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Students Learn to Embrace Civic Obligations in Oaxaca

(Photo: Eduardo Robles Pacheco/Flickr) By E. Claire Goodwin Melquiades “Kiado” Cruz sits with a modest smile, looking around the room at the faces of the newcomers in Oaxaca, a group of 14 students from the UVM’s semester abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. Kiado comes from a small Zapoteco village, called Santa Cruz Yagavila, located in the […]

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The Importance of Global Education in the UVM Community

By Cynthia Belliveau, Ed.D. Dean of UVM Continuing and Distance Education “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” This passage from L. P. Hartley’s The Go-Between is what I’m thinking about as I listen to the young woman, Clara, talking in the next room to her “clients” via Skype. I’m teaching […]

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UVM Oaxaca Travel Program Sparks Alumna’s Interest in Immigration Law

Traveling to Oaxaca forced Amber Attalla to question her confidence in governmental policies and the media. It also changed her life. Attalla, who graduated from UVM in 2011 with a degree in psychology and participated in the Oaxaca Semester Abroad Program, is now a student at the University of Maine School of Law. In November, […]

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Oaxacan Cuisine in Transition

By Cynthia Belliveau, Ed.D., Dean of Continuing and Distance Education An Interview with Julieta Salazar Robert at Villada in Oaxaca, Mexico It’s that time of year again when UVM’s Oaxaca Study Abroad program starts and a curious bunch of undergraduates, from many different majors, come together to learn about Mexico’s past and present history, politics, […]

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A Taste of Place: 6 Traditional Oaxacan Recipes

The Oaxaca region is rich in culture, diverse topography, and fertile agricultural land. Teotitlán del Valle is a small weaving village outside of Oaxaca City, world famous for its artisanal rugs and natural wool products. Its weavers are internationally recognized masters. Their carpets, or tapetes, are hand-loomed from naturally dyed wool using local materials and […]

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10+ Reasons to Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico

Studying in Oaxaca gave Bianca Rizzio the opportunity to travel abroad in college. Thanks to the UVM Oaxaca Semester Abroad program, Rizzio was able to travel during the spring semester of her junior year and develop her global perspective. Now a UVM senior, Rizzio looks back at her time in Oaxaca as one of the […]

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Oaxaca Study Abroad Program Demystifies the Stereotypes of Mexico

The first time Cynthia Belliveau visited Oaxaca in southern Mexico ten years ago, she was astounded to find a place so severely misunderstood by the United States. Much of U.S. policy and pop culture represents Mexico with ambivalence. On one hand, Mexico feeds Americans’ desires with its pristine beaches, comfort foods, spring break tourism and […]

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The Benefits of Studying Abroad

We asked Amanda Chin, an Environmental Studies major at UVM, about what she learned from her study abroad experience in Oaxaca, Mexico. Exploring the Benefits of Studying Abroad: Why were you drawn to study abroad? The opportunity to travel and learn about a new culture sounded pretty appealing. A semester isn’t a terribly long time […]

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