Group, 20 hrs/wk
This program places a heavy emphasis on speaking Spanish and developing conversational skills. Classes are held daily, Monday through Friday, for 4 hours. Additional Spanish language study occurs outside of the classroom during the cultural and craft activities. During these activities the instructors will only speak in Spanish to the students. The language classes and seminars are held in a quaint schoolhouse which is typical of most of the homes in Buenavista.
Students are placed in classes according to their speaking proficiency in Spanish, and their language learning ability. Class groupings are refined, and change from time to time as students progress through the different levels. Group classes have 3-5 students per class allowing ample individual attention. The weekly enrollment in Buenavista is monitored carefully to prevent too many students being in the village at any one time. This ensures the spirit of the program is maintained.