The Work-Study option is a great way for students to get community service or internship experience while also reducing their tuition to participate in MexArt! Work Study students follow the same general daily schedule as the art and dance students.
Option 1: Working with Children. Want to practice and better your Spanish language communication skills while working with young children in Mexico? These students work at Roombo, a children's center, from 9 to 12 each morning, leading 2 to 8 year olds in activities, art projects, song, dance and other day camp activities side-by-side with full-time Roombo staff members. Roombo is a bilingual day camp for toddlers and youth.
Option 2: Media Internship. These students work with the renowned Portal San Miguel in producing web and print content, writing articles and capturing stories through digital images from 9 to 12 each morning.
AFTERNOON ELECTIVES: Work study students have the option of participating in art or dance electives in the afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with the other MexArt art and dance students. In addition to the two electives, one-shot workshops are offered some evenings or afternoons to add diversity and spontaneity to the 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.
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.
Throughout the month participants integrate into the community of San Miguel and eat at local restaurants, sit in the jardin, can attend yoga or aerobics classes and explore the many options San Miguel has to offer its visitors.
EVENING ACTIVITIES: 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.