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Mexico - Xalapa
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Nestled in the lush hills of the coffee-growing region in eastern Mexico, is Xalapa (Jalalpa)- namesake of the Jalapeņo chili pepper - the beautiful capital city of the state of Veracruz. Xalapa, a lively university town and cultural and educational center, is very popular with Mexican and international students, artists, and tourists.

Live and learn Spanish with the best of teachers and facilities. Home-stay and cultural programs let you immerse yourself in Spanish language and Mexican culture and have the experience of a lifetime. Arts, crafts, films, music, theatre, nightlife, museums, scenery, local cuisine and a short 60-minute ride to the beaches of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico - Xalapa has it all. The town’s museum of Anthropology is second only to Mexico City’s in scale and scope, focusing on the 3 great cultures of the east coast, Olmec, Totonac and Huastec.

The well preserved colonial center with its steep winding streets, and the subtropical surroundings and abundance of parks and gardens, makes Xalapa a wonderful setting for Spanish study. Moreover, with fewer English-speaking inhabitants than other Mexican destinations, Xalapa is the perfect destination for language acquisition. Studying in Xalapa offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself more fully in the Spanish language and Mexican culture.

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Minimum age:


Getting there:

Fly to Veracruz International Airport and take a 90 minute bus ride to Xalapa, or fly to Mexico City and take a bus to Xalapa (4 hours) or a connecting flight to Xalapa. Ground transfers can be arranged at the airport in Veracruz or Xalapa, or the bus station in Xalapa.


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Spanish Program
Summer Camp (ages 13-18)
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One free cultural or sports activity.

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What People are Saying

“The program was terrific, and it was a great family! I wish I could have stayed longer.”
-Janine, USA

Cultural & Recreational Activities

Organized activities include, Latin dancing, hiking, camping, white water rafting, Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa Philharmonic Orchestra, trips to nearby cities like Veracruz and Puebla, visits to archaeological sites, tours to see volcanoes, shopping in local markets, cinema, theatre, music. Gulf coast beaches are just 60 minutes by bus.

Accommodation Choices

Private room with host families and 2 meals/day; or hotel.

Host family:  included in prices

Hotel:  a supplement applies.  Please inquire:

Program Details
Spanish Program

In addition to 20 hours/per week in small group classes, you’ll participate in workshops in music, dance, cooking, history and crafts. The workshops offer an opportunity to learn more about Mexican culture while further developing your Spanish skills.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Dates (arrive on Sunday): classes start every Monday

Spanish Program

All prices are in United States dollars (US$)
and are per person

2 weeks

US$ 800


• 2 weeks of study

• 20 hours of classes per week

• Homestay in private room with 2 meals a day.
(Hotel accommodation available at extra charge)

• Course materials

Each additional week:  US$ 350

Deposit = 15% of total package price

Summer Camp (ages 13-18)

Take 20 hours per week of Spanish in small group classes. With native Spanish speaking teachers you’ll develop your conversational, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills. You’ll be picked up at the airport in Mexico City, taken to Xalapa and returned to Mexico City. Students stay with host families, two per house so students can travel together. Participate in daily guided activities in and around Xalapa after class, and on weekends enjoy all day activities or weekend trips to the Gulf Coast resorts, and to the Pyramids in Tajin. The after class program is conducted in Spanish to help you develop your skills outside of the classroom in a less structured environment. You’ll also have an opportunity for cultural exchange with local students who are studying English in Xalapa.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Dates: July 3–31, 2004.

Summer Camp (ages 13-18)

All prices are in Canadian dollars (Cdn$)
and are per person

2 weeks:  Cdn$ 1450

3 weeks:  Cdn$ 2160

4 Weeks:  Cdn$ 2580

Deposit = 15% of total package price

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