Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that we frequently get asked by students coming to the school for your perusal. This is by no means a comprehensive list but we hope that it will at least point you in the right dirrection and perhaps remind you of something that you have forgotten! If you have a specific question about something that is not listed below, don’t panic, just get in touch with us via our contact form and we will get back to you with an answer to your question in the shortest time possible.

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The Xcanda Team

Where is Xcanda located?

We are located in the main square of the neighborhood of Jalatlaco, just a ten-minute walk to the center of the city and three blocks from El Llano park, the biggest park in the city.

What day should I arrive to Oaxaca?

It is recommended that you arrive Thursday or Friday before the Monday that you begin class. This way you can get to know the school, staff members, and other students and become oriented with the city.

What do I need to bring to a home stay?

At your host house you will be provided with towels, blankets, and pillows, but students are required to bring their own toiletries. Although gifts are not required, it is a nice gesture to show your appreciation to your host family.

How can I communicate with home while in Oaxaca?

If you are choosing to not buy an international phone plan to communicate with your friends and family while in Oaxaca, there are many ways to keep in touch. Most cafes and restaurants around the city have Wifi, and are safe places to take a computer, you will just need to ask for “la clave del internet”, the Wifi password. That way, you can communicate for free via email, facebook, skype, etc. In order to contact friends in Oaxaca, you can purchase a pay-as-you-go phone from any Tel Cel distributor around the city. The phones cost about 200 pesos (15 USD), and you simply visit any store that recharges the phone once you lose credit. You can choose to put as much money as you would like toward your “saldo” (credit).

What else can I do in Jalatlaco?

Xcanda is surrounded by artisanal bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. You can wander the quiet cobblestone streets to view the century-old architecture, visit the Jalatlaco church located on the same street as the school, or walk just three blocks to El Llano where you can relax, read, or people watch.

What is nightlife like in Oaxaca?

There are many options for ‘nocturnal activities’ around the city depending on one’s tastes. Dance cumbia or salsa to live authentic music in one of Oaxaca’s dance halls, visit a rooftop terrace for drinks, appetizers, and amazing views, or stop in at one of the city’s many cantinas, for dinks and live, popular tunes.

How do I stay safe in Oaxaca?

Oaxaca is a very safe city, but like in every city, it is important to be cautious and alert when walking around. Keep your personal belongings close to your body in a small across the body backpack or purse, always walk in groups at night, and, because pedestrians do not have the right of way, look both ways when crossing the street!

Is street food safe to eat?

Mainly all street vendors are safe to enjoy, however for foreigners, it is recommended that they stick to street food in well-known areas. Visit El Llano park for corn soup, memelas or empanadas, stop to see the tamale women on the corner of Abasolo and Pinot Suarez streets to enjoy their five-peso tamales, or late at night stop by ‘Tlayudas Libres’ grilled meats and tortillas.

How do I disinfect my market produce?

Another recommended eating option is to eat in the market, or buy your own produce from the market to bring home and prepare in the way that you prefer. To disinfect the produce, buy any small bottle of antimicrobial drops in the market and at home, soak the produce in a bowl of water with 15 droplets of the solution for about 15 minutes. Drain the water and let the produce air-dry.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Most places do not accept credit cards, so make sure to have a small amount of cash and a debit card with you at all times. There are ATM’s all over the city so that you can withdraw pesos when you need more.