Frequently Asked Questions

There are flights into Puebla(Hermanos Serdán)  with American and United airlines (going through Dallas and Houston) that arrive in the evening.  There are many more flight options and times through Mexico City (Benito Juarez).  The convenience of flying into Puebla is noticeable as we can do airport pick-ups.  From Mexico City there is a very comfortable direct bus shuttle that arrives to a private bus terminal near the Puebla city center where we do pick-ups also.

The price is mostly comparable between the two cities, although more bargains can be found through Mexico City.

Once you have your tickets, send us your itinerary and we will send you detailed arrival and pick-up instructions.

Puebla is a very safe place. There is a lot of negative media attention of violence at the borders and a thousand miles from Puebla. Once you arrive to Puebla you’ll understand that there is no cause for concern. The streets are safe to walk, and the buses, and taxi services (mobile app services: Uber, Cabify, Easy Taxi) are cheap and safe to take. Crime is generally isolated to specific non-tourist areas and is not tourist related. Crime rates in Puebla are equivalent to those in cities in Europe or the USA. You can receive the most accurate information by talking to the people that have visited Puebla and from those who live there. For specific questions contact us. If you’d like references of previous students or students that live in Puebla, we will gladly provide them for you.

Acquiring a language is a natural, intuitive and subconscious process in which the learner actively participates in real language interactions gathering patterns of language and its structural uses in order to create and understand an infinite number of language combinations.  Learning on the other hand, is the formal and conscious study of grammar rules and structures, verb tables, only leaving the learner with the memorized blueprints and tools for the job, but not the ability to use them.  In the LIVIT Immersion Center language is only acquired. Click here to find out more about our method.

We have six different levels of Spanish, each with a duration of two weeks.
Everyone learns at a different pace, so this question is hard to answer specifically. We make no guarantees that these results will be the same as or similar to your individual results.  We have done our best by listing “typical” results after:

1 week: Be able to hold a conversation of the basics; exchanging personal
information; greetings; directions; descriptions; actions like eating, sleeping,
running, etc.; ordering lunch; telling a shortened version of your daily routine.

2 weeks:   Tasks such as ordering basic services, giving basic commands and
taking an ordinary phone message.  Additionally, talking and writing about your background, family, daily routine, likes, dislikes, special interests with a limited amount of vocabulary.

4 weeks:   Extended ability to understand, speak and write on a wider range of
ordinary topics with a broader vocabulary.  Everyday conversations with a native speaker are well practiced.

8 weeks: Everything is starting to fly off your tongue and your pencil often without thinking when using common sentences and expressions.  You have acquired a powerful vocabulary and can form thousands of combinations of sentences in Spanish fluently.

12 weeks:  Thorough knowledge of the interworkings of Spanish.  Ability to
dynamically communicate across a broad range of topics comfortably and fluently. Thinking about what you’ll say before you say it is highly diminished at this point as the biggest quest now is building upon your already large vocabulary.

The instructors are native Mexicans and university graduates with degrees in modern language and teaching.  They all have many years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language at all levels from beginner up to native fluency courses.  As part of our program not only are students exposed to native instructors in our small group classes (1 – 4 students), they also have the opportunity to practice directly with our native afternoon activities coordinators and the host family — all of whom have lots of experience to help you.  The practice with many different people will help you get accustomed to different accents, voice tones, expressions and speeds of native Spanish speakers.  Apart from reading and writing, one of our main goals is to help you towards mastering listening comprehension.

Yes, classes of one student with one teacher are available and may begin on most Mondays of the year.  The hours are subject to teacher availability.  Contact us for details.

We offer special programs for groups of up to 20 students.  We also offer group discounts.  A group of as few as two students may be eligible for a discount.
Please contact us for details

Definitely.  Couples and families have a great time studying together and may stay with the same host family.  When you register, be sure to describe your preferences and ideal family setting and we will cater to your requests the best we can.

Cheap Flight search tricks:
Do a search using a popular flight finder such as Kayak, orbitz.com despegar.com or
Yapta.com and look for the cheapest flight.  Then check that  airline’s site for the same flight to see if it’s cheaper to buy directly from them.  Keep in mind a travel website usually charges you a commission per ticket (whether disclosed or not).  Most airlines don’t charge a booking fee from their own sites and many times offer lower prices than through third party sites.

Another trick is to check for one-way tickets, especially on a multiple-day search.  See if there are any bargains on certain days and then check the return trip to see if it makes sense to buy two one-way tickets.  We’ve seen students’ tickets with US$360 round trip totals.  Flights from LA, SF, Chicago, Atlanta, NY and other major cities are direct and many times are cheaper.  Between US$400 and US$650 round-trip total is the norm from most parts of the USA.  Check when the peak travel times are when airlines and hotels raise prices.  Check different departure and arrival days to see which days of the week are the cheapest to fly.  Call a travel agent to confirm cheap costs.

If you live in southern California, it is cheaper to fly from Tijuana and it’s a domestic direct flight to Puebla with Volaris airlines.  Round trip is usually less than US$300.

Yes, however currently only United and American Airlines fly into Puebla from Houston and Dallas, TX.   See the question above regarding How to find cheap flights to Puebla or Mexico City.

We enjoy going to many different destinations from month to month to give returning students a fresh experience.  Places not to miss that we frequently visit are the great pyramid of Cholula, hiking trips to the nearby volcanoes and sightseeing trips to Tecali, Huejotzingo, Tlaxcala, Atlixco, Izucar de Matamoros and San Martin.  Send us any questions you have regarding the excursions.

Mexico is a safe place to travel.  Crime is generally isolated to specific non-tourist areas and is not tourist related.  Crime rates are no higher than those of Europe or the USA.  As always when travelling, informing yourself before you leave avoids unnecessary inconveniences later.  For specific questions contact us.

We are open to students of a wide range of ages.  The only requirement we have is that the student demonstrate adult maturity and a desire to learn Spanish.

It is not an acronym, LIVIT is short for “Live it”.  The best and fastest way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it or live it completely.  We chose a name that reflects that.

Yes, we offer gift certificates.  They may be arranged many different ways.  Please
contact us for details.