Students with a specific interest or independent study idea are welcome to submit applications for participation in MexArt based on their projects. For example, students who prefer to have an intensive language study program, a music course or a research or writing project may participate in a uniquely designed program to fit the student’s individual goals. Directors work with families to create the student’s program.
SPANISH: Spanish classes are taught to all participants with students grouped according to ability. Held two hours daily, classes emphasize oral competency and are designed to be fun! Additionally, students can practice their skills in the streets, in the artisan market, in the main square, at the corner grocery, and chatting with local youth. Teachers create a non-competitive atmosphere with teaching geared to challenge each individual student.
What’s reasonable to expect in language acquisition in the course of a month? Students advance at differing speeds. The most difficult hurdle for many language students is getting over the fear of making a mistake. MexArt encourages mistakes! The more you make, the faster you’ll learn each time you’re corrected. While becoming fluent in a one-month program isn’t a reasonable expectation, students should be able to feel much more fluid and comfortable with communicating in Spanish. Beginners will learn the basics, a large vocabulary and enough verb usage for basic communication of needs and wants. More advanced students will learn to apply grammar rules to verbal interactions and become more comfortable in communicating in social situations and discussions.
WEEKEND DAY TRIPS: While in this beautiful foreign culture, opportunities for side trips abound and are organized on weekends. Participants may choose to swim in the hot springs, go horseback riding in the mountains, be a guest in a brick-making village, travel to the university town of Guanajuato famous for its silver mines and Diego Rivera museum, hike in the mountains or botanical gardens, explore the town of Dolores Hidalgo where hundreds of small factories produce colorful Mexican pottery and more.
The evening activity is an integral part of the MexArt program and varies according to what is happening in San Miguel. Students attend concerts, theater, dance performances, and art openings. The group’s small size allows the program to be flexible. MexArt students also participate in their own evening activities such as talent shows, coffee houses, scavenger hunts, art projects, and the occasional movie or free night.