Na'atik Language and Cultural Institute
Na'atik Language and Cultural Institute Programs
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...
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...
Na'atik Language and Cultural Institute Reviews
Ready to go back again!!!
Submitted by Jodi Jones - Na'atik | June 27, 2018
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.
Submitted by Elke Kohler - Alexandria, VA United States | March 23, 2018
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.
Submitted by arqueogato - Texas State University | January 12, 2018
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.
Random google search = fun week long experience
Submitted by sian - Oakland, CA United States | December 26, 2017
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!
An incredible eye opener
Submitted by 123 - Montreal, Quebec Canada | November 22, 2017
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.