Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I already know some Spanish?
Take the placement test. This can be done online now or once you arrive in Oaxaca, from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8pm, and Saturday's from 9 am to 2 pm. If you need an oral exam you will be asked to come in at 9 am on Monday morning.
When do I have to pay for classes?
We ask that students pay for classes on Monday. This is so that we can give those who pre-book the free materials we offer in good time: a notebook, pen, verb tense book. If you do not receive these on payment and you have pre-booked over the internet, please request them at reception. Payment must be made no later than Wedenesday.
How do I get a discount?
* Internet pre-booking gives you a 5% discount.
* Booking for over a month takes this discount to 7.5% when payment is made in full at the beginning of the stay.
* Eight students or more enrolling together.
What nationalities are most students?
Obviously, this varies. A lot of students are from Canada, the U.S., Britain, Japan and Holland.
Can I combine group and private classes?
Yes, you can. We would probably suggest you take group classes in the morning and private in the afternoon. Arrangements would be made on an individual basis depending on the number of hours you take.
Will the family do my laundry if I have a homestay?
Laundry service is not included. Some families will have a maid who comes by once a week and you can pay for your washing to be done. There are good laundry services available all over town.
Are there ATM machines in Oaxaca?
Yes, they are widely available.
Can I change traveller's cheques in Oaxaca?
Yes, you can.
Can I pay the school with traveller's cheques?
No, we take US dollars, Mexican pesos, VISA or Mastercard.
What is the weather like in Oaxaca?
First, average high and low temperatures only apply to a couple of hours at midday and late night/predawn. Most of the day in the central valleys the temperature will be around 25º C (77º F) to 30º C (86º F). Remember, in the capital city of Oaxaca we are at an altitude of 1550 meters (5080 feet) above sea level which means that the sun is quite strong but there will always be a significant difference in temperature out of the direct sun.
Is there parking near the school?
Parking is available both in paying car parks or free on the streets, usually within a five minute walk from the school.
How do I get to Oaxaca?
By Plane: Oaxaca has it's own airport (Benito Juarez) with some international flights. You'll probably find it's necessary to change planes in Mexico City. Sometimes your local flight is included in the international tariff. Ask your travel agent.
By Bus: There are comfortable coaches to Oaxaca every hour. The luxury coaches, UNO, are very comfortable and only have 24 fully reclining seats on each bus.
Are there gyms in Oaxaca?
Yes. Both aerobics and gyms are available.
Where are the school trips usually to?
We visit a number of different places, here are a few of them: traditional looms; the famous black pottery village; the wooden animal village; Ocotlán, Etla and Zaachila village markets; Cuilapam; a coffee production plant; a cochineal farm.
If your questions aren't answered here please contact us.