intelli.tours Academic selected Oaxaca as our primary destination for our educational journeys because of the city’s wealth of history, art, culture, gastronomy, learning and educational opportunities.
From it’s long pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial history, rich cultural traditions, culinary renown, artistic expression, linguistic diversity, intact indigenous cultures, architectural treasures, and a vibe that is just unparalleled — Oaxaca is indeed the perfect place to learn!
We are teachers. We plan each day as the perfect student-centered lesson plan with the goal of igniting intellectual curiosity, learning, and great conversations.
Each day begins with essential questions for students to consider as we progress though our discoveries and explorations.
We revisit these essential questions at meals to more completely put together the cultural and historical puzzle we are discovering.
We include activities and events to connect students with the people of Oaxaca.
With Oaxaca as the classroom, students become a part of a real-life experience of learning, exploration, and discovery.
Best of all, with their experiences in Oaxaca and what they’ve learned previously in the classroom and in our pre-departure learning modules, students make new connections and better understand their place in history and in the world.
Discover below how we make every day on an intelli.tours Academic journey to Oaxaca the quintessential learning experience and create lifetime learners and global citizens who change the world:
intelli.tours Academic knows that a broad understanding of history better prepares us for success in the present and provides a foundation for building a better future. We also know that, with a twist on the common saying: You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from!
As Oaxaca is an important location in North American and human history, we explore:
We focus on these essential questions:
intelli.tours Academic knows that culture describes a certain set of customs, ideas, and social behaviors of people in a society. We also know that one’s personal culture is an important component of one’s individual identity.
As Oaxaca is a repository of multiple cultures, we focus our journeys on these important cultural components:
We also focus on these essential questions relative to culture:
intelli.tours Academic knows that art is the most important expression of individualism, culture, and perception of events and one’s place is history. We also know that artistic expression is a window on cultural and historical understanding.
As Oaxaca and its people are intensely artistic, we incorporate the full range of the region’s artistic expression, including:
We also focus on these essential questions relative to the arts:
intelli.tours Academic knows that architecture reflects and influences culture from personal expression to cultural expression to national expression. We also know that what we build is a lasting record of influence, power, and position often overpowering historical and cultural identity.
Oaxaca is a wealth of pre-Hispanic, Spanish Colonial, and modern architectural expression and we focus on these essential questions relative to architecture:
intelli.tours Academic knows that food is culture and that it tells the story of a people, their history, their geographic location, their territorial expansion, and conquests. We also that food is an important expression of individual culture.
As Oaxaca is known as Mexico’s gastronomic capital and renowned for its fusion of pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial cuisines turned contemporary, our journeys focus on food and include:
In addition to enjoying delectable food, we focus on these essential questions relative to food and cuisine:
intelli.tours Academic was founded by a credentialed Spanish teacher. We take great pride in incorporating speaking and listening in Spanish throughout our journeys to Oaxaca.
We ask everyone who registers for a journey — teachers and students — if they wish to incorporate a focus on Spanish in their journey experience. Based on this information we develop language opportunities for students and teachers during our 8-day journeys to Oaxaca.
For all travelers on our journeys we incorporate the following language learning practices:
Over 16 indigenous languages are spoken in Oaxaca with Spanish as the lingua franca. In this rich linguistic environment we focus on these essential questions relative to language:
For those who wish to brush up on or learn some Spanish for the journey, we suggest the free online service Duolingo.
A few pointers for using Duolingo:
intelli.tours Academic incorporates an evening of dialogue and discourse between travelers and their Mexico contemporaries. For this event, we invite 10 local Oaxacan students to join us for dinner, and later we return to the hotel for dessert and dialogue.
Our goals for this event are that all participants will:
intelli.tours Academic incorporates an evening of dialogue and discourse between travelers and their Mexico contemporaries.
For this event, we invite 10 local Oaxacan students to join us for dinner, and later we return to the hotel for dessert and conversation.
Our goals for this event are that all participants will:
This cultural connections event will take the form of a Socratic seminar. This is a formal discussion in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Students listen closely to the others’ comments, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and responses to the thoughts of others.
We’ll provide information in advance of departure for students to consider and work together before the event to home in on their ideas and questions.
Most importantly, we’ll provide a framework for communication for Socratic discussion to ensure the comfortable participation of all involved.
intelli.tours Academic journeys are excellent real-world experiences for students.
On our journeys students gain the following real-world skills: