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Combo Make a Difference & Discover The U.S.

May 2 - 5,2024

72 Hours

(Equivalent to 6 credits)

Price: $1149


Registration closes April 25 but may sell out sooner!

San Antonio, one of Texas' oldest chartered settlements, is full of history and diversity. Students in our program will begin the weekend by stepping back in time at The Alamo, an 18th century Franciscan Mission and also the location of an important battle site for Texans fighting for independence from Mexico in 1836. From there, students will then explore the city's modern side with a stroll down the famous River Walk.  Later, students will have the unique opportunity to be immersed in Texas’s famous “cowboy culture” as guests at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World!” The Mayan is one of the finest dude ranches in Texas Hill Country. Take a step with us onto the Texas Frontier for an experience you’ll never forget!

The course begins in San Antonio, but most of your time will be spent at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera.

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Questions about this location? Contact us!

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Learn about community and American culture, and make global connections through our Make a Difference and Discover the U.S. courses. Created just for au pairs, these courses will help you navigate the many emotions and experiences that come with living abroad in the United States. Build connections with your au pair classmates through a variety of excursions, activities, and engaging in class discussions.

To accommodate travel time between the airport and class, plan to arrive for your course on a flight NO LATER than 11:00 am on Thursday and depart no earlier than 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Attendance is mandatory beginning on Thursday with check-in, and does not end until Sunday at 1:00 pm. Students are expected to attend the full weekend and complete all assignments to receive their Completion Letter. We understand emergencies and important scheduling conflicts can occur, so please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible if there is a situation that prevents you from meeting any of these requirements.
After registering for this course, you’ll get a link to join Canvas the day that your pre-assignments become available.
Hours include pre-weekend assignments, post-weekend assignments, and a course evaluation. Check with your au pair agency regarding hours and credits, as requirements vary. Scheduled activities may be subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and may be different from previous weekends.


Historic Hotel Gibbs on Alamo Plaza
105 N. Alamo St

San Antonio, TX 78205


Check in: Historic Hotel Gibbs on Alamo Plaza. Transportation between Hotel Gibbs and the Mayan Dude Ranch is provided by Au Pair Weekend and is included in the weekend course price. 

Three nights (Thursday - Saturday) of lodging at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas are included in the standard weekend course price. We also offer these optional housing add-ons:

  • A $100 housing upgrade at the ranch is available so that you can have a private en suite King room (the standard price includes your own queen bed in a shared en suite room with one other student).

  • You can also add a Wednesday or Sunday night room at the Historic Hotel Gibbs in San Antonio for $75 per night. Rooms will be shared with another au pair. Breakfast is included. 

Click the button above for more housing details, as well as suggestions for transportation between the airport and our San Antonio check in location. 

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Read full course description here!

TEXAS staff

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City Director

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Mary Ellen
Program Coordinator/Instructor

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