I just finished a wonderful two weeks at the ASLI, where the experience was facilitated by a promptly responsive administration and a kind, caring and dedicated faculty. Co-directors Paco and Maru did everything within their power to ensure that all students were receiving (and happy with) the proper level of instruction. The profesoras (all women) were highly knowledgeable, articulated Spanish beautifully, and displayed a sincere desire to impart their knowledge to the students. Located in a handsome, well maintained, and comfortable building on a quiet residential street, the school was close enough to the Centro to get there quickly and easily by cab (around 30 pesos) or bus but far enough removed to be away from the noise and intensity of downtown. Classes ran from 9:00 to 3:00 with two fifteen minute breaks and a half hour at midday, so there was plenty of time for instruction. I did a homestay and would highly recommend that approach as a way to extend the day's education, get a window into Mexican culture, and meet and bond with a host family. Everything about my experience was extremely positive: the easy connection from the D.F. airport by Pullman Morelos bus (it leaves directly from the airport and arrives at a central Cuernavaca location in about an hour and a half), the quality of the teaching, the fellow students, my visits to the chief local cultural attractions (don't miss the Rivera mural, the Siqueiros taller and the Robert Brady casa-museo), the ease and accessibility of inexpensive transit, the homestay, the warm family, and the excellent and copious meals that I was served. I would sum up my experience in the same phrase used by one of the profesoras each morning in responding to an inquiry as to how she was doing: "Muy bien, super muy bien!" Super muy bien says it all for the ASLI.
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