San Miguel de Allende Now Has an Adult Education Program

By Jo Sanders and L. Luba

The Lifelong Learning Program had a successful first run in October and will now be a new permanent program at the Instituto Allende, an addition to its programs in art and language. Lifelong Learning Program courses will be offered at the Instituto in three terms: February-March, July-August, and October-November. Like many large cities and college towns north of the border, San Miguel will finally have its own adult education program. We are now seeking instructors for the February-March term.

What differentiates the Lifelong Learning Program from others in San Miguel is that this program consists of non-credit academically oriented courses, for the purpose of intellectual stimulation. Courses have from three to eight interactive classes, not single lectures, and they are courses one might expect to see offered by a good college. How-to, hobby, health, language, and art courses are available elsewhere and thus not included in the Lifelong Learning Program.

The dates of the next term are February 11–March 29. Instructors and program staff are volunteers in order to keep the student tuition fees low. If you have expertise in any subject in the social sciences, physical sciences, or humanities, no matter how your expertise was gained, and you would like a wonderful challenge in your life by teaching it to others, we would like to hear from you. Note: the deadline for course proposals is December 22. Please contact Jo Sanders at or 152-2881 for more information.

Comments from the October instructors on their experience:

“Teaching a class in the Lifelong Learning Program in San Miguel was an extremely gratifying experience for me, now in my fifth year of retirement. I selected a subject that I know well, and I especially enjoyed preparing to teach it. My twenty-four students were all interested and supportive. They learned a lot, and I learned that being in front of a classroom can be fun. We have a lot of people in San Miguel who should be willing to share their knowledge or skills with others in this type of program.”

Gerie Bledsoe, The Conquest of Mexico, 2012

“Having taught for many years at the university level I was comfortable with the prospect of teaching a short course to adults in San Miguel. It was great fun to work with people from diverse backgrounds who have a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Since I enjoy the craft of teaching, I welcomed the opportunity to adjust my technique to suit a mature and sophisticated audience.”

Don Hanlon, The Principles of Composition in Architecture, 2012


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