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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 Cultural Institute Reviews

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Awesome!

When I first joined the program I spoke no Spanish. But, with the help of my teachers, and my amazing host family I learned a ton quickly. By the time I left I was conversationally fluent and eager to learn more. On top of helping me learn Spanish, the school helped organize trips so I could see all the amazing sites in the Yucatan.

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Exciting, enlightening, and unforgettable

When I told my parents I was signing up to study at Na'atik, they had lots of questions.
No really, LOTS of questions. Where was this place? Was it legitimate? Was it safe?
Ultimately, I think I ended up telling them something along the lines of, "I'm not totally sure, but I'm willing to take that chance," and I left.
Sitting here typing this today makes me so thankful that I did.
In just 3 weeks, I grew tremendously in my understanding, confidence, and comprehension.
Even more than the language, though, those 3 weeks forced me outside of my comfort zone. They brought a new family into my life. They taught me about a culture I had known little about. They gave me new perspectives, and they inspired me to continue to learn and to be curious shamelessly.
From people in the shops, the streets, the restaurants, from the staff, to the teachers, the families, and friends, I was learning more about the language, the culture, and myself every minute. My teacher, Silvia, was patient and passionate and it felt that strangers, too, were invested in my success.
I struggle with how to describe it in words. It's just a journey that you'd have to take to know. Na'atik offers a unique experience in its size and location and, if you are reading this because it's an option for you, I say just go for it. And when you do, make the absolute most of it. Buen viaje!

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

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