Students spent two weeks living with a Mexican family while studying Spanish in small, ability based groups at the Instituto Mexicano de Español y Cultura (IMEC). Known as the ¨City of Eternal Spring,” Cuernavaca boasts an abundance of cultural and historical attractions. IMEC, one of the foremost language schools in the city, has enjoyed a relationship with Harvard-Westlake for two decades. In addition to a multitude of local activities and several day-long cultural excursions, students performed twelve hours of community service at a local orphanage.
“Traveling to Cuernavaca was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I experienced so much of Mexico's culture with my host family and got to share this experience with other students in my community. It made learning very hands-on and made me more comfortable about speaking Spanish.”
Angela Chon, Student
"My experience in Cuernavaca was amazing. It really got me to open up and take risks. I was nervous about visiting a new country and speaking a different language, but I got comfortable pretty quickly and had a great time immersing myself in the Mexican culture. My host family was incredible and very hospitable and I still stay in touch with them, even two years later.”
Garrett Robinson, Student