Spanish Plus Courses

Our Spanish ‘Plus’ Courses combine our popular Standard Mini Group Course with a variety of interesting subjects from Art to Scuba Diving, Cooking to Salsa Dancing.

  • Diving into Spanish
    Semi Intensive Minigroup Course, Open Water Diving Course, Homestay, 2 weeks, 1.400 US$
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  • Spanish plus Art
    Standard Minigroup Course, Art Workshops, Homestay, 2 weeks, from 1.195 US$
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DIVING INTO SPANISH

With this exciting new course we offer our students the opportunity of combining our Semi-Intensive Spanish Minigroup Course with an Open Water Diving Course at a recognized professional scuba diving centre.

The Open Water Course is the first step towards an internationally recognised qualification as a scuba diver. It is made up of two parts:

Part 1 – Class/Pool/Confined Water

  • 3 Classroom sessions where you’ll learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.
  • 3 pool sessions where you’ll perform basic diving skills
  • 1 session of confined water training

Part 2 – Open Water Dives

  • 4 open water dives in the Gulf of Mexico*

Start date: any Monday
Length of course: 2 weeks**
Price: $1400 US

Included:

  • 25 Spanish lessons per week***
  • Open Water Diving Course inkl. 4 Open Water Dives in the Gulf of Mexico*
  • Open Water Manual
  • All Rental Diving Equipment
  • Transportation to diving locations
  • 2 weeks Homestay****

Prerequisites:

  • At least 10 years of age
  • Must be in good physical condition

*locations on the mexican caribbean available on request
**longer courses available on request
***other Spanish courses available on request
**** other accommodation available on request

SPANISH PLUS ART

This programe is an introduction to art in Mexico. Without a doubt Mexico is steeped in ancient Indian lore, seasoned with Spanish colonial customs and the array of folk art and crafts in Mexico is simply mind-boggling.

The Spanish + Art Courses combine our highly popular Standard Spanish Course in the morning with practical art workshops in the afternoon. This programme is designed to stimulate your appreciation of the arts while providing a valuable opportunity to practise your Spanish language skills with like-minded students and tutors. You will be introduced to a range of processes, styles and techniques and be encouraged to explore your creative potential by developing a range of practical skills.

ALEBRIJES WORKSHOP

Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. These strange fantasy animals are some of the most admired examples of creativity in Mexican folk art.  Today, hundreds of ‘Alebrijes de Linares’ are found in very important collections whose pieces are considered to be part of the Cultural Patrimony of Mexico.

This workshop will make it possible to create your own alebrije, using materials that are easy to work with and giving your creativity free rein.

Start date: any Monday
Length of course: 2 weeks
Price: $1351 US

Included:

  • 20 Spanish lessons per week
  • 15 classes of 4 hours Alebrijes Workshop
  • All materials
  • 2 weeks Homestay

PLASTER IN SCULPTURE

This workshop offers a creative experience with spectacular results. Plaster casting is a sculpture method that is ideal for beginners in three-dimensional art. This simple technique produces surprising results and serves to illustrate a number of elements of composition. Using the shape of a molded form, students have an opportunity to move between abstract and iconographic forms of self-expression. Our objective is to facilitate the construction of a sculpture in an environment where students are free to concentrate on the recreational, technical and conceptual aspects of the process, depending on their individual interests. In the world of contemporary sculpture, fine artists consider plaster casting to be a basic tool of the trade. This course is designed to appeal to anyone interested in exploring their creativity, regardless of age or previous experience.

Start date: any Monday
Length of course: 2 weeks
Price: $1351 US

Included:

  • 20 Spanish lessons per week
  • 15 classes of 4 hours Sculpture in Plaster Workshop
  • All materials
  • Conference and Anthropology Museum guide
  • 2 weeks Homestay

MAGICAL MAYAN LEGENDS AND COLLAGE WORKSHOP

One of the most beautiful traditions of our ancient Mexican culture is the handing down of legends from generation to generation. These legends are the source of many well-known images of popular culture recognized by both the young and old.
At this workshop we will make a collage where the participants appear as the characters of one of the most famous legends in Yucatan. We will reenact the story, with everyone taking a role to play, and record our interpretation of the story with photographs. A professional storyteller will assist to inspire a reenactment of the tale and to help us generate the images we’ll need for the collage. Throughout the workshop we will use photographs, colored pencils, markers, a variety of papers, paints, colored beads, fabrics, lace, etc. With the aesthetic guidance of two recognized artists, the goal of the project is to produce a true work of art that goes beyond simple arts and crafts.
We suggest visiting old henequen haciendas. Necessary to bring camera

Start date: any Monday
Length of course: 2 weeks
Price: $1195 US

Included:

  • 20 Spanish lessons per week
  • 4 classes of 4 hours Collage Workshop
  • All materials
  • 2 weeks Homestay

SCULPTURE IN ARTIFICIAL STONE

In this workshop, we aim to provide technical support for the development of sculptural skill. At this stage, students will have a stronger challenge to overcome, creating a sculptural idea in a closed format, from a miniature model itself led to larger proportions.
The course will begin with the drafting of miniature. We will start carving work in Styrofoam and modeling on clay, in bigger formats. You will learn to make a molding plaster, and with this you can make an sculpture with concrete that can be displayed indoors or in gardens and open areas.
On this course, you can using their original ideas as a starting point, students will receive individual guidance in finding simple solutions to a finished work of sculpture. You will find this workshop easy to develop a sculptural project using resistant and lasting materials.

Start date: any Monday
Length of course: 2 weeks
Price: $1351 US

Included:

  • 20 Spanish lessons per week
  • 15 classes of 4 hours Sculpture Workshop
  • All materials
  • 2 weeks Homestay