel story?
When I was visiting a family in Bogota, we went on a trip into the mountains. The day started with lunch at a villa that was very beautiful with old buildings and stone fireplaces. It was owned by a man who taught English to visiting dignitaries from foreign countries.
After lunch, we drove to a lake higher in the mountains where we took a boat ride and then had an early dinner. We watched the sunset over the lake, what a beautiful sight. My friend wanted her father to drive down to the lake side where there was a bonfire.
Unfortunately, the track down to the lake was muddy and rutted. The car got stuck and we had to get help. After about an hour, a tractor and police car came to pull us out. Much to the surprise (big smile) of the policeman, a United States citizen was being given a tour of the lake by a family from Bogota. Once we all got back safely home, we all had a good laugh.
About Cuernavaca Language School
One of Mexico's oldest and most respected Spanish language schools located in Cuernavaca, Cuernavaca Language School (CLS) promises visible improvements in Spanish proficiency for individuals and groups of all Spanish levels over a short period of time. CLS prepares its students for travel, volunteer, study, and professional employment in any...