STUDY ABROAD IN MEXICO
About This Program
Situated just off the coast of Mexico’s storied Mayan Riviera lies the island of Cozumel, a Caribbean ecological paradise offering a remarkable diversity of ocean life, beautiful beaches, mangrove forests, and Mayan ruins to explore.
First settled by the Maya as a sacred place of the moon goddess Ix Chel, Cozumel is a short ferry ride from Cancun and Playa del Carmen and offers abundant opportunities to enjoy swimming, tennis, volleyball, and runs along the beach in the Caribbean sunshine, all while studying poolside under beach umbrellas.
Take a break from studying and spend a half day taking care of furry friends at one of our community partners—and earn your high school Community service hours for participating! All students will cuddle, feed, brush and care for the island’s strays at a local animal shelter.
Step away from the sandy shores and explore the town of San Miguel for a taste of Cozumel’s culture, with its quirky shops, a theatre, and an entertaining history museum. Rejuvenate with yoga sessions, learn Spanish, practise your footwork with salsa lessons, and head offshore for a sunset cruise on a catamaran.
Optional excursions abound, with the opportunity to experience the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ocean lovers will jump at the chance to scuba dive on a taster dive or a PADI certification course, and swim with whale sharks, a perfect way to cap off your time in this Mexican paradise.
SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: When purchasing sunscreen, look for biodegradable creams and avoiding products that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can effect Cozumel’s underwater ecosystem. Only students aged 15-19 are eligible for this study abroad program.
July 23rd – August 13th, 2020
Cozumel ▸ 21 days
*All dates are subject to change.
Activities included in your program
▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities
▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to Travel Journal
▸ Access to Vidigami photo sharing
▸ And much more!
* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
WHERE WE STAY
Cozumel: Casa del Mar
Dear Future Student
I hope you are excited because you are about to experience an amazing three weeks! You are going to make friends that you will always keep in touch with and memories that will last a lifetime. Try as many restaurants as you can, wear sunscreen and spend as much time in the ocean as you possibly can. Have fun!
HOW WE GET THERE
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by July 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
Are you making your own flight arrangements?
Students who make their own flight arrangements for this program can be met individually by Blyth Academy staff at the Cozumel International Airport (CZM) and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.
The following are examples of optional excursion our students participated in last summer. Excursions and prices are subject to change. Please check back in April 2020 for a final list and your chance to register!
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$600|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,790|
|CANCELLATION PROTECTION & MEDICAL INSURANCE (OPTIONAL)|
|Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.||$225|
|Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.||$90|
|Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*||$305|
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***
*Medical insurance is available to Canadian residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $600 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.
***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.