OAXACA, MEXICO

OAXACA, MEXICO

QUICK FACTS

DATES + DETAILS

  • Four weeks: May 12- June 9, 2024
  • Two weeks: June 16 – 30, 2024
  • Standard Package: four days per week, 9:30 – 3:00
  • Participants must be aged 7-16 when hub launches
  • Spanish tutoring may be added on
  • Field Trips to signficant cutural sites may be added on

FEES

  • $1,650: Standard Package per participant, four weeks
  • $895: Standard Package per participant, two weeks
  • 10% discount for child three or more
  • $28/hour: Optional one-on-one Spanish tutoring (4, 6, or 8 hours weekly)
  • Optional full-day Friday Field Trips. Varies based on location

ABOUT OAXACA

With 16 indigenous groups and hundreds of subgroups, Oaxaca welcomes worldschooling hub participants to the most diverse state in Mexico. Ruins of pre-Columbian cultures thousands of years old dot the landscape with the majestic former capital of the Zapotec Empire minutes from downtown. Descendants of these groups share their customs through printmaking, weaving, and culinary traditions, and as travelers walk the streets, they hear dozens of languages. Nightly, residents convene on public squares where they snack on elote (corn on the cob with various toppings) or marquesitas (thin, filled crepes) while dancing or laughing with family and friends. Join us as we explore this fascinating region together!

DETAILED ACTIVITIES

Deliberate Detour participants dive right in, spending time immersed in this culturally-rich, vibrant region. On any given day, they may learn about the mighty Mayan and Zapotec Empires, make chocolate from cacao seeds, gaze at colonial architecture and colorful murals on neighborhood walks, dye yarn and weave on a traditional loom… and so much more. During optional Friday Field Trips, they travel farther afield, perhaps to a nearby village that specializes in Oaxacan quesillo cheese or to the former capital of the Zapotec Empire.

We combine immersive outings with quieter days at the hub space where participants play teambuilding games, relax in the reading nook, engage in a history talk with a local expert, and circle up to reflect on the day’s activities.

While participants learn, grow, and form connections, their parents are free to work in one of Oaxaca’s lovely cafes or co-working spaces. Or perhaps they embark on a guided architectural walk, organized by Deliberate Detour, or a mezcal tour in the lovely countryside outside of Oaxaca, making connections and memories all their own.

We’ve released our detailed schedule for our two and four-week programs in 2014. Read more by clicking below!

JOIN US IN OAXACA!

Whether we’re painting traditional alebrijes, hiking through pre-Columbian ruins, or messily making tortillas, let’s experience it together. Sign up today to explore this breathtaking region with Deliberate Detour in spring 2024!

SCHEDULE

Monday through Thursday

9:30 to 10:00 am

  • Drop off. Daily fresh fruit snack. Coffee and connection for parents.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Morning Circle with intention-setting, the plan for the day, or more
  • Morning activity: See activities in the next block.

12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • Vegetarian lunch. Meals reflect culture and cuisine while being kid-friendly.

1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Afternoon activity.

3:00 pm

  • Pick up.

3:00- 5:00 pm

  • One-to-one Spanish tutoring for those who opt-in.

FRIDAY FIELD TRIPS

Every Friday, our participants and their family members of any age can embark on a full-day expeditions in community. These experiences are completely optional. All Field Trips include transportation to and from a central meeting point, English-speaking guides or hosts, all tips, and all entrance and activity costs. Oaxaca’s Field Trips may include the following, though final experiences may differ from below.

Alebrije Workshop

A world-famous form of Mexican folk art, the alebrije originated just outside Oaxaca, and together we visit the birthplace of the craft. We join in the process with artisans, carving, sanding, or painting our own whimsical creatures to take home.

Monte Alban

Join us and expert guides as we wander the ancient metropolis of the Zapotec Empire, which looms above the city, situated just outside modern-day Oaxaca. Let’s marvel at pyramids, plazas, palaces, and even a ball court as we hear stories of life nearly 2,500 years ago.

Pottery Workshop

We explore a 2,500-year-old tradition in the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec as we learn about the world-reknowned barro negro. We’ll watch traditional artisans practice their craft and get in on the process ourselves as we shape or decorate a piece of our own.

Hierva Del Agua

In a valley east of Oaxaca sits the magnificent travertine rock formation of Hieva del Agua. As freshwater springs spill over cliffs, they leave behind a bright white “waterfall” of rock. Let’s explore the area and sink into mineral-rich pools together.

CHOOSE TWO OR FOUR WEEKS!

Four weeks: May 12- June 9, 2024 ENROLLMENT CLOSED

Two weeks: June 16 – 30, 2024

EDUCATION STYLE

What Are We Not? We are not a school. Our hubs do not replace traditional school. We do not incorporate reading, writing, or math, nor do we provide formal lessons in academic content. We are not able to support homeschooling needs (like helping a child log on to an online class) during hub time.

What Are We?

  • We provide opportunities to learn through experience, to make real what might only be available in books. We focus on history and culture in all of its forms: art, craft, textile, cuisine, social structures, and indigenous beliefs. We use all five senses to learn.
  • We behave like summer camp. We play, explore, create, and laugh together, and sometimes, an expert teaches us something fascinating. Our explorations focus on Oaxaca, its people, history, and culture.
  • We support personal growth by challenging children to notice and embrace difference, collaborate, develop grit, communicate and listen attentively, practice patience, and build global perspectives that include curiosity, creativity, and respect.
  • We offer some structure and some space for play. We believe that freedom to play and explore should be a part of every child’s day, and we also believe that adult-curated activities can have meaning and impact.

READY TO SIGN UP?

Join Deliberate Detour and a dozen other families for a life-changing experience in Oaxaca! Choose from a two-week or four-week program today!