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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Jan Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Jan Term in Mexico: Community and Globalization - IDS 1136
Faculty Leader: Dr. Amy McNichols

Program Overview
This Jan Term study/community engagement experience will help students to understand globalization on a deep, personal level. Through readings, reflections and visits to factories, farms, schools, homes and more, students will come to understand the complex personal, social and political issues that arise when one’s local experience is connected to greater global realities. Students will be introduced to community members, workers, business owners, diplomats, migrants, activists, and social service providers, and they will have opportunities to engage with the community, be that through participant observer community work or reflection on ways to be civically engaged both in the United States and abroad. 
Prerequisites: None

Location and Itinerary
January 3-15, 2020
Mexico City: Jan 3-4 Tourism at its best!
  • Tour the Historic Center, where old colonial style meets art deco and 20th century grace
  • The Zócalo: The enormous main square of Mexico City
  • Visit the National Palace, home to the President and some of Diego Rivera’s most magnificent murals
Mexico City: Jan 4-5 Learn about Mexico’s indigenous past and present:
  • Teotihuacán: Visit the pyramids in the “City of the Gods” with Nahua indigenous leader, Nacho Torres Ramírez
  • El Templo Mayor: see the excavation site of the great Aztec pyramid
  • Basilica of Guadalupe: Understand the importance of this religious site for millions of Latin American people 
  • Mexico City: January 6 Tour beautiful, colonial Mexico City:
  • Visit the Castle of Chapultepec and surrounding park and historic sites
Mexico City, January 7-8 Learn about migration:
  • Conversation with returned Mexican migrants
  • Visit the Center for Central American migrants in Mexico
Mexico City: January 9 Learn about the global perspectives from south of the U.S. border:
  • U.S. Embassy: Talk to officials about U.S.-Mexico economic relations and immigration policy
  • BOING soda factory tour: Global business in a new way: A worker-owned juice and soda company
  • Meet Peatonito: Environmental activist and internationally-known pedestrian superhero!

Cuetzalan: January 10-14 Stay for four days in a beautiful rural village in the state of Puebla:
  • During three days in this small village we will learn the human side of globalization and its effect on communities
  • Examine community responses to megadevelopment projects
  • Converse with people who have migrated to “El Norte”
  • Meet young adults from “Radio Tzinaca”
  • Learn from indigenous women about their community work
  • Visit an indigenous ceremonial center to understand how many people keep their traditions alive 
Return to Mexico City: January 14-15 Relax & reflect:
Return from Puebla to Mexico City
  • Dinner and live music at the famous art deco restaurant, Café Tacuba
  • Goodbyes and reflection time
Return to USA the next morning

Housing and Meals
Housing and 3 meals per day are included

Program Fees
Estimated $3,050

Application Process
Application Deadline: September 15, 2019
Final Withdraw Deadline: October 1, 2019

Applying for a Jan term does not guarantee participation. The faculty leader for the class provides final approval for students to participate.

This program is currently not accepting applications.