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Frequently Asked Questions About Fifty Plus Nomad’s Spanish, English, Living and Traveling in Mexico, and Traveling Long-Term, Round-the-World On Any Budget Courses and Workshops

What are Fifty Plus Nomad’s Courses and Workshops?

Unlike many people, I achieved my greatest dream. Even as a kid, I dreamed of dedicating my life to living in Mexico and long-term, round-the-world travel.

Now, I’ve done it. I have lived in Mexico for four years, plus two years in Canada and a year and a half in Russia. I have also spent eight years visiting 85 countries and traveling worldwide as a student, volunteer, teacher, and long-term traveler.

I developed Fifty Plus Nomad courses and workshops to inspire others to follow in my footsteps.

During these courses and workshops, I will share everything I wish I had known and everything I think you should know before traveling around the world, studying Spanish and English, and living and traveling in Mexico.(Spanish classes will be supplemented by classes taught by native Spanish speakers).

When Do the Courses and Workshops Take Place?

All intensive One-on-One Personalized Spanish courses and the Teach Yourself English and Spanish workshops are only available to individual students. I don’t believe that group classes work well in most cases for students over 50.

Most group courses usually have students with many different levels in the same class. In addition, some students are faster than others, and each student has different needs. As a result, sometimes students are stuck studying something they already mastered while another student struggles or the class moves forward before the student gets much out of the lesson.

Since courses and workshops are all 1-on-1, we can schedule classes around your personal schedule, subject to availability.

Classes are available from 7 am to 9 pm everyday.

It is generally better to schedule class sessions as consecutively as possible. For example, if you decide to take 200 hours of classes, you’ll have slightly better results if you take 2 hours a day of classes for 100 days than if you take 2 hours a week for 100 weeks. If you don’t take classes consecutively, we will have to review previous lessons more.

However, how often you schedule the courses is not as important as developing a schedule that ensures that you can continue to take classes consistently until you meet your goals,

I offer group workshops (limited to 3 students) only to students in the following Survival Spanish for Expats and Travelers Workshops. Since these workshops have a common goal and curriculum, I can ensure that students meet their needs even if they have different skill levels at the start of their classes.

Where Do the Courses and Workshops Take Place?

Courses and workshops are available online or in person.

Ideally, it is best to come to Merida to take these courses in-person and stay at the Casa Los Dos Gallos in Merida, Mexico. That way, you can concentrate on the lessons without distractions, and I can arrange for you to meet with locals to practice your Spanish and to visit fellow expats to share advice and friendship.

However, I know that studying in Merida may not be possible. That’s why I offer classes online.

You may want to take classes as frequently as possible online and then take an intensive language course with me when you are in Merida (or vice-versa).

If you want to take both online and in-person classes, I recommend that you take the online classes before coming to Merida. If you have at least 50 hours under your belt before you come to Merida, we will be able to integrate visits to local places and talks with locals to allow you to practice in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Costs of Fifty Plus Nomad’s Courses and Workshops

Fifty Plus Nomad offers the following packages:

  • Our Spanish Survival for Travelers (30 hours), “Travel Long-Term, Round the World” (20 hours) workshops, and our Yucatan Experiences package
    • $ US 750; CAD $1,000; or 15,000 MXN pesos.
  • Survival Spanish for Expats (60 hours), Living and Traveling in Mexico Workshops (10-20 hours), and our Yucatan Experiences package for
    • $ US 1200; CAD $1,550; or 24,000 MXN pesos.
  • Our Intensive One-on-One Personalized Spanish Course (100-hour minimum), our Living and Traveling in Mexico, our Traveling Long-Term, Round-the-World On Any Budget workshop, and our Yucatecan Experience package
    • $US 1500; $CAD 1950; or 30,000 MXN pesos. ($ US 2250 for 200 hours; $3000 for 300 hours. After the first 100 hours, each additional class costs only $ US 7.50, $ CAD 9.75; or 150 pesos per hour).
  • The Yucatan Experience Package (Rustic Yucatecan Home-Cooked Meal and Introduction to Yucatecan Society Workshop together):
    • $US 45: $CAD 57.50; 900 MXN pesos.

Here are the costs of our courses, workshops, and experiences if they are not taken as part of a package:

  • Traveling Long-Term, Round the World on Any Budget (20 hours):
    • $US 500; $CAD 650: 10,000 MXN pesos.
  • Living and Traveling in Mexico Workshops (10-20 hours each):
    • $US 250-500; $CAD 325-650; 5,000-10,000 MXN pesos each (up to 3 people)
  • Rustic Yucatecan Home-Cooked Meal (1-3 hours):
    • $US 30; $CAD 42; 600 MXN pesos per person
  • Introduction to Yucatecan Society Workshop (3 hours):
    • $US 30; CAD $42; 600 MXN pesos for up to 3 people
  • Intensive One-on-One Personalized Spanish Course (100 hours):
    • $US 1500; $CAD 1950; 30,000 MXN pesos. (plus $US 7.50; CAD $ 9.75; 1500 MXN pesos each additional hour)
  • Survival Spanish for Expats (60 hours):
    • $US 1200; $CAD 1560; 24,000 MXN pesos for up to 3 people
  • Survival Spanish for Travelers (30 hours):
    • $US 750; $CAD 975; 15,000 MXN pesos for up to 3 people
  • Teach Yourself Spanish One-on-One Workshop (30 hours):
    • $US 750; $CAD 975; 15,000 MXN pesos.

If you take our Intensive Spanish or shorter-term workshops either online or in person, I will also include the following:

If you take the courses or workshops in person, you will also receive:

What Will We Discuss During Our Free Introductory Session?

