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Want to teach a course in a new adult education program?

By Jo Sanders and L. Luba

San Miguel de Allende is about to become the home of a new educational program for adults, the Lifelong Learning Program, which will connect residents and visitors who are interested in taking courses with residents and visitors who want to teach them.   As a community we are fortunate in attracting many accomplished people who would be interested in being instructors as well as students.

The program will have its tryout in October 2012 at Café Contento on Hernández Macías 72, opposite Bellas Artes.

The courses will be short-term, low-cost, no-credit, and academically and intellectually oriented — simply for the pleasure and challenge of teaching and learning.

The nonprofit Lifelong Learning Program will fill a void in the cultural life of San Miguel.  While there are ample opportunities here for taking courses in languages, art, and health-related topics, and while there are many individual lectures offered on other topics, there are no sustained, academically oriented, college-type courses.  Our hope is that the program will become a treasure for the intellectually curious.

When the program is fully established, a course will consist of three to twelve 80-minute class sessions, with tuition at 75 pesos per class session to cover costs.  Courses will be proposed by instructors in any area in the humanities, social sciences, or physical and life sciences — current or historical, theoretical or applied, a broad overview or narrowly focused.   How-to or hobby-related courses would not be appropriate for this program.

In the October pilot of the Lifelong Learning Program, we will be testing out a number of variables:  class frequency patterns, instructor and course selection procedures, publicity methods for potential instructors and students, and administration and evaluation procedures. 

We will be able to offer two or three courses in October, from three to eight class sessions.

If you have expertise gained either formally or informally and are interested in teaching a course, please contact Jo Sanders at or 152-2881 at your earliest convenience for application guidelines.  Once instructors and courses have been selected, we will announce their availability to the communi

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