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MISSION

Our mission is to offer our students the best language instruction in the city, make language learning affordable to everyone who wants to learn, and to serve as a space that facilitates collective cultural exchange, driven by collaboration, friendship, learning, and mutual respect.


Our Vision For La Guarida

The name of our space and school is La Guarida, which means “The Hideout. We chose it in part because the space itself is only a half-block from the Zócalo (the city square), but to enter, you walk through a hallway and then climb up a flight of stairs to reach our terrace and classrooms, reminding us of a treehouse. So while it’s little hidden—making it the perfect space for our students to learn without too many distractions—it’s also just a stairway away from the beating heart of the city.

Perhaps more importantly, though, we chose the name because it conjures up the idea of a group of people coming together and making a plan to do something big or important. And we see this project as a big and important one. And it’s not just our project. We see you, our students, as co-conspirators and equal partners with us in this venture—in helping us build this cooperative into the best school it can be, in developing real cultural exchange, in spreading knowledge and mutual understanding, and in expanding the model of fair living wages and cooperative business ownership in Oaxaca.

We promise you that we will work tirelessly to fulfill our mission. From you we ask that you come to classes eager to learn, contribute and share space with everyone. We also greatly appreciate and will always welcome all of your constructive feedback so that we can continue to grow and offer the best Spanish learning options in the city.

 
 

MEET THE TEAM:

Here are our member teachers as well as some of our other collaborating teachers who work us so we can offer great Spanish and specialized thematic classes!

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MIGUEL

INTERESTS:

Dioramas, model cars & design in general, linguistics, learning new languages (including English, Japanese, German, etc.), exploring new places, spending time on Sundays at home with my family.

EXPERIENCE:

Has taught for 5 years at some of the premier languages schools in Oaxaca. Studied Language Teaching & Linguistics at the UABJO in Oaxaca.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Group & Private Spanish classes, Specialty Classes in Medicine, Slang etc.

 
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ARGELIA

INTERESTS:

Performing Arts, Contemporary dance, yoga, learning languages (English, Italian, etc.), travel, literature

EXPERIENCE:

Artist. Dancer. Stage Director. Has taught Spanish for 5 years, including at one of the premier Spanish schools in Oaxaca. Studied Language Teaching at URSE in Oaxaca. Learned Italian and studied Art History in Istituto di Lingua e Cultura Italiana “MichelAngelo”.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Group & Private Spanish classes, Specialty Classes in Literature, Art History, etc and community workshops in yoga, dance, etc.

 
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MARCO

INTERESTS:

Literature, comics, poetry, language learning, bicycling, speaking other languages, mezcal, eating pizza and hanging out with my cat.

EXPERIENCE:

Has taught for more than 5 years in premier Spanish schools in Oaxaca. Studied Language Teaching at the UABJO in Oaxaca and Philology at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Group & Private Spanish classes, Specialty Classes in Literature, Slang, etc.

 
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ADRIANA

INTERESTS:

Photography, filmmaking, animation, drawing, art & cultural curation, languages, acting & theater, teaching art, video, & theater classes to all ages, contemporary & outsider art, cooking Mexican regional cuisines, taking care of our fish, plants & dogs, and going to the beach with my family.

EXPERIENCE:

Has taught Spanish and other art workshops to Spanish students on and off for over 7 years. Studied Visual & Fine Arts, as well as languages at UABJO in Oaxaca, and has certificates in Cinematography, Art Curation, and Contemporary Art. Director of La Casa Rosa, an independent cultural space in Oaxaca.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Group & Private Spanish classes, Specialty Classes in Art, Art History, Cooking, Culture, Art Workshops in Spanish for children and adolescents etc., art connections & event programming.

 
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GOYO

INTERESTS:

Art curation, slang, cultural explorations, film, and dancing wherever and whenever possible.

EXPERIENCE:

Has taught a Slang workshop on and off for years in cultural spaces in Oaxaca, as well as led art and cultural administration for numerous spaces.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Resident Mexican Slang expert. Upper level Slang, Cursing, Idioms & Albures classes; art & event programming.

 
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CHICHIS GLAM

INTERESTS:

Art & cultural curation, performance, queer/feminist activism, drawing, dance, and hanging out with my dog and cat.

EXPERIENCE:

Has managed the Casa Studio Chichis Libres for 4 years, which holds a variety of different queer and feminist focused workshops, events, performances, and parties; performs queer cabaret show locally and throughout Mexico.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Inclusive & Queer Spanish classes & other community workshops.

 
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LORENA

INTERESTS:

Literature, feminism, poetry, cinema, arts in general, exploring Oaxaca

EXPERIENCE:

Studied Communication Sciences at Universidad La Salle and Latin-American Literature at UNAM in Mexico City. Has taught literature classes at the UABJO in Oaxaca for 5 years to Spanish language students.

CLASSES AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Specialized literature classes and workshops, particularly focused in women writers.

 
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HELENA

INTERESTS:

Bicycle touring & road trips, camping, being in the forest, history, culture, politics, learning Spanish, living on boats, strange and/or interesting jobs, places, and experiences, hanging out with my dog, Porfirio.

EXPERIENCE:

Studied history/history of science and political science with a master’s degree in Folklore. Ended up in Oaxaca to learn Spanish after a 9-month bike ride through the US & Mexico.

ROLE AT THE COOPERATIVA:

Administrative & gives advice from the students’ perspective.

 
 

Come visit us in person at the address below:

 

LA GUARIDA:
Escuela Cooperativa de Español
+ Espacio Cultural

608 Av. Hidalgo, CENTRO
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
México.