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August 24 - 27, 2023


September 28 - October 1, 2023

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We are excited to bring our Au Pair Weekend programs to the great state of Texas! San Antonio, the state’s first chartered settlement, 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.


Read full course description here!

Combo Make a Difference & Discover The U.S. 

Costs and Educational Hours

Receive 60 or 72 hours (enough for 6 credits) for this 4-day weekend combo course for an all-inclusive price of $1149. This price includes tuition and course fees, 3 nights of premiere lodging (your own bed, two students per room and a bathroom) at Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, 9 full meals and a light welcome snack, educational and cultural excursion activities (including a horse ride!), all local transportation starting from the check-in location, and travel to the airport or San Antonio at departure. 

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.  Also, scheduled activities may be subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and may be different from previous weekends.

Classes are held at the following times:

Thursday: (Check-in from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a light welcome snack.) Classes from 12:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Note: To accommodate travel time between the ranch and the airport, plan to arrive on a flight NO LATER than 11:15 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 1:30 p.m. 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.

Optional Add-Ons

You can choose from any or all of these options:

  • Housing upgrade to a private en suite room at the ranch for $100

  • Wednesday or Sunday night at our check-in location for $75

(See Housing information below.)



Courses are offered in collaboration with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Extension


Check-in will be held at the Historic Hotel Gibbs on Alamo Plaza

105 N. Alamo St,
San Antonio, TX 78205

UCLA Extension Website

Three nights (Thursday - Saturday) of lodging at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas are included in the standard weekend course price. Click the "Housing" link above for more details.

An optional $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. Rooms will be shared with another au pair. Breakfast is included.

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TEXAS staff

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Marcos Langoni
City Director


Laura Donoway

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Mary Ellen Livingston
Program Coordinator/Instructor

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Becky Belka

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