Students spend four weeks taking Spanish language and culture classes at the small Centro de Idiomas, which is the foreign language branch of Benito Juárez Autonomous University, a major state university. A typical weekday might involve the following:
- Attend classes (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
- Share the main meal of the day with the host family (2 to 4 p.m.).
- Attend lectures on regional history and culture, or explore hobbies like latino dancing or cooking (late afternoon).
- Hang out with friends in the popular central plaza area, which offers numerous outdoor cafés, free evening concerts by the State band, strolling musicians and crafts vendors, local dance clubs and theaters (evening).
On weekends the group may visit regional markets or archeological sites, or travel to nearby villages to learn about the region's major crafts centers and industries.
After two weeks of classes, students enjoy a one-week visit to Mexico's Pacific coast. The tour starts with the impoverished black villages (or pueblos negros) of the area known as the Costa Chica. While once representing a significant percentage of Mexico’s population, these Afro-Mexicans are something of a rarity in the country today.
The group then travels south for a brief visit to the beautiful beach town of Puerto Escondido before returning to Oaxaca City for the final two weeks of the program.