After completing this booking form, you’ll be directed to a calendar to schedule a 2-hour FREE introductory session with me (Paul Heller). The Introductory Session is designed to ensure the courses and workshops meet your needs, help design the curriculum, let you experience a sample class (for potential students in our Intensive course students) schedule the workshop or course dates, and, if appropriate, schedule your stay in the casita.

I want to set aside 2-hours to ensure that everything is addressed during the meeting. However, 2 hours is the maximum time commitment. It may be possible to resolve everything in much less time.

We offer most potential workshop and course participants a free introductory class and consulting session up to 2 hours long to help:

  • Ensure that courses and workshops are right for you.
  • Allow you to experience a sample class.
  • Let us get to know each other and explore your dreams and goals together.
  • Schedule the courses and workshop
  • Fifty-Plus Nomad design the perfect course or workshop for you.

Following the call, you will receive a 50% deposit payment link if you decide to take the course or workshop. Pay Pal or Credit Card can pay the deposit. The rest of the payment (payable in cash, PayPal, or credit card) will be due when the class begins.

What Courses and Workshops Do Fifty Plus Nomad Offer?

Fifty Plus Nomad’s Intensive One-on-One Spanish and English Courses and Shorter-Term Spanish and English Workshops

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.
Flora Lewis

Fifty Plus Nomad offers Spanish or English courses designed for students who have not succeeded after taking classes elsewhere.

We recommend most students sign up for Fifty Plus Nomad’s Intensive one-on-one Spanish personalized course. Our Intensive Spanish Course uses our Exclusive Polyglot Method to ensure that our students will learn sufficient Spanish to function comfortably in most daily situations.

The Intensive Spanish course is only available for 100+ hours of instruction. Typically, you will only begin to see notable improvements in your conversational ability after 100 hours of studies. If you can take 300 or more hours of Intensive one-on-one Spanish classes, you will be able to communicate about almost any topic you need.

That said, we realize that 100 hours of personalized instruction is not possible or best for every student. Therefore, we offer three shorter-term Spanish workshops: Teach Yourself Spanish (30 hours, best for students with some basic Spanish conversation skills), Survival Spanish for Expats (60 hours), and Survival Spanish for Long-Term Travelers (30 hours).

Travel and Living Abroad Workshops

Fifty Plus Nomad offers our 10 to 20-hour “Living and Traveling in Mexico” workshop to help you adjust and set up your new life in Mexico, find the perfect place to settle down, and travel more efficiently and enjoyably. We also offer our 20-hour “Traveling Long-Term, Round-the-World on Any Budget” Workshop to ensure that your dream adventure meets and exceeds your expectations.

Either the “Living and Traveling in Mexico” or the “Traveling Long-Term, Round-the-World on Any budget” Workshops are available for free if you sign up for any of Fifty Plus Nomad’s Spanish courses or workshops,

Yucatan Experiences

We also offer short Yucatan experiences to give you a small taste of this wonderful region. These experiences include our “Rustic Yucatecan Home-Cooked Meal” (1-3 hours) and our “Introduction to Yucatecan Society Workshop” (3 hours).

The Yucatecan Experiences are FREE with all Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Courses and Workshops.

You can also just enjoy our “Rustic Yucatecan Home-Cooked Meal” or our “Introduction to Yucatecan Society” Workshop” Experiences for $US 30 each ($CAD 39; 600 MXN pesos).

You can take both experiences together for $45 (CAD $60, 900 MXN pesos).

If you’d like to sign up or discuss the Yucatan Experiences, contact Fifty-Plus Nomad by phone (011-52, outside Mexico) and (999) 611-0154 or (999) 388-8821 (WhatsApp or cell phone) or via our Contact Form.

Intensive English 1-on-1 Courses

Fifty Plus Nomad also offers Intensive 1-on-1 English Courses.

If you’d like to sign up or discuss our Intensive English Courses, contact Fifty-Plus Nomad by phone (011-52, outside Mexico) and (999) 611-0154 or (999) 388-8821 (WhatsApp or cell phone) or via our Contact Form.

Accommodations

I can also provide accommodations in the casita, Casita Lobita, in the back of the house. Students in our Intensive Course can also stay with a local family (homestay) for a modest, discounted additional cost.

Staying in the casita and/or with a host family is highly recommended to allow you to practice the Spanish you learn in the class in real-life situations and remember what you’ve learned faster.

Beginning students are encouraged to spend one month in the casita (or Airbnb or hotel) and the rest of the class with a local family as part of a homestay.

Casita

The casita, Casita Lobita, is available at a 33% discount to Fifty Plus Nomad Students. The casita is at the back of my house, Casa Los Dos Gallos. It has air conditioning, a small kitchenette (refrigerator and microwave), a TV with Netflix, dependable WiFi, and a small bathroom. Casita guests also have access to an outside patio, a washer and dryer, and a fully stocked kitchen. I also rent the casita through Airbnb, so it may not be available during your stay.

Homestay

Homestays are available and recommended for students with some Spanish under their belt who want to use Fifty Plus Nomad’s Intensive Course to function well in most situations in Spanish.

I recommend that you wait until you have some Spanish under your belt before studying with a family. (English students will be placed in the home of local expat English-speaking families, subject to availability).

Homestay accommodation may be quite modest. You are guaranteed to have your own bedroom but may not have your own bathroom. Most likely, you will not have air conditioning either.

One meal per day is included with the homestay. You will be provided with information about your homestay arrangements upon placement. Homestays are subject to availability.

Cost of Homestays and Casita

The cost of staying with a host family and casita are the same. The cost of staying with a host family and casita is the same: $100 per week for four weeks and $80 per week for each additional week.

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