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March 17, 2015

March 16, 2015: The Students Return from Homestays

My job often has me traveling overseas. Recent travels have seen me in England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, China, Denmark and Sweden to name a few. Part of the fun is meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and overcoming the challenges that inevitably crop up around a foreigner in a foreign land. Without fail on each and… View Article

March 17, 2015

March 14, 2015: More Student Homestay Updates

James: The first day I was nervous but after my host brother Héctor showed me around I got used to everything very quickly. I loved to learn Mayan mathematics and the homework Is fun and easy. I love to help everybody to learn English. I think that besides the dress code that I’m not used… View Article

March 12, 2015

March 10, 2015: Student Homestay Updates

Three of our 5th graders sent updates about their homestays. Sounds like initial feelings of anxiety and homesickness have given way to happiness and enthusiasm! Frances: The first  day was hard because I missed my parents, but I got used to it. On Sunday it was a bit easier. Now that I’m at school and… View Article

March 10, 2015

March 9, 2015: First Day at Escuela Modelo!

Today the students started their first day at Escuela Modelo. They arrived with their host families and TIS parents were invited to take a tour of the school.   Photo by TIS teacher Mercy Martinez Photo by TIS parent Richard Foote Photo by TIS parent Catherine Pellegrin   Photos by TIS teacher Constanza Wilkes

March 9, 2015

March 7, 2015: Capstone from a Parent’s Perspective

Two years ago I left Merida, Mexico with my 5th grade daughter amazed at the experience. Now I have the opportunity to observe and participate as a parent with my son.  I wondered how the experience might be different or if it would be as wonderful. As I am sitting near the pool with other… View Article

March 8, 2015

March 6, 2015: Fun in Merida

Our Spanish track students have safely arrived in Merida, Yucatan. Here are some photos of them enjoying their time in the sun and sand before heading off to their individual homestays.   Photos by TIS parent Deidre Burton Crandell    

March 8, 2015

March 7, 2015: Welcome Lunch, Meeting Host Families

On Saturday there was a welcome lunch at the Hotel Casa del Balam. The host families came and shared lunch with their respective TIS families. It is a wonderful way to introduce the students to their host family and get to know one another in a casual setting. Photos by TIS teacher Mercy Martinez Photo… View Article

March 5, 2015

March 4 – Teachers Arrive in Merida

We are here! Everything is going very well. It was a great trip, everything on time. We arrived and Constanza and I went out to eat with two families who also arrived today. We had a lovely time together.  Cheers, Mercy