Mexico Learn Spanish

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1. In Brief

Mexico is the Central American heartland that epitomises the best of Latin fiesta spirit and an endless fascination of the legacy of the Mayan civilization. In Mexico you will discover stunningly elegant colonial towns surrounded by rainforest cloaked mountains, heavenly beaches where Mayan ruins tumble down to the pristine shores, and markets humming with a hundred street vendors selling everything from pungent leather handbags to magic spells from shamans! 

Mexicans are said to be the happiest people in the world and it’s not hard to see why! Mexican culture is an exotic and heady mix of dark magic and a strong sense of celebrating life and death. Look out for the "diá de los muertos", or the 'Day of the Dead' to see colourful skeletons and huge processions filling the streets of every town! 

Spend time in one of Mexico's most appealing coastal destinations, Puerto Escondido, situated along the Emerald Coast. You will find a world famous surf beach fringing the unimaginably blue Pacific Ocean, a buzzing and multicoloured little town with an exuberant social scene, and some of the friendliest locals you will ever meet. Learn or improve your Spanish in this glorious setting as you discover this relatively unexplored corner of Mexico. 

PROJECT HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Gain personalised tutoring to suit your level of Spanish and needs.
  • Experience traditional Mexican life using your new-found Spanish skills.
  • Learn to salsa dance, cook and surf in your spare time. 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

 

Location Veracruz, Mexico
Activities Improve your Spanish skills (10 hours per week)
Salsa dancing (optional)
Surfing (optional)
Traditional cooking (optional)
Volunteer in your spare time
Explore the Emerald Coast in your spare time
Accommodation Shared apartments
 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 10 hours language tuition per week
Accommodation
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Having the ability to speak Spanish fluently opens a door of opportunity for you to be able to communicate with the 500 million other Spanish speakers in the world. Just imagine where that could take you! Whether you want to improve your career prospects, make travel easier, or want to access the countless masterpieces that have been written in Spanish, then Frontier’s Spanish immersion course in Mexico is perfect for you. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will receive 2 hours of Spanish tuition per day 5 days a week. Classes will most likely be held in small groups, which is a perfect way to ensure that your conversational skills develop to a good standard to allow you to communicate confidently and effectively with the locals. Your knowledge of Spanish grammar will also improve significantly.  

To supplement your language placement, we offer all of our students the opportunity to take up one of the following social activities included within the cost of your booking to help you socialise and practice your new language skills. Options available include:

  • 2 week surf board rental
  • 2 x surf lessons (one land, one water)
  • Cooking classes
  • Salsa classes
  • Half day excursion 

*If you wish to participate in more than one of the above activities, please bring along additional funds to cover any such activities.

Alongside this, you may also decide to participate in a variety of volunteering opportunities available within the community. This may include teaching English to local school children, working in an orphanage or assisting in conservation/wildlife re-introduction programs that ensure the protection of the area’s precious natural resources.  

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project is located in Puerto Escondido in southern Mexico on the Emerald Coast, looking out onto the Pacific Ocean. You will fly into Puerto Escondido International Airport and then make your own way to the project via public transport (10 – 15 minutes). We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your project you will be staying in student apartments attached to the language school, each equipped with a fully furnished kitchen and bathroom. The apartments are located less than a 5 minute walk from the beach. You will wake up each morning to spectacular views of the ocean, and fall asleep to the lapping of the waves. All apartments come with a ceiling fan, basic furniture and clean sheets. There is also a roofed terrace and garden for you to relax in after each day’s adventure.   

The apartments are roughly 2km from the Spanish language school and the main tourist centre, so you can easily access all the fun activities of Puerto Escondido but still have a calm, safe place to chill. There are a number of small stores and restaurants nearby for you to try out, and a couple of internet cafes to keep in touch with your loved ones at home. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be responsible for providing your own food during your placement, and the kitchen provided within your apartment is ideal for some home cooking. There are a number of small grocery stores around your accommodation for you to buy ingredients, and you may even wish to try out some of the recipes you’ve learnt in cooking class! 

Alternatively you could practice your Spanish by visiting some of the pleasantly shady open air cafes on the beach front for bargain basement prices on mouth-watering dishes such as chicken enchiladas, tortillas, freshly caught fish seared on a grill and refreshing salads. If you fancy something a bit more upmarket, there are some great restaurants just off the beach further into town. Wherever you eat, you can expect to enjoy Mexican favourites such as guacamole, fajitas and mole (a savoury sauce made from dark chocolate), as well as loads of fresh produce such as pungent cheeses, spicy marinades and watch out for the dips that are served with tortilla chips - spicy! Breakfast favourites include 'huevos' (eggs) served as an omelette, and a lunchtime treat may include chorizo served in a potato flan. 

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

While surfing is a huge draw for the area, the beach Playa Zicatela being recognised as one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world, there is also so much more to discover in your spare time here. Take a fishing boat tour on a 'lancha' to enjoy a day at sea spotting shoals of luminescent fish, turtles, and even dolphins. These boat trips will take you to shady lagoons and stunning wildlife areas where you will find some of Mexico's most colourful avian residents, and you can even swim in cool waterfalls or revitalising thermal springs for some refreshing therapy! 

Adventure and sport activities available include sport fishing, scuba diving, banana boats, and snorkelling and swimming in protected coves such as Carrizalillo. Cultural sites include Mexican villages and indigenous communities within an hour's drive of Puerto Escondido where you can catch a glimpse of unspoilt Mexico. There are Mayan ruins at Tulum and Palenque only a bus ride away, and markets, museums and towns aplenty.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

1 week $695

Extra week $695

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly. Please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

1 week +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 10 hours language tuition per week
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Puerto Escondido (PXM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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