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ABOUT AVENTURAS LANGUAGES
In 1981, in between years of graduate study for our MSW in social work at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, we traveled to Mexico to study and learn Spanish in an intensive Spanish language immersion school. We knew then that acquisition of the Spanish language and knowledge of Mexican and Latin culture would be important to us in building cultural and language competency in our profession working as clinical social workers with mental health clients in California. We knew that with most of our clientele speaking Mexican Spanish that learning Spanish in Mexico was important. We traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico, in the state of Morelos. We learned that this was one of the two world centers for the study of the Spanish language. Upon arrival in Cuernavaca, we began our research of the many schools there. After visiting many Cuernavaca Spanish immersion schools and meeting their staff, we decided upon the program at EXPERIENCIA, Centro de Intercambio Bilingüe y Cultural. It had many things that we were looking for and more.
We decided upon a six week course of studies with very little background in Spanish. During our stay, we fell in love with the people and the culture of Mexico. Our experience at EXPERIENCIA was one that left a lasting impression. In the spirit of our graduate studies professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, our experience was one of "fun and learning, too!" We made life-long friends from Mexico and Europe. We traveled for two weeks in Mexico after our studies before returning home. Since that time, we have returned to Mexico for a dozen additional "aventuras" there, totaling about a year of time spent in various parts of the country (Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Chiapas, San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Baja California, Mazatlan, Merida, Yucatan, Acapulco, Zihuatenejo, San Cristobal, Palenque, Bonampak, Yachilán in Chiapas). In 1999, we returned to Experiencia with our children for a "tune-up". Since that time, our children have taken 26 weeks of immersion classes themselves in classes designed for children. Our daughter was able to begin Spanish classes in high school at year three. Also, our own level of fluency has continued to build. Our children are young adults now entering nursing where Spanish immersion is quite important.
Each time we have returned we have taken additional students with us. We started AVENTURAS LANGUAGES out of our love for México, her people and a desire to help bring increased Spanish language skills and cultural competency to the services that many people need in their employment setting today. The students that we send down and take down in group trips with us come from many different backgrounds. Some are Social Workers, Mental Health Therapists, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, Embassy Diplomates, Government Employees, Education Professionals, Priests and other Clergy, Nuns, Ministers, Business Executives and Professionals, Medical Students, Law Students, Social Work Students and other College Students, Retirees, and other Mexico-lovers that just want to be able to speak better when they travel. Many of our students are Latinos who either want to learn the language for themselves, fine-tune some aspect of grammar, or expose their children to the culture and the language in a more intense way. Many students have traveled with their families who study with them. Some students feel more comfortable traveling in a group so we have enjoyed setting up these experiences as well. We look forward to many more "AVENTURAS" ourselves.
In 2000 we found a common interest with an immersion instructor in Mexico. We thought that useful inexpensive live online classes could be developed via the internet using instant messaging formats. In the fall of 2000, we pioneered the first live online Spanish classes via internet. In recent years we have expanded this to include voice technology and now offer live voice and text based Spanish immersion style classes via internet. We continue our own live online classes each Sunday morning at 10AM. This has allowed us to continue to grow in our Spanish skills after returning from our annual in-country tune up each summer. We have also been surprised at the improvement in our ability to read and write Spanish. You can contact AVENTURAS LANGUAGES to provide Online Spanish Tutoring using email and live instant chat to facilitate learning. José also arranges translations, studies in Latin literature, art, politics, culture competency consultation and in-country instruction in Cuernavaca and Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently, this program is offered in an immersion-style format with the learning occuring completely in Spanish. This is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. For some students it will help them brush-up on their Spanish and be at a higher level of fluency when they arrive in México for intensive study. For others, it will help to maintain and build their fluency when they have returned home. Other Spanish language learning programs are also possible. AVENTURAS offers two free class hours with Professor José when signing up for one of our language study programs.
Since 2004, we have expanded the schools and programs that we work with to include other high quality Spanish immersion language schools in other Latin American countries and in Spain. We contract with the University of California at Santa Cruz, in their English Language International program and Educational Consortium Institute in the Monterey Bay area near Santa Cruz, California bringing foreign students to the United States to study English and American English and American culture. We are now also working with Accord Languages in Paris, France, including their summer program in French language immersion in a secure residential setting outside of Paris. We also offer options to study, learn and travel to schools and institutes teaching immersion German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and Catonese dialects), Russian, and Greek immersion school with concurrent cultural immersion.
These programs include schools in other parts of
Mexico (Solexico Spanish Schools: Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca , Guanajuato and
Puerto Vallarta); Escuela Mexicana in Guanajuato, Guanajuato; Academia Hispania
Spanish School in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; and other programs in
La Paz, Baja California, Guadalajara, Acapulco and Zihuatenejo. Our other
Latin American partners are in Costa Rica, Honduras and throughout all of
Latin America including Portuguese immersion in Brazil. We are expanding
to send students to Europe and Asia, having already sent students to Paris
to study French.
AVENTURAS LANGUAGES also contracts with Educational
Consortium Institute in the Santa Cruz, California area where we are the
coordinators of their J1 Visa Program Public High School placing and monitoring
international high school students for one and two semester placement. We
also arrange placements for high school students in their Intensive Summer
Teen English Immersion Program. Over the past 12 years, we have been a homestay
family for ECI to over 25 teenagers from Japan and China.
A sus ordenes,
Charley and Laura
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