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Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

Na'atik Language and Cultural Institute offers Spanish and Maya language immersion courses in the heart of the stunning Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The school, located in...

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Na’atik Language and Culture Institute in the beautiful Maya Zone of Mexico (approximately one hour inland from Tulum) seeks friendly, Spanish-speaking Study Abroad Manager...

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Na'atik Language and Cultural Institute Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

Ready to go back again!!!

I'd been thinking about doing and immersion course for years - I'm so glad I finally did it. I was a little nervous traveling to Mexico alone to stay with a family I'd never met where I knew there would be a struggle in communication (my Spanish is VERY limited), but everything from arriving to leaving was more than I expected.

When I arrived in town - Simon, from the school, took me to meet my family and got me set up in the house. They were so gracious and really made me feel welcome. I had my own room and shared a bathroom with the family. Over the three weeks I was there I learned so much about the culture and fell in love with my new family.

The classes were small - I was the only one in my class there the whole three weeks, but each week I had a new person in class with me. My professor Cesar was great. He was funny and patient - oh so patient. He was great at adjusting to my style of learning and helping me get the most out of my time there. Of course we all like to think - I'm going to go to Mexico for three weeks and come back fluent - lol - that's never going to happen - And honestly I was a little discouraged about a week and a half in - but as I was walking to school one morning speaking Spanish to myself it hit me - OH MY GOD - I CAN SAY SO MANY THINGS IN SPANISH NOW!!!

The website said the town was safe and it absolutely was. I often walked around at night alone and felt perfectly safe. As a woman traveling alone that was very important to me.

On the weekends when there was no class I was able to take trips to nearby cities and see and do so many amazing things. I toured ruins and museums, swam in a cenote, walked around cities, shopped, practiced my spanish....it was GREAT. I was also able to take one of the daughters on one trip and the whole family for another trip.

If you've never been to Mexico (other than tourist areas) - you have to remember - IT'S Mexico. You don't drink the water - there isn't central air - the family you stay with will probably live modestly. If you're looking for luxury - go to Cancun and stay in a nice hotel, but if you want a true immersion experience go to Na'atik. You won't regret it.

Program: Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Wonderful program

I had a fabulous 10 days at Na'Atik. Great teachers and a relaxed and pleasant environment. Great side trips to a gorgeous lagoon and nature park. Felipe Carrillo residents are charming and welcoming. I highly recommend the Na'Atik language school and I plan to return for another session.

Program: Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Third time!

I wasn't going to write a review because it wasn't my first time coming to this program ... then I realized the fact that I've come three times and am dedicated to making this a yearly (or at least bi-yearly) experience says quite a lot, I think. Love love love the program, feel more at home in the Maya community every time I go. Maya's a hard language to learn, and I think you need a native speaker (sorry Alfred Tozzer) to help you learn it. Both during the program while at the Three Kings Day festival in Uh May and afterward while I was on a short tour of Chunhuhub, I came across Maya folks speaking, and I was able to catch conversation threads and replying, sometimes even replying correctly! Seriously, though, I was doing the thing: I was communicating with people in their language. It isn't fluency (nor would I expect to be there after the limited time I've spent working with Maya), but it's a start. So thanks, guys! And see you next year, I hope.

Program: Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Random google search = fun week long experience

After becoming somewhat 'maxed out' with online resources to learn Spanish I did a random Google search for an immersion program. Na'atik came up and I was interested in how it was a program that gave back to the local community. I booked the trip after emailing with the coordinator a few times and learning that they could accommodate my schedule. I had just basic Spanish understanding when I arrived. The family I stayed with was very patient and supportive of my choppy/wrong tense Spanish and helped me to straighten my phrases out. The school facility was new and beautiful! I was able to do a few afternoon trips in the week I was there to learn more about the culture. I felt completely safe for the entire trip and can now understand past, present, and future tense!

Program: Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

An incredible eye opener

As for mosts I guess, my knowledge of Mexico was somewhat limited if not non existent apart from the usual beach resorts. Living in Felipe Carrillo was a great experience in this respect helping me to find out more about what real life looks like in some parts at least of Mexico. Finding out as well that a thriving Maya population and culture exists still today was a real eye opener. Learning Spanish in this setting was both stimulating and very efficient. I learned a lot in only 3 weeks and did see a significant improvement in my overall language skills. Thanks to Na'atik, I came back home more fluent in Spanish and somewhat more educated about Mexico.

Program: Na'atik Language & Culture Institute: Study Abroad Yucatán

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