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    Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Mexican Culture

    Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Mexican Culture

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    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Mexico
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Language
    • Sub-Categories: Spanish
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
    • Call: (512) 380-1706
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    Study Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico. Experience the colonial charms of this highland city surrounded by lush mountains and indigenous villages. Oaxaca is one of the most unique cities in Mexico, and is an ideal location for Spanish language immersion and exploring the country's pre-Hispanic past.

    Mexico is a country of rich traditions and contrasting landscapes. A land of snow-capped peaks, expansive deserts, cool cloud forests, and the beauty of two coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Students will explore indigenous villages that still retain their native languages, and stroll through colonial cities with their welcoming plazas and inviting architecture. Students will discover the ancient past of the pre-Hispanic cultures, such as the Maya and Aztec, still alive today in traditional festivals and in many aspects of contemporary Mexican life. Mexico is a perfect destination to study Spanish and explore a unique Latin American country.

    Students earn college credit while studying at the University of Oaxaca (UABJO - Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca). Language classes and electives are offered by the prestigious language branch of the university. The university has a relaxed atmosphere, a spacious library, a computer center, and comfortable classroom space. 

    Arcos Journeys Abroad students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities, excursions, and volunteer/community service work. Cultural activities include visiting the Santo Domingo Cathedral and numerous art galleries, participating in dance classes, exploring organic food markets, engaging in yoga and cooking classes, touring different parts of the city, experiencing the Guelaguetza Folk Dance Celebration, and enjoying movie nights.

    Sudents travel to Monte Alban Pre-Hispanic Ruins, the Hierve al Agua Mountain Springs, the Mitia Pyramids, and Saint James Monastery (Cuilapan).

    Cost and Session Information

    All summer study abroad programs include tuition, full room & board with host family, excursions, cultural activities, 24/7 onsite directors support, international medical insurance, transcripts & much more!

    Reviews (22)

    • This was my first study...
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      Reviewed on Aug/14/2023 by treadwayfab4

      This was my first study abroad program and I would go back in a heartbeat. It was a wonderful introduction to Oaxacan culture. By the end of the two week program my Spanish had improved more than I expected. I made lasting memories with my new friends.

    • This was my daughter's second...
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      Reviewed on Aug/13/2023 by kdilday

      This was my daughter's second trip with Arcos which already says how pleased we are. She went to Oaxaca with the teen program this summer and had a wonderful experience. The pre-departure communication and responsiveness is great and the country directors are great. She had a great time, improved her Spanish, made good friends and we felt assured that she was safe and well-cared for. We highly recommend the Arcos programs.

    • I had so much fun...
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      Reviewed on Aug/11/2023 by Jasmine Fang

      I had so much fun during this program and met so many cool people! My host family was lovely, thank you Arcos!

    • Both Arcos and the trip...
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      Reviewed on Aug/11/2023 by Roman Daniels

      Both Arcos and the trip were amazing. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to travel abroad through arcos.

    • This trip was the most...
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      Reviewed on Aug/11/2023 by Anna Cook

      This trip was the most amazing experience of my life. I explored the beautiful city of Oaxaca, saw amazing places and tasted great food. Arcos coordinators made me feel completely safe and taken care of at all times.

    • Our daughter attended the -week...
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      Reviewed on Aug/09/2023 by Gina Hunt

      Our daughter attended the 4-week Spanish Immersion program in Oaxaca, Mexico and had an incredible experience. The Arcos team was highly responsive to the many questions and concerns we had about sending our daughter abroad alone for the first time. The communication and information provided in advance of the trip was excellent. Our daughter loved her homestay family and enjoyed meeting other teens from around the country. The Spanish classes she took were interesting and there were always fun cultural activities and weekend excursions for her to look forward to. Best of all, her Spanish improved tremendously. We highly recommend the program!

    • I loved the trip Honestly...
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      Reviewed on Jul/23/2023 by Nina Mulkowsky

      I loved the trip!! Honestly nothing bad to say about the program.

    • Mexico was amazing full of...
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      Reviewed on Jul/16/2023 by Tislim sadik

      Mexico was amazing, full of culture and being able to be immersed in it along with the language was amazing

    • It was an amazing trip...
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      Reviewed on Jun/29/2023 by Babisha Dahal

      It was an amazing trip! I enjoyed all the excursions and the directors, Pamela and Maria are fantastic. You won't regret it.

    • I had a wonderful time...
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      Reviewed on Jun/29/2023 by Anna Cook

      I had a wonderful time in Oaxaca. It was very well planned and everything was organized. My home stay was amazing. The leaders in Oaxaca were very welcoming and friendly. It was a trip of a lifetime and I would do it again if I could.

    • I had an awesome time...
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      Reviewed on Jun/22/2023 by William Rudolph

      I had an awesome time exploring the culture of Oaxaca and improving my Spanish! Wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested.

    • My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her...
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      Reviewed on Jun/22/2023 by Kirsty Lubicz Nawrocka

      My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her immersion into Oaxaca- the people, language, food and geography. i highly recommend this program!

    • Arcos provided me with an...
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      Reviewed on Jun/22/2023 by Karis Williams

      Arcos provided me with an all around wonderful experience! My class trip to Oaxaca, Mexico was very enjoyable and provided me with wonderful memories as well. The directors there in Mexico were extremely nice and welcoming and were equally helpful. I absolutely recommend Arcos for a study abroad trip as they readily prepare you and acclimate you to the country's environment and culture. 10/10 experience!!!

