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Travel/Study Excursion 2024

Deaf Education Travel/Study Trip

Saturday, June 15 – Saturday, June 22, 2024

Join Signs and Smiles on a 7-night trip in service to deaf children in Mexico. Learn about deaf education abroad and explore the historic city of San Miguel de Allende.

Preliminary Itinerary

  • Saturday, June 15 – Flight to San Miguel de Allende. Be transported from the airport via shuttle to your hotel. Snack and refreshments provided upon arrival.
  • Sunday, June 16 – Following breakfast, guests can browse local artisans’ stores or other activities in the town of San Miguel de Allende. Schedule open.
  • Monday, June 17 – After breakfast visit EEESMA (Escuela de Educación Especial San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende Special Education School), the local deaf school, for orientation and to meet students and staff. Lunch at the school.
  • Tuesday, June 18 – After breakfast attend EEESMA to support the staff and students. Lunch at the school, then spend the afternoon working with the students.
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Have a relaxing breakfast before heading to either an adventure park, pyramid hike, or hot springs. Enjoy light lunch at the site. Return to hotel late afternoon. Free evening.
  • Thursday, June 20 – Following breakfast visit EEESMA to work with students. Lunch at school.
  • Friday, June 21 – Following breakfast visit EEESMA to finish off projects with the older students. Share a specially prepared lunch at the school with teachers and students, followed by a presentation by the student choir. Evening open.
  • Saturday, June 22 – Following breakfast be transported to the airport for departure from San Miguel with many wonderful memories, fantastic photos, and stories to share when you get home.

Guest Pricing

Approximate total cost per person:

  • US$2,950 single occupancy
  • US$2,500 double occupancy

This cost will vary based on your origin and return airport.

Due dates:

  • Deposit: $1,450 to reserve your space, due April 12, 2024. Full refund if cancelled by May 10, 2024, minus a US$200 administration fee.
  • Balance: Remainder (appx. US$1,050-1,500) due on May 10, 2024.

What’s Included

  • Pre-trip LSM (Mexican Sign Language) lessons via Zoom.
  • 5 days of exchange with K-12 deaf students and their teachers at Escuela de Educación Especial San Miguel de Allende, EEESMA, the local deaf school.
  • Air transportation to and from your airport of choice in the USA.
  • Ground transportation within Mexico.
  • Visit to local attractions.
  • Single- or double-occupancy stay in a modern hotel with air conditioning and a pool.
  • Breakfast plus lunch or dinner every day.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Group donation to the EEESMA school.

Language Use

The primary languages used will be American Sign Language (ASL), Mexican Sign Language (LSM), and spoken Spanish.

  • Travelers are expected to use ASL while traveling and socializing in the group.
  • Informal interpretation will be provided from Spanish to ASL, but is not expected to be extensive.
  • We will provide 3 LSM lessons by Zoom before departure, which will be recorded for those who can’t join. Travelers are expected to use as much LSM as possible in the school setting.
A photo of the Hotel Real de Minas in San Miguel de Allende. Hotel room balconies in buildings painted in bright colors surround a large pool with hot tub. Grass and trees grow around the pool deck.

Hotel Accommodations

Guests will stay in the Hotel Real de Minas, a modern hotel with air conditioning and a pool. Rooms have ensuite bathrooms and double beds.

Are you in?

Fill out this form to get on the list. We will only have 12 spots available on this trip!

Spots are not guaranteed until a deposit is paid.

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