Welcome to Centro Internacional de Lenguas, Arte y Cultura "Paulo Freire" (CILAC Freire)

The Most Progressive Spanish and Cultural Education in Mexico

A Spanish immersion school for everyone

of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders and sexualities.

Year-round Spanish classes and Social Justice Programs

as well as programs related to other areas of interest, including:

Women’s issues

LGBTQ Life in Mexico

Workers’ rights


Health Care


We provide rigorous programs in a friendly and relaxed community atmosphere. We apply Paulo Freire’s pedagogy in our Spanish classes, which encourages students to contribute their insights and participate in critical analysis.

Our Spanish and cultural immersion programs offer:

  • Native Spanish speaking teachers from Mexico, with professional training and extensive experience.

  • Maximum 5 students per class.

  • Five hours of formal intensive classes: 3 hours of linguistic grammar and 2 hours of practice (speaking, writing and listening).

  • “Round-table” discussions every other day on different national and international social justice topics.

  • Activities related to Mexican culture, including: videos, Mexican cooking classes, folk and Latin dance classes, participation in local fiestas, plus excursions to museums, “pueblos” and pyramids . . . and more!

CILAC Freire is a small community of teachers, students and activists. Our goal is to promote dialogue between Mexico and people of other cultures. To accomplish that, we attend to the needs of every participant.

       University social justice programs

                                                                 Students from many countries and universities have received academic credit from their universities for their work at CILAC Freire, as have many teachers from their school districts. Documentation describing our methodology, texts, schedule and teaching staff can be sent to your university or school district at your request.                            


We are certified members