The program is led by Ruth Anne Hardin, a former Fort Worth Spanish teacher, who has taken young people to Cuernavaca for more than 25 years. A friend of the Rev. Geraldine Huckman of the First Christian Church of Beeville, Hardin now teaches Spanish in Marble Falls.
The Cuernavaca program includes three hours of Spanish language classes, with different levels for different abilities, followed by an optional daily salsa class and a session devoted to arts and crafts, cooking, culture, history or music – one per day.
Dalel Cortés, the school director, will make presentations on Mexican history, politics and culture for the group.
Afternoon activities include a Cuernavaca walking tour, working with children at a local orphanage, a supper at the elegant Restaurante Madrigal and shopping, both at the local arts and crafts market and at Galerías, Cuernavaca’s upscale shopping center.
Excursions include trips to Taxco, Tepotzlán, Xochicalco and to Mexico City for the Bazaar Sábado.
Participants will stay with Mexican families with years of experience in hosting language students.
Cost for the program is a plane ticket from San Antonio to Mexico City on Air Trans (around $350); $350 for tuition at the school; and $350 for lodging and meals with Mexican families, except that participants will pay for their own meals in restaurants.
Past has been in contact with her friends in Cuernavaca, who report a safe environment in their city, unlike the situation resulting from drug violence in many northern areas of Mexico. She will not be able participate in this year’s program, but she recommends the program to any interested participants.
For more information, contact Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Past at 358-6717.