Oaxaca, one of the most interesting and diverse states in Mexico, is the location for our study of Migratory Impacts on Communities and a Sustainable Development Case Study in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is one of the most interesting and diverse states in Mexico. With 1/3 of its residents speaking one of 16 different indigenous languages, they have maintained much of their culture and identity, more so than most other places in Mexico. Oaxaca celebrates its diverse culture with traditional music and dance, art, and rich cuisine. Home stays will provide the students a unique study abroad experience and the opportunity to exchange ideas and practice their Spanish. The students will learn from local sociology professors about migration patterns among indigenous and mestizos from Oaxaca, within Mexico and the effects and impacts in the local communities when they leave the country and head North, to the US. Furthermore, students will learn about sustainable development, how interest-free micro-loans help women start or expand their small businesses, which could be anything from weaving rugs to raising chickens, making tortillas, or selling flowers in the local market. Students will have a chance to come in direct contact with these women and visit their communities through "Fundación En Vía" and have an authentic cultural experience.
All classes will be held at the prestigious and renowned Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO), the oldest language school in Oaxaca city. It is located on the grounds of a beautiful 19th Century estate. Participants in this program will be able to visit archaeological and historical sites in Oaxaca city and its surroundings. Finally, the students will celebrate the Mexican Independence Day in the city center.
Students live in Oaxacan family homes
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Successful completion of SPAN 203, 216 or have 300 level or higher proficiency in Spanish by the end of Summer 2018
5 UW credits
SPAN 393: Migratory Impacts on Communities in Oaxaca (3 Credits, VLPA)
The seminar will address the experience of human migration, understanding it from the perspective of Oaxaca, viewing it as a territory of multiple motilities, where we will observe displacement, transitory migrations, and both the deportation and reception of displaced people. The seminar will address the experience of human migration, understanding it from the perspective of Oaxaca, viewing it as a territory of multiple motilities, where we will observe displacement, transitory migrations, and both the deportation and reception of displaced people. We will address a critical reflection of the use of the category "indigenous" in these migrations and address their specific attributes. Finally, we will conclude with the dilemma that confines the younger generations of children of Oaxaca immigrants in the United States to better understand their struggle with belonging and identity.
Learning goals include:
By the end of this course, the students will have a better understanding of:
-The impact of migration among the indigenous and mestizo communities in Oaxaca
-The effects of migration for the ones that stay behind and those who have to move away
-The issues that younger generations faced regarding identity and belonging.
SPAN 393: Sustainable Developments Case Study in Oaxaca (2 Credits, VLPA)
The course will provide an introduction to sustainable development as the guiding principle for international development. Students will have a clear understanding of the impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals have had in Oaxaca by examining the environmental, economic and social aspects of development. Students will analyze the contemporary challenges of the SDG's and will learn about the efforts from the varying stakeholders including Government, the International Community, NGOs and civil society. Finally, students will be able to compare and analyze the socio-economic impact of micro-loans among indigenous women.
Learning goals include:
By the end of this course, the students will:
-Have a foundation in sustainable development. Also learn how the UN sustainable development goals are being met in Oaxaca
-Be able to analyze the political, economic and social efforts made by the Government, International Organizations, NGOs and Civil Society by seeing a specific approach on some of the initiatives made in Oaxaca
-Study the practical case of "Fundación En Vía" with its particular model that provides opportunity to women, (including indigenous women) through micro-loans to better support themselves and their communities.
Maria Gillman, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Program Director
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $600)
Food (about $10/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018
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$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
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