    • I have been working with...
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      Reviewed on May/29/2023 by Clara Crosby

      I have been working with Brent and the Arcos team since 2018, and they are the best. This past year was my second trip to Oaxaca with Arcos, and my fifth trip overall (I have also gone to Granada and Costa Rica with them), and I would continue to recommend their program whole-heartedly. Brent and his whole team are incredibly responsive to the needs and preferences of each school, as well as to each of the individual students who are part of the group. The level of personalized care is really special, and that is what has made me want to continue working with Arcos rather than with a larger, less personal organization. Once we were on the ground, our coordinator Pris was also incredible, having a great rapport with both the students as well as with the teachers. She is also very knowledgable and passionate about her city. (She always knew exactly when we needed a little detour or break to get ice cream or 'pan dulce'!) The host families were all really great and caring, and my students loved all parts of their trip.

    • Amazing Program from start to...
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      Reviewed on Apr/30/2023 by Joe Marinucci

      Amazing Program from start to finish!
      FULL immersion into the traditional Oaxacan culture though cultural activities, tours and my most favorite cooking classes!
      The variety of the sites visited were educational, historical, and exciting for everyone in our group.

    • Highly recommend this program My...
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      Reviewed on Apr/26/2023 by Tanya Ramos

      Highly recommend this program! My coworker and I traveled with a group of students and Arcos was with us every step of the way. There are no words for the incredible experience Arcos provided my students with. The homestays were amazing and we got to do many, many activities while in Oaxaca. Our program director in Oaxaca was also very helpful and knowledgeable. Arcos even helped us provide a donation for a local school. I had a great time and am very helpful to Arcos for providing my students with a once in a lifetime opportunity!

    • The Spanish Immersion trip to...
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      Reviewed on Apr/13/2023 by Siena Solis

      The Spanish Immersion trip to Oaxaca Mexico really helped me grow as a person and experience new things. It took me out of my comfort zone having to navigate another part of the world that speaks a different language than my native one. Not to mention during the free time I had it allowed me to build logistical skills like planning what to do for the evening and actually getting myself there. The trip to Oaxaca provided me with so many unique experiences to cooking traditional food, learning about how the women weavers make their own pigments to dye their wool, and going on excursions to see amazing sights like Hierve El Agua. The city tours were not standard uninteresting guided tours but they really got us involved not only in the sights to see, but also experiencing the city. For example we got to taste the chocolate that they make and we got to watch them make it. The home-stay experience also pushed me out of my comfort zone and overall improved my Spanish a ton. As someone who has been on many Spanish immersion study abroad trips, this one was the best in terms of experiencing the culture of Oaxaca.

    • My son has done two...
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      Reviewed on Apr/13/2023 by Nate Schilling

      My son has done two trips with Arcos now and has absolutely loved it. Everything is extremely well organized. The communication is prompt and thorough. The host families are carefully vetted and always a good match for your kid. He has come home both times with endless stories from the planned activities and excursions. Both times he has been beaming for days. We were very nervous, as any parent would be, when he took his first trip abroad. Now, as long as his school is still working with Arcos, we are completely confident that he is safe, having fun, and being thoroughly enriched and immersed in local culture. I cannot say enough good things about the organization and its staff!

    • Oaxaca 1 Month Summer Program
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      Reviewed on Aug/23/2022 by bzielina23

      I really enjoyed this summer program! Not only did I get to learn more about the Oaxaca culture but I also got to bond with my host mom and peers. I enjoyed learning at the university as the teachers were always very understanding and helpful. I also loved exploring Oaxaca during our group excursions and after school with my peers.

    • Great Program!
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      Reviewed on Aug/10/2022 by shaunamaenza

      I spent 2 weeks in Oaxaca and wish I'd gone at least a month. I loved the teachers who taught the Spanish classes, they were knowledgeable and fun! Nahu was the best! I loved him and will miss him so much! The city of Oaxaca was not like anything I expected. They had parades and everyone dances in the streets. We went on beautiful hikes, I really liked the waterfall. My host mom, Anita, was so kind and funny. I can't wait to find another program for next summer.

    • arcos oaxaca program - phenominal
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      Reviewed on Aug/07/2022 by lilah-amonlucas

      I spent all of july 2022 (the summer before my hs senior year) in oaxaca with arcos and had an amazing time. At school, both of my language teachers were so kind and funny and patient. I really enjoyed exploring the city in the activities after school but the all day weekend trips were my favorite part of the trip. My host moms food was delicious and having so many meals sitting across from someone who only spoke spanish, really tested and improved my conversation abilities. The hike and swim we did at Hierve de Agua one saturday was so special, and made even more special because Nahu knew the perfect local guide. Really great program, I whole heartedly recommend.

    • Spanish Immersion in Mexico
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      Reviewed on Nov/05/2021 by ccollins2023

      My biggest benefit for attending this trip was how I was put out of my comfort zone almost constantly. It made me appreciative for all that I have in the United States and it made me more confident in my own ability to figure things out on my own. I got comfortable talking to strangers in a foreign language, finding my way around a strange city, and trying new foods and activities. I really appreciate the way that this program made me grow as a person.