Barton students interested in learning Spanish and experiencing Spanish culture have the opportunity to travel to Mexico this summer through the Mexico Summer Program.

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Dr. Sharon Montano, associate professor of Spanish.

Dr. Sharon Montano, associate professor of Spanish, said the Mexico summer program offers six credit hours of Spanish classes and provides cultural workshops and activities.

The following Spanish level courses will be offered at Universidad de Zamora: Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 and 421. Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The classes will include concepts such as grammar, conversation, culture and writing in the target language. Books, instructional materials and computer access will be provided.

Montano said students will be able to travel to local sight-seeing areas ranging from Camécuaro to the country club.

After classes Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. cultural workshops and activities will be available.

The sporting activities offered are hiking, horseback riding, soccer, squash, swimming and tennis. Artistic activities will also be available such as mask-painting, pastels, pottery, dance, guitar, theatre and cooking. Cultural learning events such as festivals, lectures, symposia and film will also take place.

Weekend trips will be taken to Guanajuato, Morelia, Paricutín, Pátzcuaro and Guadalajara and Jalisco.

Students will stay in three to four star hotels on weekends, but during the week they will stay in private homes.

Three meals will be provided per day Monday through Friday, but students will be expected to pay out of pocket for meals on the weekend.

In order to travel, a passport is mandatory. If a student does not have one, he or she can visit the post office for a form and have it expedited. The student will need original copies of his or her birth certificate.

Travel dates are to be coordinated with Montano. All flights must land at the Guadalajara airport only.

Montano said the tentative cost for the trip will be $2,100 plus airfare and weekend meals. Interested students should talk with Montano to book the same flight.

If a student plans to go on the trip, Montano said a deposit of $100 is now due and the rest of the money is due April 30. All monies should be deposited in the following Barton account: 02-2800-1077-28002-01.

Tyquan Davis-Reid, sophomore student interested in the trip, thinks the trip will be beneficial.

Reid said, “I think it will be an easy and fun way to get to travel to another country and get to learn spanish at the same time while basically getting to go on a vacation.”

For more information about the trip, contact Montano at her email smontano@barton.edu, her cellphone 504-258-8366 or her office number 252-399-6460.

By Taylor Baker
Managing Editor