Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos. Although home to more than 400,000 people, Cuernavaca exudes a small-town feel. Appreciated for history, striking scenery, vibrant life, and an eternally spring climate, Cuernavaca is an ideal place to learn.
This unique program is structured to provide you with a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language and people. Separate tracks have also been created for you to for in-depth study in Social Work or Education topics in depth. There will be numerous day-long excursions to cultural and historic sites, in addition to Spanish language instruction.
Today, there are more than 52 million Hispanics in the United States, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic minority. It is essential that social service professionals have the skills to work with this population. Through outings and engaging lectures during this travel course, students will be immersed in the culture, traditions, primary language and social services of Mexico. This familiarity will increase one’s confidence and enhance employment potential for you as a developing professional.
Each week-day morning there will Spanish language instruction. This is an opportunity for those with little or abundant Spanish language skills to enhance their ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals. During the afternoons, we will visit locations where social services are provided. This may include family violence shelters, hospitals, social service agencies, orphanages, etc. Local experts will describe how those services are accessed, delivered and funded.
Social Work 499 meets the World Culture/Global Culture Gen. Ed. Requirement and will count as the Social Environment elective in the Social Work program. In addition, students will participate in a service learning project.
This travel course is open to anyone, including teachers, community members, and students from other universities. Participants are expected to demonstrate personal maturity, motivation, flexibility and an international perspective. There is no language requirement for this program. This course is open to social work & other human services professionals, community members, students from other universities and adult family members of students.
Participants will be placed with a host family. Meals are provided by the host family and are included in the housing fees. Homestay living provides students the opportunity to enhance conversational language skills while experiencing Mexican family life. As this is an immersion experience, the English language skills of host families will vary. We will do our best to place students with no Spanish skills in a home where the host has some English skills. Students will be transported to and from school by their host families. Students are only responsible for transportation costs (ex. taxi fare) to and from excursion meeting points and personal exploration.