Please note, this page is here to illustrate the kind of information and activities that we do with school-related groups. This trip already happened in February 2019 even though some of the text is forward-looking.
Here’s Everything You Need To Know (Registration too)
Thanks to all the kids and parents who attended one of two recent information sessions. This page has been updated with additional information to help answer questions, more stuff to know, and how to register.
“Is this trip a Go?!” [Yes! We went!]
We are optimistic based on early responses that we could have the minimum number of participants to make this trip a “go”. In order to secure your child’s spot on the trip, we do need to have a registration form and $500 check deposit. Note – no checks will be cashed until after the minimum group size is established and an official “go” is decided.
“I missed the information session. Can my child still go?”
If there is room – absolutely. Please read through this entire page which has been updated. We are happy to chat in person or over the phone to address questions. For questions email Kymber.
“We want in! How do we register?”
To secure your child’s place on the trip, please fill out the following registration form and send in a $500 deposit. You can mail or drop it to us at 1416 N. 49th St. Seattle, WA 98103. The form can be printed or filled in electronically using Adobe Acrobat and returned via snail mail, scanned, or emailed. Here is a link to the Registration form:
If you have any questions about registration or want to let us know when it’s on its way, please email Kymber.
Who: 16 Hamilton Spanish-Enthusiast Students
Trip Leads: Jay and Kymber Waltmunson plus local Mexican guides for activities
When: February 16 to February 23, 2019
Where: Teotitlán del Valle & Oaxaca City, MEXICO
Cost: $1595 per person (plus positive teacher reference)
Apply here: Complete and return (electronically works) the Registration form with your deposit.
- See the trip flier for a day by day narrative: Hawks in Oaxaca Mid-Winter Break Flier
- See the itinerary slide show from the Informational night: Itinerary Slide Show
Stuff to Know
Here are some details that we discussed at the information session. Please reach out to us for any clarifications or if you have other questions.
- Oaxaca’s weather is beautiful in February, 84F and 0 days of rain on average.
- Boys and girls will be in separate rooms, there will be no adults in kids’ rooms.
- We’ll be packing light – kids will become efficient travelers! Each kid’s stuff will go into a backpack for the overhead bin (35L or less).
- Tons of opportunities to speak Spanish, for snacks and breakfasts, we’ll give your child money to buy (and interact) with vendors for what they want.
- Cost of the trip includes tips for local guides and $60 spending money. Please don’t send your child with any money.
- We ask that kids don’t bring any food. We’ll be buying all food for kids.
- Yes there are hot showers both at the farm and at the house in Oaxaca city.
- Lots of animals, hopefully your traveler likes baby goats, bulls, chickens, miniature deer, and friendly dogs at the farm.
- Several hands-on art activities including weaving and alebrijes-making.
- We’ll have a list of challenges for the kids to help them have fun, connect with locals, and practice Spanish (e.g., sing to a stranger, eat 5 kinds of mole, etc…).
- Each day after dinner we’ll be doing a group huddle to process and discuss the day and see where they are with challenges.
- We’ll set expectations before going and getting started with each activity so everyone knows the boundaries.
- Kymber and Jay have First Aid / Wilderness First Aid / CPR up to date and have lots of experience leading teens on adventure trips.
- Experienced local guides will assist us for all activities.
- All of our transportation is with professional registered companies, licensed local drivers, and vehicles with seat belts (which the kids will be required to wear).
- Safety plan discussion with kids and giving each kid a “I’m Lost” pocket card with local phone # emergency contacts.
- Jay and Kymber will be in cell-phone reach at all times (with the exception of the day we are in the mountains).
- Just in case, we are familiar with two local private hospitals recommended by Oaxacan contacts:
- Clínica del Carmen. Calle Abasolo 215. Located southeast of Santo Domingo, a half-block east of Reforma and north of Independencia. To call from the US: 011 52 (951) 516-2612
- Hospital Reforma. Calle Reforma 613, Ruta Independencia. Located just a block north and east of Santo Domingo. Phone: To call from the US: 011 52 (951) 516-0989
- Testimonials from students and parents
- Who we are – Blog posts on traveling with Kids
- Also, have your child talk to Hamilton students Mia C. and Beija W. who have been on our trips.
Photos from Previous Trips
See just how amazing the activities, people, and region are from photos of our previous trips to Oaxaca:
- Dixza Rugs. Samuel, who owns the farm with his family where we’ll be staying, talks about his family and Zapotec weaving. Note, at 3:00 min you can see a view of the surrounding mountains and region.
- The Weaver. An emotional description from Samuel about the Zapotec weaving tradition. Note, at 30 seconds in there’s a great view of Teotitlán del Valle.
“Where can I find out more about other camps?”
- Family Camp New Years in Oaxaca. Experienced Oaxacan culture, art workshops, amazing food, and more. Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
2019 Summer Camps
- Street Photography w/Oaxacan Teens. New friends, immersive Spanish, photo skills, food, and adventure. August 3-10