Mexico Service Learning: Culture, Language, and Schooling
Dates of Program: March 9-19, 2017
Credit Units: 3
Sponsor(s) of Program: CEHD - College of Education and Human Development
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This study abroad introduces students to many of the most important cultural, economic, and social issues surrounding language and diversity as they relate to Latino populations, now the largest ethnic group in the U.S. We explore the “City of Eternal Spring,” Cuernavaca, Mexico, as our main location, with site visits in nearby Mexico City and the “Magical Town” of Tepoztlan. Students will learn about the relationship between schools and society in terms of diversity and language, studying Spanish daily in a way that weaves local cultural issues into language study. We partner with a social-justice oriented language institute. We also have a field-experience in a local school which does highly transformative work with marginalized youth based on an indigenous knowledge model. This program will help participants improve understandings for how to work with Latina/os, marginalized youth, and to think more broadly about schooling. All skills learned will help make participants more marketable in Atlanta and Georgia as we continue to experience an influx of Latino—especially Mexican—populations.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy bedroom with a caring Mexican family near the school in Cuernavaca. The host family receives regular training regarding the school’s approach to learning and caring for guests and helps students both learn about Mexico and practice their Spanish.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
The program will begin with three mandatory pre-departure meetings where the course and program will be discussed at length.
Cuernavaca (Mar. 9-19):
Students visit a service-learning school site based in indigenous knowledge and immediately begin Spanish classes by proficiency level. Students learn from various guest speakers and with site visits to museums covering thousands of years of Mexican history, and visits to contemporary artisan markets. Students may also explore Mexico’s diverse food scene and additional museums and markets.
Mexico City (Mar. 11):
Students explore this world-class city, including the Frida Kahlo Museum, a political action museum, historic and picturesque Coyoacán, as well as downtown Mexico City.
Tepoztlan (Mar. 18)
Students hike to an indigenous ceremonial pyramid (optional) in this nationally designated “Magical Town,” known for its lovely rustic architecture and indigenous sense of self-preservation. The trip includes a visit a local market, a regional historic convent and history museum, and they make final preparations to return home.
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students. Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Students will complete a one-page essay describing their interest in the program. Students need to be comfortable walking about a half mile to and from the language school.
CREDITS & COURSES
Please note; in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR
Participants who successfully complete the programs EDUC 3333 or EDUC 7777 OR EDCI 4700 OR
7670/7680 will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate
students should register for either EDUC 3333 or EDCI 4700; graduate students should register for
either EDUC 7777 or EDCI 7670/7680.
SPRING BREAK EARLY DECISION DISCOUNT
Please note that neither the IEF nor the GES scholarships are applicable to Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs. There is, however, a $1000 early decision discount for the first 9 Georgia State students who 1) apply, complete and submit their program application by October 31, 2016 2) pay their program deposit of $300 by October 31, 2016 and 3) are accepted into their program. (Please see the payment schedule below for more details.) If an applicant misses the early decision discount (application submissions are time-stamped), they will absolutely be refunded their deposit within 7 business days should they choose not to participate at the full program price. Please note: transient students are not eligible for this discount.
The program cost is tentatively set at $1200 + airfare in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
Program Cost Includes
• All ground transportation
• Excursions and entrance fees
• All meals inside Mexico
• Shared bedroom, separate bed, in a homestay with a Mexican family
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses
• Excess baggage charges
October 17, 2016:
$200 Deposit Due
November 8, 2016:
$1,000 Early Decision Discount Payment Applied
November 17, 2016:
Proof of airfare submitted to program director
December 2, 2016:
$ 1,000 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay) [For those who are not receiving the $1000 discount]
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposits and Payments:
Participants will pay program deposits and payments by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Remaining Program Balance:
The remaining program balance will be billed directly to your Panther Pay account. Payment deadlines for study abroad programs Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
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Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
Program Director: Dr. Sue Kasun
Office address: College of Education and Human Development
30 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303