MEL seeks English-speaking hosts for language students

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Reach out to the community and help prepare the next generation of Yucatecan educators… 

Be a host for two university students studying to become English teachers!

Merida English Library will conduct a meeting for prospective students and host families on Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:00 pm.

For 3 years, the Merida English Library and UADY (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) have collaborated to provide a cultural and language experience for approximately 30 students in the second year of English teacher preparation. As native English speakers, we have the opportunity to enrich our own lives while helping UADY students prepare to be English teachers. These young people are often the first in the their families to attend a university.  They generally attend school all day from Monday through Friday and live at home with their families.

The continued success of our collaboration UADY/MEL One World/Two Languages depends on the English language community hosting students.

We are inviting you to host 2 students. Host(s) and students speak English together while sharing each other’s cultures. Students have Saturdays free to spend time with English speakers but other mutually agreed upon times can be arranged.

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Because the students and hosts have busy lives, flexibility is built into the program.  The students need 20 contact hours between December and May with their host family.  The 20 hours can be arranged in many different ways.  For example, two students could come to your house early on a Saturday, go shopping with you, cook lunch with you, visit friends with you, go to a museum, go to an English language movie, watch football with you, play cards with you… the choices are yours and the students’.  The students have 4 months (December-May) in which to fulfill the 20 contact hours. The students are responsible for getting to and from your home or designated meeting place. The students keep a journal with reflections on language and culture.

The UADY students will have signed permission slips from their family.  Prior to starting the 20 contact hours, there will be a meeting at MEL with a UADY representative who will be able to answer any questions and who will serve as a direct contact for families and students should any questions or concerns arise at any time.

This is a great opportunity to help in our community.  It is also a great opportunity for you to have meaningful contact with young people in the community.

Please consider spending time helping a student who will in turn help others. If you have any questions, please contact Martha Lindley ( or Deborah Thompson (

Contact Martha Lindley or Deborah Thompson to become a host:

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