The cost of the ten-week program is $7,685.

The fee includes:



  • Eighty hours of intensive language instruction

  • All cultural events and activities

  • All books and materials

  • All home stays

    Including two daily meals and laundry services

  • Internship placement and supervision

  • Roundtrip transportation to the airport

  • Travel planning for weekends

    And after the program ends

  • Weekend trip to a national park.

It is important to note that, even though the schedule is flexible, the program fee is not. Should a participant decide, for example to shorten the Spanish classroom phase of the program, no refunds would be granted for the unattended portion of Spanish language training.  

Conversely, should a student choose an additional week or two of language instruction, there would be no additional charge.

Why is CIME the right choice for progressive social justice work?

Our priority is people over profits.  We pride ourselves on our ability and willingness to redistribute funds and resources to worthy grassroots projects and organizations.

Most of the money derived from payment fees to CIME is spent or re-invested LOCALLY.  The money is paid out or donated to the families who host students, to sites and projects where our students work or visit and to special community service projects and events.  

A four hundred dollar donation is made to each internship site when the student completes the internship. Students who participate in the internship program have a voice in how the donation money is allocated.

Additionally, five percent of each tuition payment is immediately donated directly to children’s rights organizations, women’s groups, community soup kitchens, and animal shelters.

A priority donation site is the Community Soup Kitchen of St. Lazaro where meals are served daily to 250 hungry kids. Upon request we would be happy to send a complete list of the organizations we currently help to support.

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