My favorite academic experience was my internship that I completed in a small village outside of Merida. I met once a week with a woman who started a fair trade co-op. By the end of the experience, I had improved my knowledge of life in her small village, her co-op, improved my Spanish speaking abilities, and made a new friendship.
As a student on the Merida program, choose from two living options, based on your desired immersion level:
The Central College Abroad house
Live in the Central College house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, the house was once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. All Meals are served family style and combine Yucatecan, Mexican and international cuisine. Students have access to kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.
For students looking for complete language and cultural immersion, living with a family is an invaluable option not to be ignored. Interaction with a family improves language skills and allows students the valuable opportunity to experience traditional Yucatecan hospitality while still having full access to the Central College Abroad house.
All Central College Abroad host families have been carefully selected and most have a long history of receiving students in their homes.
Students are served breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. Students living with host families also have access to Central College Abroad kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.
Please contact the Central College Abroad office for additional living arrangement details.