No. 1: Our First Week

August 22, 2008. Querétaro.

GroupOn Friday evening, August 15, the 2008 WIM group arrived safely at the Querétaro airport, where they were met by Dr. Mary Docter, the faculty director. Phil and Mama

The thirteen students were immediately taken to their new homes, and spent their first weekend getting acquainted with their host family, their neighborhood, and the Mexican bus system. Sunday afternoon we all came together again for our welcome comida and party, followed on Monday morning by an orientation and tour of the University of Querétaro (UAQ), where students are enrolled.

A typical weekday looks something like this: in the morning, students take their Spanish grammar, conversation, composition and/or literature courses, followed by Mexican Civilization and the Engaging Cultures seminar at 12:30 p.m. At 2:00, everyone goes homeTim and Ali in art to their Mexican families for la comida, the main meal of the day, and if lucky, a siesta as well. Then, two afternoons a week we all return to campus to take courses in Mexican Art and Latin Dance.

In the evenings and weekends—after studying, of course—everyone has been actively exploring the beautiful colonial city and making new local friends. Students have enjoyed dancing, soccer games, churches, and fiestas! A city with a rich cultural heritage, there is always something to do in Querétaro.

To see more of our adventures, just click the play button on the slideshow below: