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  • Locations: Chiapas (San Cristobal de las Casas), Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Indigenous Social Activism

Overview

What makes a people protest? What brings people together in resisting institutions of power? What is Indigenous activism? How many different types of Indigenous activism are there? Come explore the exciting world of Indigenous social activism in the beautiful region of San Cristóbal del las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico–a place not many get to visit. On our 9-day journey we will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people's approaches to social activism; we will also learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, which permeates many aspects of their life, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems. Through site visits, interaction with Indigenous organizations, observation, and participation, you will gain hands-on experiences about current Indigenous social activism, what causes it, how it emerges, and how people respond differently to it depending on their situations.

Fast Facts

Program Dates:  March 10-18, 2018 (spring break)
Credits: 4 Augsburg Credits  - Students choose one course.
Faculty and Staff: Faculty Elise Marubbio and Joseph Towle, supported by CGEE-Mexico site staff
Apply by: November 1, 2017


Academic Calendar: Spring Break 2018
Meals: Meals are included, except meals during international travel.
Language of Instruction: English
Local Currency: Peso

Population of Chiapas, Mexico: 3.4 million


Academics

This program is available to all undergraduate students, sophomore standing or higherAll students are expected to participate in the pre-trip and post trip classes; complete travel and reading journals; perform solid research on a topic of your choice; and present your research. Keystone students will meet 3 additional sessions and complete 3 short keystone reflection papers.

This is an interdisciplinary course that engages theoretical and methodological approaches including, American Indian studies, cultural studies, social justice and human rights, and women’s studies. Chiapas is a place where culture, identity, and history remains deeply contested. As such, students in this class will find themselves in conversations with scholars, activists, artists, workers, peasants, and local politicians. Confronted with a wide variety of perspectives on politics, economics, the environment, and women’s issues, students will better understand the context in which indigenous peoples of Latin America live.
 
Students choose one course for this program:

AIS 305 - Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 - Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)

CCS 295 - Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 - Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

Augsburg Experience:  meets requirements for Augsburg Experience


Program Activities

Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. Its mountainous highlands and dense rainforest are dotted with Mayan archaeological sites and Spanish colonial towns. In the colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Templo y Ex-Convento Santo Domingo complex houses a baroque church and museum displaying regional artifacts. Surrounding it is a marketplace selling items such as colorful weavings.

Student will visit and explore:

  • Colonial cities of San Crisóbal de las Casas and San Juan Chamula

  • Pre-Columbian Civilization site of Toniná (Maya Ruins)

  • Coffee Cooperative

  • Indigenous villages of the Zapatista, Caracol, Morelia and Acteal


Eligibility:

This program is open to all majors. sophomore standing or higher. Students participating in this program must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed at least one year of college/university. There is a language requirement ONLY for those taking the course for Spanish credit.

Program Cost:  Augsburg Undergraduate Day Students:  Full Time Status

Program Fee:        $2805
Airfare:                  $1300
Total Cost:            $4105  This amount is charged to Augsburg Student Account in Spring Semester 2018

The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. 

NOTE: Tuition for this course is included in the Spring 2018 tuition fee for full-time undergraduate students. There is no additional tuition charge for full-time students.

Program Cost:  Augsburg Undergraduate Day Students:  Part-Time Status

Program Fee:              $2805
Tuition:                          $4620
Estimated Airfare:         $1300
Sub-Total Cost:             $8725
Global Scholarship:  -$3234  
Total Cost:                  $5491  

The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees.

Program Cost:  Adult Undergraduate Students

Program Fee:                 $2805
Tuition (4 credits):          $1680
Estimated Airfare:          $1300
Subtotal:                         $5785
Global Scholarship:   - $1176
Total Estimated Cost:   $4609

The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. 


Program Cost:  American Indian Center and CCS Alumni

Program Fee:                 $2805
Tuition (1 credit):           $420
Estimated Airfare:         $1300
Subtotal:                        $4525  
Global Scholarship:    - $294
Total Estimated Cost:   $4231

The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees.

Additional Expenses

Passport (new or renewal)                 $135 (new) or $110 (renewal)  Students should renew if their current passport expires before October 2018.
Meals during international transit     $10-$30  Meals are provided on international flights.  If you want a snack/meal in the airport, it is up to you.
Personal spending money                 varies     Consider your own want/need to buy snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Passport information available here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
For Information about personal spending, entertainment, and other costs abroad, check the following resources:
   http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/money-costs
   https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living


Scholarships

Because of the social justice emphasis of this program, participants of this program are eligible to apply for the following CGEE scholarships:

Click on each of the scholarships for eligibility details, application instructions, and application deadlines.
NOTE: Scholarship applications submitted by October 15, 2017 will receive a decision on/by November 1. However, applications for spring break program scholarships can be submitted as late as January 15, 2018

For general information about Study Abroad/Away scholarships, please read the CGEE Scholarships Page.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.