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Mention Outside and for $243 per week in September and October (10 percent off the regular price of $270), you'll receive four to six hours of daily, one-on-one Spanish-language instruction from Eco-Escuela de Español, live and share meals with a family in the village of San Andrés, in northern Guatemala, and still have time to explore the nearby Maya Biosphere Reserve and help with local conservation projects. Now independently run, the program was originally set up by Conservation International to help villagers generate income from something other than destructive logging and mining operations. Contact G.A.P. Adventures: 800-692-5495; www.gapadventures.com.
The no-frills beachfront Hotel Kaveka, on the Tahitian island of Moorea, caters more to the backpacker crowd than to the "Porter, carry my Gucci" settrust us. Travel before December 9, and for $799 per person, you and a friend will get seven nights there, round-trip tickets from Los Angeles on Corsair, plus all interisland ferry transportation. Burn the money you've saved in travel costs on scuba diving and snorkeling around the island's legendary coral reefs. For reservations and more information, log on to the Tahiti Vacations Web site: www.tahitivacations.net.
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The Ireland B&Bs package from Far&Wide Travel Corporation includes round-trip airfare from New York to Shannon on Aer Lingus, a rental car, and six nights at your choice of 2,500 participating bed-and-breakfasts (select them in advance, or choose as you go). The price? Just $899 per person if you travel in September or October (a $100 savings off the high-season rate), or $499 per person if you're willing to put up with the winter drizzle in November, January, and February. Bring your woollies and sea kayak around the islands in Roaringwater Bay, cycle around the Beara Peninsula, and hike through Connemara National Park, with its classic Irish landscape: soggy mountains, bogs, and heaths. You'll need to book your trip 30 days in advance for fall travel, 70 days ahead if you go in winter; prices are based on double occupancy. For more information, contact Far&Wide at 800-511-1194; www.farandwide.com.