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Local woman leads study trip to Mexico

With an internationally recognized culture, Mexico remains one of the most enticing tourist destinations for Americans. Just ask North Central resident Virginia Ramos Foster, Ph.D., who will lead the 27th-annual “Learn, Live and Love” Spanish Study Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2014.

Foster is a professor emeritus at Phoenix College and is resident director of the Spanish Study Program, which will take place June 13-28. The program is open to all students and members of the Phoenix Metro community.

Students study at the Universidad Internacional Center of Multicultural Studies, where they are immersed in the study of Spanish language and culture. Students are not only taught by Mexican university professors, they also live with pre-screened Mexican families.

Classes are held daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and students study intensive Spanish conversation three hours a day in small classes with five students and one professor. The rest of the program includes classes on Latin America and workshops on different subjects such as music, art, dance, literature and history.

Cost of the trip, which includes registration, room, board and tuition, ranges from $785 to $860 per person. Not included are transportation, books and spending money. Students fly on their own to Mexico City and then take a bus to Cuernavaca.

Families with children are welcome to participate. Alternative dates for study can be arranged. For more information, contact Foster at vrfvrf@gmail.com or 602-254-9620.

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