Two months back i attened ccnp classes hoping that i can get some hands on higher protocals and technologies and its was really a big upset cause of faculty and also the infrastucture i guess.(needed to find out more about the faculty and the institute before going for the ccnp class)
i feel that if you can disipline your self and are focused, are you a good self learner than you may tend to do better at home without spending huge money on instructors and courses. you can get self study guides from cisco press (heard they are really good). But you need bigger series routers or simulators to practice those topics.
if you still want a mentor and dont mind to invest money to educate yourself then i advice you to get cisco press ccnp books and go through those topics first and set off for your knowledge hunt to those courses, it would be a real help.