Spanish for Diabetes Educators in Cuernavaca, Mexico, October 3

A week of Spanish study (5 days of classes) concentrated on your professional specialty. You will have 30 contact classroom hours, as well as opportunities outside the classroom for use of your Spanish. This course may qualify for continuing education units. Information on this is being developed. The course is arranged through Language Link, the U.S. Office for the Spanish Language Institute (800.552.2051,, and is sponsored by the AADE California coordinating body.

You will arrange your own airfare into Mexico City, with Sunday afternoon arrival the best time (although other arrival times can be accommodated). Sunday, fly into Mexico City, where you will be transported by a private service to your lovely garden spa hotel, Posada Tlaltenanango. You will have a choice of single or double (2 beds) rooms. This hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in Cuernavaca and it is the only Anti-Aging Spa in Latin America.

Monday*, Tuesday, Wednesday*, Thursday*, Friday

  • Included daily continental breakfast in your hotel
  • Taxis to the institute are readily available for about $1 per trip per person, based on three riding together. It is about a 25 minute walk from the hotel to the school, for those wanting the exercise.
  • 9:00 Orientation at the Spanish Language Institute, an outstanding Spanish school with a stellar reputation for professional programs and terrific teachers.
  • 9:00 – 12:00 You will be in a class limited to five students, all at the same level. The Spanish taught will be general in order to provide or refine the basic concepts of the language.
  • 12:00 – 3:00 You will be in classes specifically designed for diabetes educators, with emphasis on the vocabulary and structure needed in your field.
  • 3:00 Taxi or walk back to your hotel for lunch on your own at the hotel or to the place of your choice. Cuernavaca is a city filled with wonderful restaurants.
  • Free after lunch for individual study or to explore Cuernavaca. Or you can arrange one of the amazing treatments in the world-class spa located in your hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

*Monday – 4:30 to 6pm, guided downtown Cuernavaca Walking Tour

*Wednesday the same as above, but with an optional excursion to the archaeological zone of Xochicalcoand Hacienda Vista Hermosa (not included in total price)

*Thursday – the same as above, but including a presentation by a Mexican diabetes professional. 3:00 – school fiesta, with mariachis, Margaritas and a piñata! After the party you will have a salsa class.

Friday morning classes. Optional excursion to Taxco (not included in basic fee)

Saturday Included all day excursion to Bazar Sábado in the Coyoacán area of Mexico City. This is a market which attracts the finest artisans from all over Mexico, and there is also an outdoor art exhibition with works for sale in an outdoor park. Following your purchased lunch there, you will head to the nearby Casa Azul, the private house of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. You’ll follow this by a visit to the floating gardens of Xochimilco, where you’ll board a chinampa (raft type boat) to navigate ancient canals.

Sunday you will be transported back to the Mexico City airport for your trip home.

A few comments from some participants in the last session (held January 2010):

The language school was excellent. Small classes, excellent teachers, and good curriculum. The school time and leisure time were divided well, we had fun at both. What a wonderful city Cuernavaca is, a great place to have the school. I got many of the diabetes aspects that I need with my patients.

Thank you for a wonderful and very organized trip. The Spanish classes, the school, accommodations and the guide to where to go, where to eat, where to bank, etc. was very helpful. The visit to your beautiful home was a highlight. Loved every minute of it all.

Thank you again for an amazing experience. We had a ball! The education was excellent and painless. I have been using my Spanish daily with patients and I think I am finally in the right tense. I can’t wait to come back; I can’t stop talking about the fun, the language and cultural immersion and, of course, the fiesta. (She celebrated her birthday in Cuernavaca.)

The classes were fun, full of energy and entertaining. The instructor was extremely well prepared. I am an educator and therefore can be critical, but all the instructors seemed to be versed in adult learning principles, they allowed self direction and keep participation high. The excursions were all interesting and fun and I never felt herded just taken care of. Everyone at the school went all out for us.

We were so well taken care; the excursions were great opportunities to practice and experience the culture. I loved the boat in Mexico – we sang we danced and bonded as group.

I was impressed with how the teachers used adult learning skills to help us. They also were very sensitive to our individual needs. It was a dream fulfilled for me to be able to participate in this event. I was impressed with the organization of the whole trip. In response to the question – Did you get what you needed professionally through the course: Yes! I have had to use it twice this week already! My co-workers tell I sound more confident when I speak.

Comment from an accompanying spouse:

I enjoyed the opportunity to enrich my Spanish. I appreciated your efforts to enable us to visit so many places. Truly, language cannot be separated from culture and if you do not know something about the culture you cannot understand the language.

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The total cost (not including airfare) will depend on your choice of accommodations. There are limited rooms at the hotel, so requests will be finalized on a first come, first served basis.

Includes school registration, tuition for specialized classes, textbook, round trip airport transportation from Mexico City to Cuernavaca, full day Saturday excursion as described, salsa class, seven nights hotel room, continental breakfast, school fiesta, and professional presentation.

$925 Garden Double room with individual beds (we can arrange a roommate for you)

$1,075 Garden Private room

To ensure your place, you must return registration form along with a $300 deposit by Sept 1. (We may be able to accept last minute registrations, depending on the enrollment) $200 of this deposit will be refunded if you cancel before September 15.

The balance of your cost will be payable by September 15.

For other information please contact Kay Godfrey, Language Link,

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