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March 10, 2019

Capstone 2019: Host Family Meeting and Student Send-Off

Finally –  the most anticipated day by far arrived! TIS Capstone students met their host families. They packed up their things and went down to the hotel lobby to eagerly await the arrival of their host “buddies” and families. The excitement was palpable as the families began to trickle through the doors! After a brief… View Article

March 9, 2019

Capstone 2019: Day 2, Part 2 – Puerto Progreso

After a lovely lunch at El Flamingo, parents and students enjoyed an afternoon at Puerto Progreso, a port city about a 40 minute drive from Merida. The waves were strong but the kids had a blast splashing in the ocean!          

March 9, 2019

Capstone 2019: Day 2, Part 1 – Uniforms and Corchito

A day full of adventure! This morning the students went to Escuela Modelo to pick up uniforms and take a quick peek at where they will be attending school next week!   Then it was off to Corchito, considered one of the most important ecological reserves of the coast.  This mangrove and swampland is home… View Article

March 7, 2019

Capstone 2019: Merida Arrival!

We have all safely arrived in Merida. The students are bleary-eyed  and exhausted but still very excited! Hopefully they will get some sleep tonight before our early morning adventures begin!    

March 7, 2019

Capstone 2019 has begun!

Capstone 2019 has begun! The Spanish track 5th graders arrived at the Portland airport for a very early 5am flight. We then had a 7 hour layover in Houston. Despite the lack of enthusiasm from the adults, the kids seemed to view it as just one part of the adventure! One student even commented that… View Article

March 26, 2018

Capstone 2018: Merida

TIS students visited a local public school in Merida, where they taught the local children some English words, and the local children taught TIS students Maya. After class, they were treated to a typical dance from Yucatan called Jarana. Students and parents brought many school supplies and other gifts to the school, and the principal… View Article

March 23, 2018

Capstone 2018: Celestún

Students visited the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, where they road shallow bottom boats and saw thousands of pink flamingoes. Everyone went swimming then went to the beach where they had lunch and swam in the ocean.

March 22, 2018

Capstone 2018: Chichen Itzá and Izamal

Students toured Chichen Itza and Izamal where they visited Mayaland. They saw many vendors selling souvenirs along with large crowds for the spring solstice. In Izamal, students visited the second largest Monastery in the world and took a horse drawn carriage through town.

March 21, 2018

Capstone 2018: Student Reflections – Chichen Itza

“My experience with Chichen Itza was really interesting and full of information. I loved to be able to see the ancient temples that were created by the ancient Mayans. There are a lot of interesting experiences at Chichen Itza like the temples, the ball game, all of the shops and many more I hope that… View Article

March 20, 2018

Capstone 2018: Meeting the Locals

Students toured Sotuta de Peon Hacienda, a 19th century hacienda that has been preserved and has a steam powered chimney. There is a railway network that is still functioning, where the hennequen were pulled along by mules. It’s one of the few haciendas in Yucatan where Hennequen is still produced. They were given a tour… View Article

March 16, 2018

Capstone 2018: Student Reflections Part 4

“On Sunday we went to visit a a friend of my host family. I had fun playing with Juan. The host family’s friend gave me and Juan free soda. Later we went to the woods and I played with Juan some more. On Monday we went to school. It wasn’t what I thought it would be but it… View Article