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Program & Admission Information - Buenavista, Mexico  



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.

Day - At - A - Glance

09:00 - 13:00, M-F Spanish classes
13:00 - 14:00, T & Th Conversation Assistance
16:00 - 17:15, M-Th Latin American Studies
18:00 - 19:00, Wed Conversation Exchange (upon request)

* Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling

Agricultural Programs Buenavista subsists largely on its agricultural production. University students majoring in agriculture or professionals who are working in agriculture with Hispanic workers in the United States or Canada can request special programming to help with their needs, from understanding agricultural production methods in Mexico, to specialized vocabulary that would be helpful in their daily work. It is possible to structure a program at Buenavista specifically designed for groups of agriculturalists or a college of agriculture from the United States or Canada.

Opportunities for Health Professionals In addition to the information on natural medicine and healing, those interested in medical practices in Mexico can observe at the excellent rural health clinic in the village. This is an ideal setting for those who are working with Spanish-speaking patients in various areas of medicine in the United states. Special vocabulary classes in medical terminology in Spanish are offered upon request.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 17 years and older are welcome regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

For students with less exposure to Latin America (and traveling on their own) it is suggested to spend the first week or two in a more metropolitan city to allow for cultural adjustment. Those who have traveled in Latin America can spend their entire period of study in Buenavista.

Students desiring credit for their study programs should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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Group, 20 hrs/wk
Agricultural Programs
Opportunities for Health Professionals

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