San Miguel de Allende: Schools, Bookstores and the Institute

The trip wouldn’t have been complete without visits to the local schools, the Institute and the local bookstore. It was a little hard to find the first two schools. Even our host and locals weren’t sure where they were. By the time we’d walked (at least 10 miles) and finally taken a cab, I’m sure we’d seen more of the city than we’d ever planned! Never-the-less it was fun and memorable. Below you will see photos of the Escuela Exp. Educaci├│n Media General 1. This is one of the government schools in San Miguel. Approximately 700 children attend this elementary school. You’ll also see me with teacher Ra├║l Servin. Ra├║l teaches English at the school and is interested in having his students correspond with other classes. In a week or so, you should see contact information for Ra├║l and his classes.

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Escuela Exp. Educaci├│n Media General 1 and Ra├║l and me sitting outside.

A well known private language school in San Miguel is Centro Biling├╝e de San Miguel. During our visit to the school things were bustling with kids rushing to and from classes. I had a very enjoyable chat with two of the teachers, Julienna and Jessica. Centro Biling├╝e de San Miguel offers classes in English, Spanish and French.

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The Centro Biling├╝e de San Miguel.

Possibly the most famous language school in M├ęxico is the Instituto Allende. Travellers from around the world, attend language and art classes at the Allende. I’ve taken some photos of the massive mural on the wall of one of the buildings.

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Two pictures of the lovely mural at the Instituto Allende.

During our stay in San Miguel, we were able to visit “Libros El Tecolate”, the cute little bookstore just down the street from Maricela’s Bed and Breakfast. Mary Marsh, the owner, originally hails from New York State. I think that she said she’s been in San Miguel for around eleven years now. Her bookstore has much to offer for English speaking travellers who need reading material. She also has a great children’s section including many bilingual books.

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The nice little bookstore we visited, outside and inside.


  1. I am moving to San Miguel in Aug. 08 and am looking for an English based education program for my 13 yr. old son. I f anyone has any information on this, input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

  2. Hi, my name is Michelle. I am an English teacher looking for work in San Miguel this January 2009. If anyone knows of any openings please let me know at


  3. Hello My name is Kareen I am Thinking about moving to San Miguel with my Family I have a 9 year old son and 13 year old Daughter Their education is a top priority. We are also looking for a long term 4 bedroom rental, any information would be great! Thanks Kareenhart@gmail.comsa

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for your blog. I’m interested in finding english language books. “Libros El Tecolate”, the cute little bookstore just down the street from Maricela’s Bed and Breakfast. Where is it? Street address?

    Warm Regards, Jim VS

  5. Hi,

    “Libros El Tecolate”, the cute little bookstore just down the street from Maricela’s Bed and Breakfast.

    please provide me with an address or street intersections.

    Thanks, Jim