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Hotel with Impact: Hotel Con Corazón

I’m looking forward to our hotel stay in Oaxaca. If you’ve traveled with me, you know this is pretty atypical hotel behavior. When it comes to visiting new destinations, I get excited about the sites, the food, and learning about the local way of life. The hotel selection is usually pretty low on my list of priorities… so why am I so excited about our accommodations in Oaxaca, México?

We’ll be staying at Hotel Con Corazón for the entirety of the week-long program. First of all, the building itself is beautiful design. During my stay, I felt as though I was coming “home” to a tree house at the end of the day. Rooms are connected by an open air common space, where you’ll find several trees whose branches extend throughout the property, giving a sense of calm and closeness to nature even while inside the hotel. There are casual seating areas placed throughout lofty space, including an open deck with plants, a small herb garden, and a view of a nearby hill dotted with homes. The hotel is conveniently located a walk or short taxi ride away from several points of interest, yet also quiet and calm enough for travelers to relax after a day of exploring and walking in the Oaxacan sun. Not to mention, the hotel staff is very welcoming and kind.

But.. I still haven’t shared why I’m truly excited about Hotel Con Corazón. As an educator, I strongly believe in access to education and supporting students to achieve their full potential. I've had the privilege of working with young people to promote their wellbeing, navigate life challenges, and support academic success, and Hotel Con Corazón aligns closely with these values. Instead of telling you about it myself, I'd like to share a few excerpts from their website:

"Hotel con Corazón invests most of its profits in education. Our Oaxaca program supports students from low-income families in and around Oaxaca city in their education path, in order to give them a head start at the labour market and break their families' poverty cycle."

"When you stay with us you help create a brighter future for the youth of Oaxaca, as we invest our profits in local education. Moreover, we operate our hotel as sustainable as possible and we promote responsible travel, making our place amongst the best hotels for travelers who want to give back to the local community and travel consciously."

"Students [may] abandon their schooling due to a lack of economic resources and motivation, as well as a sizable jump in difficulty level between junior high and high school that leaves them ill prepared and unmotivated. To address these problems, we developed an Education Program together with local partners, which consist of several pillars." I encourage you to learn more here:

The painting below was in my room during the last stay. Read on to learn about Jenifer, a participant in Hotel Con Corazon's program and a future Civil or Architectural Engineer:

Bonus: these delicious hotel breakfasts will have the group energized and ready for a full day of activities. Pictured below: fresh fruit with honey, nuts, and yogurt, and a fresh mango ceviche. And yes, that's a cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate for breakfast. ;)

More views from the hotel:

I'm excited to have Hotel Con Corazón as our home base during the language program in Oaxaca. It will serve as a launch point for daily adventures and a place to relax at the end of a long day, while also investing in educational programs in the local community and creating meaningful impact.

¿Qué esperas? ¡Vamos de viaje!

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