Cemanahuac is located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, 60 miles south of Mexico City. We recommend you fly into the Mexico City Airport and then take a bus to Cuernavaca or arrange to have us pick you up.
It is easy to get around in Cuernavaca, with many convenient forms of transportation.
Cuernavaca is a friendly and lively city with people going to work and to school, meeting friends in the center for coffee, and shopping into the evening hours. It is very safe, with common crime low and drug violence only affecting the few who are involved in the drug trade. People are very friendly and willing to give directions or make suggestions of sites you should see. Tourist police patrol on bicycles, answering questions you may have.
Like in any city, students should use common sense when traveling around. The school provides a safety orientation to advise students of best practices for travel and getting around in Cuernavaca.
School staff are reachable by phone 24 hours a day. If you are in Mexico call 777-318-6407. From outside of Mexico call +52-777-318-6407.
Charlie Goff is a tour leader, educator, storyteller, simultaneous translator, and interpreter of Mexican life and culture. He leads most of the field study tours, teaches classes on current events and Mesoamerican history, and orients students about what to expect in Mexico and how to get the most out of their visit. He is an expert on Mesoamerican history and archeology as well as a deep fount of knowledge about all things Mexican.
Charlie was born in Barranquilla, Colombia where his parents were administrators of a Presbyterian school. He received a B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge, and has studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the State University of New York, and California State University, Sacramento. He has lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico since 1972, and is one of the founders of Cemanahuac.
In addition to his role at the school, Charlie is a board member of the Don Sergio Mendez Arceo Foundation, a human rights organization. He is a member of the board of VAMOS!, A.C., which offers educational services to the poor of the state of Morelos. Charlie is a also a member of the Frente Civico, a group that participates in many environmental issues in the state of Morelos.
Charlie has a weekly column, called Charlie’s Digs, in The News, Mexico’s English language newspaper. In Charlie’s Digs he writes about the interesting customs, places, and people he has encountered in Mexico.
Harriet Goff Guerrero takes care of registration, host family arrangements, special needs that students may have, and the scheduling of programs and activities. She has long and abiding relationships with the Mexican host families and ensures homestays go smoothly. She works with colleges, school districts, and employers and provides the needed transcripts so that students get proper credit for their time at Cemanahuac. Harriet was born in Riverside, California and is a 4th generation Californian. She moved to Colombia when she was three and lived in Medellin and Barranquilla. She attended high school at Northfield Mt. Hermon in Massachusetts and received a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA, which included studies at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Harriet has lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico since 1970, and is one of the founders of Cemanahuac.
Harriet is a member of and has served on the local and national board of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators. She is also a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She is a founding member and past president of the
Asociación de Institutos para la Enseñanza del Español en Cuernavaca (AIPEC) and the Asociación Mexicana de Institutos de Español, México Sí.
Francisco Guerrero is a founder of Cemanahuac and teaches culture and history. Paco grew up in Mexico City in a family of artists and intellectuals. His father was a famous painter, his mother was first a ballet dancer, then became an expert in oriental philosophy. His uncle, Octavio Paz, was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize. His aunt Elena Garro is considered one of the best Latin American novelists of the 20th century. Another aunt – Amalia Hernández – founded the world reknown Ballet Folklórico de México, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. He is an expert in the study of traditional medicine and indigenous cultures in the state of Oaxaca, where he led a research program for the U.N. He was a founding member of the Commission of Human Rights in the state of Morelos, Mexico and also a founding member of the La Jornada newspaper in Mexico City.
Dalel Cortés is director of the Spanish language program. She supervises instruction, coordinates the curriculum and manages student academic issues. She has over 20 years of teaching experience, holds a certificate for Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language and has extensive professional development and participation in short courses and workshops. Dalel is active in professional organizations, such as ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), AIPEC (Asociación de Institutos para la Enseñanza del Español en Cuernavaca) and México Sí (Asociación Mexicana de Institutos de Español). She holds a certificate in ‘Educación y Habilidades Docentes’ from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Ms. Cortés is an adjunct professor at Kent State University. She is a co-author of Action Spanish for Law Enforcement, published in 2001 by Prentice Hall.
Vivian Harvey is Educational Programs Coordinator. She works with college faculty members across the United States and Canada to establish cooperative academic programs with Cemanahuac for both graduate and undergraduate credit. She also works with all special travel programs and plans the itineraries and handles the preliminary logistics for the groups. Vivian will be glad to help you plan a group program catered to specific needs.
She holds a BA in Education from the University of Michigan, an MA in Early Childhood Education from Ohio State University, and an MS in Family Studies from Ohio State University. Vivian was Assistant Dean in the College of Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.
Kathi Derby is an admissions representative and assists groups developing custom travel programs with Cemanahuac. Kathi has worked in education for over twenty years and concurrently works as a web designer/developer and staff writer/editor for Information Technology at the University of New Hampshire.