Compared to other Latin American countries, Spanish spoken in Mexico is a little bit slower and easier to understand, which will make your first few weeks in the country a lot easier. After a while, even the words of Aztec mythology will be part of your everyday vocabulary. In addition to the historic ruined cities, Mexico offers great beaches, good food, and people who will welcome you warmly.
15 - 18 year olds
School semester or school year
Public high school without choice of location & school
Across the country
The bridge between North and Central America, Mexico is known worldwide for its traditions and rich culture. From ancient cities to the pyramid of Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world, to traditional festivals such as the "Dia de los muertos" and "Corrida de toros", Mexico is almost like an open-air museum. Mexico abounds with different cultures, from the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Mayan, Aztec and Inca, to African, French, and Spanish ones. Mexico is also unparalleled for its natural landscapes, its crystal caves being one of them. Take a boat trip on the Rio Secreto or visit the town of Naica and admire some of the largest crystals in the world. Mexico is definitely a dream destination for nature and sports lovers. All across the country you can find deserts, volcanoes, mountains, coasts and beaches, landscapes perfect for hikes, snorkeling, and marvelling at over 200,000 different animal species, including pumas and iguanas, as well as over 26,000 different plant species, such as cacti and agaves.
The orientation seminar, which is included in the program price, is designed to provide you with all the necessary information, such as traditions, customs, taboos and cultural differences.
The Mexican school system is divided into two semesters / school terms. Choose between:
One school year, start in:
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You will stay with a previously screened and approved host family. The student's needs and interests will be met as much as possible with those of the host family.
There is no official requirement to wear uniforms in public schools.
Yes, students are supervised on site and can call the supervisor by phone for questions or in case of emergencies.
Family visits are possible only at the end of the program.
Students are not allowed to work during their high school stay.
Mexico has a well-organized metro and bus system.
Due to insurance reasons, students are not allowed to sign up for driving courses. It is also not allowed to drive motorized vehicles.
It is recommended to get vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis A and B, polio, measles and typhoid.
Although in the past Mexico has had some security issues, the government has invested significant amounts of public funds in improving the country's security apparatus. As for any other country or big city, it is recommended to keep valuable belongings in safe places and to use common sense.
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