Student Testimonials

GARRY L. POTTS, P.A.
Attorney at Law
Clearwater, FL
Everything was as advertised. The professionalism of the administration and staff was superb. The educational classes were taken seriously and well conducted. The home stay family was very good. Excellent location and facility. It is obvious why the Institute has such high approval ratings.
BRUCE HOAGLAND
University Professor
Norman, OK
I was very impressed by the dedication of the instructors. The atmosphere of the Institute is very conductive to learning.
GRANT HALL
IT
Birmingham, AL
I really did not know what to expect when I first planned my trip – but I have found many wonderful friends and a city that I have come to love and enjoy. The flexibility of the program has been great and has allowed me to understand many topics that probably are usually saved for more advanced students of the language.
KATHRYN BENDER
Student
Door County, WI
This was the best studying experience of my life. The Spanish grammar in the morning was intensive and my teachers were great. The idea for guides is ´un buena idea´ … I laughed a lot with my guide and my teacher. I love it here.
NERVANNA VARGAS
Registered Nurse
Las Vegas, NV
Overall this has been a wonderful experience. I learned a lot from my instructors and visited many beautiful places. Merida is a beautiful city with friendly people, fantastic food and a wonderful rich history. I will definitely return to this beautiful place. Thank you so much.
CHARLENE CHILDS
Teacher
Okinawa, Japan
This was the best thing I have ever done to help my career and my own self-confidence. The program addressed every need I had.
TIMOTHY HENDERSON
Physicist/Engineer
Las Vegas, NV
It was enjoyable! I like the personal service from Christian and his staff. My teacher was excellent. She was very technical when it came to grammar. I liked those discussions and clarifications. The school is located in a safe area and central to lots of activities.
RIANN SICIAK
Teacher
Monterey, CA
I enjoyed the program so much. It had an excellent combination of classroom time and time for exploring the city. I met many wonderful people to platicar with. I would definitely recommend the program to others. Thank you!
JANICE KUSHNER
Retired
Severn, MD
Very student friendly program. Instructors and guides could not have been better!
RHOXANNE MORRIS
Coach
Santa Cruz, CA
I would recommend this program to everyone. The staff is always available for anything and that puts a student at ease when coming to a different country and not yet knowing the language.
RUTH GODWIN
Retired Teacher
FLORENCE, ALABAMA
I had opportunities to practice and receive correction. I benefitted the excursions culturally. I have a greater understanding of this part of mexico.

This was overall a very pleasant experience, thanks to the efforts off the directors, teachers, guides and families to maximize learning.

MATT MAGIERA
Businessman
New York, NY
This program provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a spanish speaking Culture. The professors are excellent and everyone in and around the school is extremely nice. There are PLENTY of opportunities to really improve your spanish at the institute.
BRIANNA THOMPSON
Teacher
Eva, AL
This is an excellent program. All of the people I have met through this program have been kind and friendly. Having a conversation partner/guide really makes a difference in this being an amazing experience.
DREW H. VAN BOERUM
Doctor
Salt Lake City, UT
Me gustó mucho esta experiencia. Mi maestra era excelente, me enseñó mucho. Mi español ha mejorado mucho.
LAURA BUTLER
Teacher
Decatin, AL
I had a wonderful experience live in Mérida. The best part was the friends that we made. I was able to practice my spanish a lot.
SHEILA LATHAN
Good Spring, TN
This was a very beneficial learning opportunity. The guides were fantastic, and my teacher has been great!! I have learned so much, and would like to return one day.
JARROD RANDALL
Student
Florence, AL
Me alegro que tuviera esta oportunidad de participar en el programa de SiMerida. Se ha mejorado mi español como nunca fuera posible en mi país. Mérida es una ciudad preciosa.
BRITTANY THOMPSON
Teacher
Eva, AL
Thank you for your hard work in providing such a great program. Eva and Christián were more than willing to help with any thing we needed. Overall, I had a wonderful experience. The guides are the best part of the program. When I have the opportunity to spend time with people my age who share similar interests and experiences, it makes me want to communicate in spanish even more than in class. All of my guides were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.
KATHERINE RAY
Student
Huntsville, AL
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, so much so that I want to stay longer. My host family was great, and I enjoyed living like I was a person of the city and not just a traveler. I think my spanish has really improved.
CHARLES STANBERRY
Retired computer programmer
Oakland, CA
It was tough at first adjusting to everything but it didn’t take long and it was one of the best cross-cultural experiences I’ve ever had.
DAVID NELSON
Computer Architect
Westminster,CO
The classroom experience was really good, but the thing that I really like and that set this school apart was the afternoon conversation class. I really appreciated my teacher’s willingness to constantly correct me. He was very knowledgeable about Merida and the Mayan culture.
PAUL KORPI
Engineer Marine
Sequim, WA
This has given me a great basic line for future students in spanish.
AMANDA COLLIER
Student
San Jose, CA
Absolute best experience of my life. There were ups and downs but the ups more than out weight the downs. I loved my teacher and the facility.
BOB FOSTER
Retired
Watsonville, CA
Great, Well done , extremely well managed!!! Quality of Administration performed by Eva, Christian y Felix, The conversation part of the program is excellent for a number of reasons, but two are extremely rewarding to the student:

  1. Orientation to the city and culture activities that “abound” in the city and
  2. A well educated, ambitions, positive resident to clarify spanish questions.

This is an excellent program, good job!!!

ERIK ERIKSEN
Student
Santa Cruz, CA
I had a great time, would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to improve their spanish skills or to learn more about Mexico, oh yeah going to Playa del Carmen for tree days and the ballet folklorico was a pretty good call too.
LAUREN ASHBURN
Spanish teacher
Elkin, NC
Every aspect of this program has been great. To me, the most important aspect has been living like a local, a native. Harping with a family, riding the public transportation to school, getting around town -this is where you really learn good spanish. However, the classroom aspect is essential as formal background instruction to accommodate the everyday speaking.
NICOLE ETRHEIM
Highschool student
Onalaska,WI
Overall, it was a really fun and educational experience. My spanish was improved, and I had fun doing it.
JAMES JUSTET
Law Enforcement
TEXAS
There were 3 things that I liked the most of this program: Enviroment-Merida is beautiful. Total Immersion-(This is very effective). Attitude-Everyone at the school had a great attitude. Very helpful.

My overall experience in the program is Wonderful!!!

JUDD BUCHANAN
Businessman
Silver Star Club Resort Ltd, Canada
I improved my knowledge of spanish. Being immersed in a spanish speaking environment is great. The city of Merida is beautiful.

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