I loved having classes that focused on learning about what's happening here today. Having current events be the core of language instruction was terrific: I could take my questions about El Salvador to class, and I could take what I learned in class and use it outside of school - watching TV, in the news, visiting other parts of the country and talking with Salvadorans.
I studied Spanish in the mornings and taught English 3 evenings a week. A couple of afternoons a week were set aside for field trips to places in or near San Salvador, led by a faculty member. Several weekends had optional excursions to more distant parts of El Salvador, so there was a lot of opportunity to get to know El Salvador more.