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 for 3 or 4 hours per day either morning or afternoon and can register for 1 to 4 weeks and receive 60 Clock Hours/PDUs or 6 quarter credits (equivalent of 4 semester credits) per week.

PLEASE NOTE: The Heritage Institute courses receive Continuing Education Quarter Credits awarded by Antioch University Seattle at the 400 and 500 levels. Call 800.445.1305 or log onto The Heritage Institute’s website policies page for more information.


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.

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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

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Thursday, July 24, 2008


Hello again -

Today we visited the beautiful Copan ruins in 2 groups - a morning group with their usual gorgeous sunshine and our afternoon group with our usual driving rain and thunder (although I am grateful for our sunny afternoon yesterday at the butterfly place). I had hired a guide Mike and I enjoyed 3 years ago - Jorge Barraza - and he proved himself again to be intelligent, knowledgeable, charming, and an excellent story teller. The photos I've chosen for today are from our experience at the ruins today. We'll have plenty of time to return under sunnier skies to take more pictures and explore a little deeper, but in 3 hours we learned enough to remember forever the wonderful history and contributions of the Maya people. Hot chocolate at a local cafe was the perfect way to warm up and unwind.

I am really grateful to be traveling with such a wonderful, interesting group of people and such great sports. The great sport part is especially coming into play as we head into our 5th night with no running water (a few in the group live in families with cisterns and had a few nights of real showers before the cisterns bled dry). In town the supply is so low that water for sponge bathing and forcing toilets to flush a bit is rationed. We are being careful with our purified water but have sufficient supplies to keep us hydrated. I keep reminding myself that most of the people in the world have less water than we have this week. Happy trails!

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