Our class days in Oaxaca will focus on Mexican culture and education. This course is designed to develop essential knowledge, awareness and skills to support cultural competency in the classroom, work settings and general day to day interactions. Through extensive community visits in Oaxaca, students will interact with local teachers, community leaders, students, activists, and migrants experiencing first hand this rich, historic, and hospitable city.
Students will participate in field experiences in local indigenous communities, schools, and attend lectures and discussions with local activists and community leaders. We will meet regularly to process and reflect on our experiences.
Oaxaca is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and is the most culturally and biologically-diverse of Mexican states with sixteen different languages spoken in addition to Spanish, and environments as varied as desert, pine forest, and tropical rain forest. Oaxaca is rich in cultural traditions, history, vibrant markets, museums, archeological sites and hospitality.