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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico; Teotitlan, Oaxaca, Mexico;
  • Program Terms: CGEE Programs
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Day of the Dead Web Banner '17

Participants are immersed in the ancient traditions honoring the ancestors.  Dia de los Muertos is a ritual meant to lovingly remember relatives who have died.  By honoring one's relatives in ritual, human existence is given renewed meaning and continuity.  Emphasis is on the meaning of rituals associated with this traditional celebration and other healing ceremonies. Connections of health and community rituals will be explored within urban and rural settings.  This practicum includes an overnight in the Teotitlan, a Zapotec indigenous community of weavers who uphold ancient traditional ways.

Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Fall 2017
Program Dates:  October 26-November 3, 2017
Costs billed to your student account:

  • In-country Program Fee: $2,175.  Includes shared lodging, most meals, ground transportation, translation, honorariums, etc.  (Food is not included while in transit between Minnesota and Mexico.)

  • Tuition (per credit rate for MAN or DNP)

  • MINUS a $500 CGEE Scholarship (which will be credited to your student account in September)

Out of Pocket Costs:

  • Airfare and luggage fees: You are responsible for making your own flight arrangements.  Please plan to arrive in Oaxaca no later than 6 PM on Thursday, October 26 and to depart Oaxaca any time after 7 AM on Friday, November 3.  Share your flight itinerary with your professors.
  • Personal Spending: souvenirs, snacks, etc.
  • Passport fees
  • Visa Processing:  U.S. citizens do not require a visa to enter Mexico.  If you are the citizen of a country for which Mexico requires an entry visa, it is your responsibility to obtain one from a Mexican consulate prior to departure.

Credits:  Register in one of the following courses and complete CGEE online registration by August 25th:

  • NUR 500
  • NUR 530
  • 541 MAN Practicum
  • NUR 731
  • 701 DNP 

Faculty and Staff:  

  • Deb Schuhmacher, RN, DNP
  • Lisa VanGetson, RN
  • Antonio Ortega, CGEE Program Coordinator in Mexico

Meals:  Three meals a day included in Mexico.  Airport meals in transit are your responsibility.
Language of Instruction:  English
Local Currency: Mexican pesos
Population of Oaxaca, Mexico: 3.8 million


Students in the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) will earn 45 practicum hours (1 credit) when concurrently enrolled in NUR 500, NUR 530 or NUR 541.  Students in the DNP program may enroll in NUR 731 (1 credit) or 701 Independent Study to earn 45 practicum hours.

Sample of Program Activities

  • Participation in the Day of the Dead Celebration
  • Tour of the city of Oaxaca
  • Experience a healing ritual
  • Dialogue with a nurse midwife and learn about indigenous ways of home birthing
  • Dialogue with author and educator, Gustavo Esteva
  • Visit local markets
  • Visit cemeteries in the village to view Dia de los Muertos celebrations
  • Participate in a homestay with women from a Weavers Cooperative

Day of the Dead Cemetery Housing

Homestays and guesthouse lodging


Students must be enrolled in one of the academic graduate programs listed above.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.