Spanish Study & Cultural Tour (family friendly)
At the completion of every program Viva Tours Abroad allocates monies to be donated to community activism projects and non-profit organizations in need in Oaxaca. The participants of each tour collectively decides what cause or project will be the benefactor of the donation. We will facilitate follow-up progress reports to the cause/project that the participants choose to aid.
|When:||July 1st- 9th|
|Group Size:||Min 10 – Max 16|
|Price per Adult:||$2285|
|Price per child:||$1995 (children 9 & under)|
A Creative Combination of Language Study and Touring
That Appeals to All Ages!
This all-inclusive program has been specifically designed to accommodate all ages and Spanish language abilities. It offers a beautiful balance between structured off-the-beaten-path Excursions and activities, and free time to explore the lovely city of Oaxaca on your own. You will visit the awe-inspiring pyramids, explore the ancient indigenous customs, and participate in artistic and cultural traditions of Oaxaca. Many of the activities are unavailable to the casual tourist. Dawn Feuerberg, Cuesta College Instructor and founder of Aurora Adventures, has 20 years of experience traveling and living in Oaxaca and has successfully cultivated an exceptional local network of both large and small businesses, language schools, restaurants, artisans and other service providers. The entire experience is personal, intimate and one-of-a-kind.
Excursions are an essential part of your study abroad experience.
We have carefully selected the following excursions to help you discover the beauty and diversity of Oaxaca. No trip to Oaxaca would be complete without some time spent exploring a few of the region’s fascinating villages, and wandering through several of the area’s exotic native markets. Within a 50 kilometer (30 miles) radius of Oaxaca City are dozens of small towns, many of which specialize in a particular art tradition that has been passed down for generations.
Excursions List & Descriptions
All excursions are included in the cost of your tuition.
Click on each item below for a full description of each Excursion.
On our return from Monte Alban, we will visit a small village known for it’s sculptured pottery that many of its citizens produce. The muñecas, or figures, are fanciful and intricate. This type of pottery has become a unique and very collectible art form as well as a beautiful addition to any decor. You will be given a demonstration by world famous ceramist Irma Blanco.
The tour continues with a stop at an ancient indigenous market
founded around 1250 A.D. This pueblo’s Sunday market is one of Oaxaca’s biggest, oldest and most diverse. We also visit the main town church.
The ruins at Mitla consist of
five “ruin clusters.”
Archaeologists speculate that some of the ruins were used for ceremonial and religious purposes while others were palaces for the elite. Unique to Mitla are the greca (fret) decorations found on ruin walls.
We will spend the afternoon visiting the homes of these Zapotec weavers and walking the cobblestone streets of this village nestled in the mountains of the central valley of Oaxaca. You will be treated to a traditional Zapotec meal before departing.
The last stop of the day will be at a small village known for its artisans that produce the fanciful wood carvings called Alebrijes. Participants of the program will have the opportunity to do an alebrije workshop and paint a wood “animalito”
Recently restored, the 1883 textile hacienda founded by Jose Zorrila Trapaga was converted into the most beautiful Centre for the Arts of San Agustin (CASA). This is an outstanding contribution led by Maestro Francisco Toledo, to open a cultural opportunity for all interested in the many art workshops the center offers. Also, it brings extraordinary temporary exhibitions for all to marvel at. We will spend a beautiful afternoon visiting this cultural art center and the town of Etla. It is a very picturesque town, the perfect place to pull out your easel and paint in the peaceful rolling hills.
The old hacienda’s main access connected to the former hydroelectric power plant which was converted into Arte Papel as Maestro Toledo adapted old water pipes and a power plant to make this handmade paper workshop. Tree bark, plant fibers, natural-colored cotton and other natural dyes are made into first class paper products
Breakfast & lunch will be included and you will get a tour of the surrounding area and visit a local family farm.
Activities & Classes
- Oaxaca City Walking Tour
- Ecstatic Dance Class with Live Drumming
- Art Galleries
- Local Yoga classes
- El Pochote Organic Farmer’s Market
- La Mezcaleria ( Mezcal Tasting)
- Shopping in local markets
- Salsa Dancing
- cooking classes
Spanish Classes: Intensive Language Program
All of the host families have been hand picked by the director and all live within 20 minutes walking distance from the school. An integral part of this program is living with a Mexican family. The home-stay experience provides opportunities to appreciate Mexican culture and use the Spanish language in a natural setting. For many, this is the most enriching part of the program! The family will provide the participants with 2 meals a day: breakfast and “la comida”, the mid-day main meal.
(This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden costs.)
- Carefully selected Home-stay with a beautiful Oaxacan family
- Accommodations for 10 nights
- 2 homemade meals daily (breakfast and the main meal)
- Semi-private Spanish Classes for children and adults
- All Instructional materials
- Dynamic onsite Director & staff
- 5 behind-the-scenes excursions with fully insured luxury transportation
- Professional Salsa dancing and cooking classes
- Traditional Art workshops
- 3 one-of-a-kind walking tours
- A unique volunteer day in the highlands of Oaxaca
- Pre-departure and on-site orientations & advising
- Airport transfer from Oaxaca City Airport to home-stay family
- Reception Party
- Language Assessment Exam
- Free wireless internet and computer access>
- Access to photos taken during program via the Web
What’s not included:
Airfare to and from Oaxaca, 5 light meals, Guide gratuities, Excess baggage charges, Alcoholic beverages, Airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry fees, immunizations or insurance of any kind.
Payment Info & Fees
SPANISH STUDY & CULTURAL TOUR:
(Airfare not included)
Program Cost for Adults
Program Cost for Children (9 years and under)
Registration Deadline. March 30th
This program is based on a minimum of 12 participants. In the event that the program does not fill, the trip will be cancelled and any deposits and payments fees will be returned to the participants.
We will be organizing a group flight from LAX to Oaxaca. If you are planning to travel with the group, contact us immediately to find out the specifics of the group flight. The sooner you make your reservation, the more likely you will be able to travel with the group. Otherwise you may make other travel arrangements.
If you require a private room please contact the director, Dawn Feuerberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Additional fees will apply.
If you would prefer to stay in a charming boutique style hotel during your stay in Oaxaca. Please contact Dawn Feuerberg at email@example.com Additional fees do apply.
Should you need to cancel or postpone your trip, fees do apply, so please read our Cancellation Policy. We strongly recommend travel cancellation insurance for unexpected changes in your plans. Please contact us for a list of insurers.
About Your Guides
Dawn Feuerberg (AKA Aurora in Spanish)
Owner and founder of Aurora Adventures, LLC.
Traveling for me is all about the connections. My ability to subtly bridge cross cultural connections between my travelers and the locals abroad is what sets me apart. At a very young age I began to travel on my own seeking out and connecting with the aboriginal, the indigenous and the authentic local life abroad. Often times finding myself being the only non-native in the region. My longstanding relationships abroad give my clients access into an enriching, in depth local experience. I am both well connected and extremely enthusiastic about sharing my access with others.
I value the genuine art of discovery travel for all ages. I create flexible itineraries within my tours that provide individuals the opportunity to make new discoveries. This tone of flexibility and openness in my approach to travel is equally matched with my attention to detail, my ability to multi-task and basically get the job done in a coherent, safe, comfortable and if desired, luxurious manner.