ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Many participants travel to Copán Ruinas in the mountains of western Honduras for 1 or more weeks to study at the Ixbalanque School, live with host families, and enjoy a wide range of cultural activities including visits to the beautiful Maya ruins of Copán.

This is independent travel study so you pick the dates; classes typically begin on Mondays. You'll study 1-on-1 for 3 or 4 hours per day either morning or afternoon and can register to receive 6 quarter hours at the 400 or 500 level per week for up to 4 weeks per country. Credits are issued by Heritage Institute and Antioch University Seattle; minimal additional assignments are required for credit, PDU and clock hour options are also available.

If you're interested in studying in a coastal city or on one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, check out the link for the Central American Spanish School with bases in La Ceiba and on Utila and Roatán. The 2 schools work together so you can combine weeks at each if you wish. If you prefer a different location or Spanish school, arrangements can be made; please contact the instructor.

For information about similar programs in other Latin American countries as well as credit for volunteer and cultural learning projects, click here or on the bottom link, below. For contact info click the REGISTRATION or SYLLABUS links.

To view the 2008 Live and Learn group trip blog, scroll to the Blog Archive (lower right) and click the 1st post you want to see (they're listed bottom to top chronologically, you may need to click the arrow by July to see the earliest ones). Click "Newer Post" at the bottom of each post to view the next one.

About Me

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I've been a teacher for more than 34 years, recently retired from directing Structured Learning Centers for kids with autism and multiple disabilities in The Dalles, Oregon. I did my undergraduate work at Lewis & Clark College and my SpEd Masters at Portland State University. Gaining conversational ease in Spanish is an important professional and personal goal for me and I find attending Spanish schools in Latin America and volunteering with local organizations both productive and addictive. I'm hoping to help others with their goals along the way and have developed the Live and Learn in Latin America program to provide credit for immersion, volunteer, and cultural learning projects. ALSO...In the course of my immersion studies in Latin America, I fell in love with the people of San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala and am working in cooperation with the Cooperativa Spanish School to match scholarship sponsors with promising students who would otherwise be limited to 6 years of school: BecaProject.org

Ixbalanque Spanish School

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday - busy day









Hi, all!



Today I made 8 or 10 trips across town to visit a sick Brian, meet folks at school, give messages back and forth, find out blood test results (Brian's - not malaria or dengue fever, apparently), buy plane tickets (August 4th to Guanaja), and hit school and home at the right time for meals and study. I also rode in mototaxis twice to Hacienda San Lucas, a wonderful sunny hike with the morning group which included a visit to the village of La Pintada, and a wonderful rainy hike with Sarah, Maureen, and Louise from the afternoon group. Los Sapos (PHOTO 1) is a very special place, a rock outcropping in the jungle with carvings of a toad and other mysterious images and is thought to have been a Maya birthing place in the old days. Close by in the village of La Pintada we observed too many sad mother dogs (PHOTO 2), shopped for weavings in their cooperative (photo 3) and thought all the kids were darling. PHOTO 4 is the afternoon group waiting out the rain at Hacienda San Lucas; it didn't so we hiked anyway, and the rest of them borrowed huge golf umbrellas. PHOTO 5 is a shot of our salsa lessons - we enjoyed Nelson and got some good exercise in the bargain.


Happy trails!

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