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Study abroad program in Chiapas

A new study abroad program in Chiapas, Mexico is coming to the UO this summer. You can find out more at two events this week:

Another World is Possible: Service Learning and Intercultural Engagement Across Communities in Chiapas Tuesday October 13, 4:00 to 5:00 pm Friendly 214 Instituto de Lenguas Jovel Director Helga Loebell and Faculty Advisor Analisa Taylor give a sneak peek of the new UO Chiapas Program’s model of academic and public engagement through service learning, sharing with students and faculty how this program creates safe and socially responsible research and internship opportunities that benefit students as well as in-country organizations and communities. Refreshments provided.
Mayan Communities and Social Justice in Chiapas: Summer 2016 Program Open House for Students Wednesday October 14, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Volcanology 101 Join Program Director Helga Loebell and Faculty Advisor Analisa Taylor for an afternoon snack and virtual tour of the Chiapas Program that will take place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico July 17 to September 3, 2016. We’ll give you details on scholarships, courses, prerequisites, home stays, internship opportunities, planned adventures, and more. Refreshments provided.
Both events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, the Office of International Affairs and the UO Global Justice Program.
Program Details:
This 7-week program offers you the opportunity to earn twelve upper division credits in Spanish through courses on Indigenous History and Culture in Chiapas, Mesoamerican Foodways, and Academic and Public Engagement across Communities. UO participants team up with Mexican youth to design and implement hands-on social, environmental, or cultural projects oriented toward your mutual interests. Excursions in and around San Cristóbal draw on the knowledge of local experts in fields such as Mayan History, Art, and Culture, Human Rights, Food Justice, and Environmental Education to create a holistic program of cultural and academic discovery.

With a population of approximately 200,000 people, San Cristóbal de las Casas is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, and has been a center of Maya civilization for thousands of years before that. Highland Maya culture, crisp mountain air, and a cluster of internationally renowned universities, research institutes, and non-profit grassroots organizations make this quaint big city a magnet for curious idealists from all over the world and a cozy perch from which to explore the archaeological, natural, and cultural wonders of Southern Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula.

Operating continuously since 1993, the Instituto de Lenguas Jovel is unmatched in Chiapas for its academic quality and reputation for social responsibility in working with community partners. The Instituto Jovel offers courses in Spanish, German, English, Tzotzil and Tzeltal, as well as cultural programming and workshops, making it a multicultural haven that echoes the provincial charm and international pulse of San Cristóbal. Instructors build museum tours and around-town exploration into their curricula, and Helga Loebell coordinates language exchanges, dance lessons, and cooking classes. Excellent yoga, dance, and martial arts studios are all within a few blocks of the school and students’ home stays.

See here Chiapas Instituto de Lenguas Jovelfor a quick tour of the school and its setting in San Cristóbal. Please contact Professor Analisa Taylor at or Rick Batchelor at for more information.

Program Dates: July 17-Sept 3, 2016

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016