Educational Travel, Tours, and Learning Vacations in Mexico
Eco-Adventures in Baja, Mexico
Whale Shark Diving Quest and Research Project
Dive with a purpose! Enjoy diving the best sites in the Sea of Cortez while you participate in a once-in-a-lifetime research project. With a spotter-plane to help locate the whale sharks, you'll observe and assist visiting guide and researcher Dení Ramírez during each encounter. As with all our Live-Aboard Diving programs, you'll visit dive sites that are out of reach for day boats, where you can explore underwater worlds few others get to see.
SEE Turtle Monitoring Expeditions
You'll actively participate in projects with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a leader in Baja's turtle conservation efforts. Projects include monitoring endangered sea turtles and providing training and alternative income sources to local fishermen.
Digital Photography Workshop and Wildlife Voyage
Enhance your photography and digital workflow skills on this 5-day workshop led by instructor Neil Ever Osborne, a passionate conservation photographer who documents species at risk and environments in peril around the world.
Family Learning Adventure on the Don Jose
This new family-friendly program on the Don Jose combines fun, adventure and learning. Our experienced naturalist guide will lead hikes, kayak and snorkeling excursions and other environmental awareness activities sure to please all ages. Plus, certified divers can enjoy some great dive sites in the Sea of Cortez, while non-divers (ages 8 and up) can learn the necessary skills to safely try scuba diving.
Mexican Camp Cooking and Spanish Language Instruction
You'll enjoy all the activities included on our standard Espiritu Santo Sea Kayaking Camp program—plus, practice conversational Spanish and camp cooking with experts who make learning fun during this new Special Interest trip.
Yoga, Massage & Sea Kayaking Retreat
The combination of daily yoga practice, meditation, massage and spending time in nature will reawaken your senses and reconnect you with the Earth in this new program. Rejuvenating outdoor yoga and massage sessions will help you reap the true benefits of these practices in nature. Plus, you'll kayak, hike and snorkel to explore both the scenic and the spiritual sides of Espiritu Santo Island.
Baja Expeditions Educational Explorations
We are going one step farther to customize your educational exploration in Baja, the perfect place to explore an ecosystem far removed from any text book or overcrowded national park. If you are a science teacher looking for a hands-on field study trip of a lifetime for your students, a group of retirees looking to learn about the natural history of Baja, or a group of friends and family full of outdoor enthusiasts, we will design the perfect trip for you. The opportunities to connect science with our adventures are
endless and our naturalist guides will facilitate any combination of activities to fulfill the needs of the group’s learning objectives.
Contact: Educational Programs Coordinator, 2625 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA, 92109, USA. Tel. 1800-843-6967, 858-581-3311. Website: www.bajaex.com.
Cemanahuac Educational Community
Trips are highly educational, with college credit (graduate and undergraduate) available. Countries include Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Focus areas include history, anthropology, archaeology, social issues, cooking and cuisine, and popular and folk art. Previous groups include teachers, social workers, artists, senior citizens, chefs, museum members, alumni groups, and other adult participants. Each trip individually planned.
Intensive Spanish in Yucatan
Centro de Idiomas del Sureste, A.C. (CIS), founded in 1974, offers 3-5 hours per day of intensive conversational Spanish classes with native-speaking, university-trained professors. Maximum 6 students per group, average 3. Program includes beginner courses to very advanced with related field trips and recommended optional homestay. Also special classes in business, legal, medical vocabulary, or Mayan studies.
Institute of Modern Spanish/Instituto de Español Moderno
Spanish language & Mexican cultural immersion
Located in the doorway to the Mayan culture and weekend beach excursion, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico is home to the Institute of Modern Spanish since 1995. Spanish language immersion programs with unique integrated lessons. Full immersion homestays.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.modernspanish.com.
Mar de Jade Ocean-front Center, Chacala, Nayarit
Celebrating our 20th year as a center for responsible tourism, we are located in the fishing village of Chacala on its beautiful beach north of Puerto Vallarta. For 15-years, our volunteer/study program has been offering opportunities to guests to learn Spanish and put it to use in rural community volunteer projects, including a medical clinic, an after school program for children, a community kitchen and garden project, ESL classes, and house construction. Guests gain insight into local culture through volunteering. Surrounded by lush jungle with the warm, clear Pacific at our door, they enjoy swimming, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, whale-watching, and other excursions. Our calendar of retreats include yoga, meditation among others as well as our teen summer camp.
University of California, San Diego Extension
Building Bridges to Baja, Mexico
A three day trip to Baja California, Mexico where participants may work on projects such as painting a school, retro-fitting a building for special needs children, and planting a garden. Mexican officials provide a briefing on the history and culture of the area. Local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) will present a program on the needs of the area and the issues they are addressing. See the website for more info: www.extension.ucsd.edu.
Live the Language
Univ. of California, San Diego, Extension offers short-term, affordable language immersion programs for adults throughout the year. Spend a weekend or week in Ensenada or 2 or 5 weeks in Guadalajara. Carefully selected host families complement classroom instruction to create a complete immersion experience. UCSD Extension credit available. See the website for more info: www.extension.ucsd.edu.