Austin/San Antonio

Austin and San Antonio  TX
Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX and First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX
Program runs from: 12/16/2017  to  01/02/2018

All accepted students must arrive on December 17 in Austin and depart on January 2 from San Antonio!
Lone Star State
One program, two great Texas cities! Dec. 17-26 you’ll be in Austin, and then we’ll take you to San Antonio on Dec. 27, where you’ll complete your visit with First Presbyterian San Antonio as your host, and leave from there on Jan. 2. When you make your travel arrangements, be sure you arrive into Austin, TX. and depart from San Antonio, TX. The cities are ~80 miles apart, so it is not practical to ask your host to take you to the other city.
Just say the word “Austin” and people around the country light up. We’re known as a progressive “green” city with lots of trees, rivers, and parks. We’re the capital of Texas and also the home of the University of Texas, as well as several other well-respected colleges and universities (Huston-Tillotson, St. Edwards, Concordia Lutheran) and high tech companies such as Dell, Samsung and AMD. We’re located in the heart of the hill country, with rolling plains east of us and hilly “west Texas” type terrain to our west. Austin is the unofficial “live music capital” of the world. Austin is the unofficial “live music capital” of the world.
San Antonio is very much a Latino City- you’ll see Spanish influences throughout the city. The Alamo, Texas’ most scared shrine, considered the “birthplace” of Texas independence, is located in San Antonio, as are other missions from the same era, some still in use as churches, the River Walk, great restaurants such as Mi Tierra (open 24/7), El Mercado, where you can purchase items from Mexico and Central America. San Antonio was home to one of the last World Fair’s, and you can see Hemisphere plaza and go up in the Tower of the America’s to see a great view of San Antonio. The Institute of Texan Cultures gives you a taste of all the cultures which have shaped our state.
Our students stay with families from several different Presbyterian Churches (Central Presbyterian is our host church in Austin), and sometimes hosts from other churches as well), some in town, and some more rural. We spend time with the families, we want you to get to know your hosts and form life-long friendships with them, and they with you. Please note that this is a PHYSICAL program- we hike up mountains, and do a great deal of walking. If you're not able to do this, Austin is not the program for you, because you won't be able to engage in the majority of our events. We try to gear our activities for all ages. Some of the other hosts have elementary to preteen children, so we do activities that will work for young to older. Austin is a beautiful city, the state capital, one of the most progressive cities in Texas.  
Our weather tends to be mild, but can be cold around Christmas. We encourage you to bring ‘layered’ clothing, that way, you can adjust your dress to the temperature, which can vary as much as 30 degrees over the day. Can be in the 40-50’s or 30-40’s or much warmer. Austin is a very casual places and you won’t need dressy clothes other than for church. We really like for our students to arrive on the starting date, so that they don’t miss out on any of the fun! This year, we're asking students to pay into the fund for activities, as we're adding some fun activities that are a little expensive. This fee is due at the first event. We ask that students bring extra spending money. We look forward to your visit to Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World” & beautiful San Antonio. Follow us on Facebook- Christmas International House Austin to learn more about specifics.  
We believe this is a “bridge building” peace program, and we want our guests and hosts to get to know each other well and we have a variety of activities planned, most involve walking. Be sure to arrive on Saturday, December 17, because our first activity is Sunday, Dec. 18, and you don’t want to miss it. We’ll start with a chili dinner at a lovely home on Lake Austin. Our TENTATIVE plans are to visit the Bob Bullock History of Texas Museum, the State Capitol, attend a live musical of an updated “A Christmas Carol,” visit the LBJ Ranch National Park and see a working ranch there, complete with longhorns and bison, hear a live music concert with one of Austin’s premiere brass ensembles, visit the Blanton Museum of Art, tour UT campus, make sandwiches for homeless folks, and maybe learn some quilting. If you’re interested, we may be able to arrange a horseback ride. We’ll also have some time off to spend with your host family. On Dec. 27, we’ll go to San Antonio, where you will meet your hosts for the 2nd week, and they’ll have a fun schedule, too.  
Program Size 4
Program Type Home Stay
Accomodations Female Students Only
Clothing Suggestions A warm coat, raincoat, umbrella, bathing suit
Suggested Cash $50 program stipend, to be paid at the 1st event, + extra for a few meals & spending $
Program Dates 12/16/2017 to 01/02/2018
Stay Options Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
Airport Arrive: Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Train Depot Austin (AMTRAK)
Bus Depot Austin
Driving Directions Upon request
Weather Forecast 40-50’s or 30-40’s or much warmer
Local Attractions University of Texas, State Capitol, Bob Bullock History of Texas Museum, Blanton Museum, Museum of Art, Mexe-Arte Museum, 6th Street music spots, Zilker Christmas Tree and ‘Trail of Lights’ free concerts, shopping.
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