Chiapas,

México:

Creating Sustainable Futures

in the Face of Climate Change


Indigenous Roots, Watersheds, Food Sovereignty, and Agroecology




WHERE: Chiapas, México

WHEN: January 11-23, 2019 (12 DAYS)

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018

GROUP SIZE: 10 PARTICIPANTS

AGE: 18+ WE STRIVE TO CREATE DIVERSE GROUPS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN ENGAGING WITH ISSUES AND IDENTIFYING SOLUTIONS

CREDITS: 6 QUARTER-CREDIT COURSE ACCREDITED BY PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY* AND IN COLLABORATION WITH Carpe Diem Education and Oberlin College (OPTIONAL)


WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

USING México AS OUR CLASSROOM, YOU WILL JOIN US ON THE FRONT-LINES OF CLIMATE CHANGE ALONGSIDE SCIENTISTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE DEFINING SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS. 

DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND EXPERIENTIAL INSIGHT NEEDED FOR CREATING A BETTER PRESENT AND A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE AROUND THE WORLD.



OUR PROGRAMS ARE RIGOROUS, SO YOU LEARN A LOT, BUT AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY, YOU LEARN BY DOING.

  • INTERVIEW LOCAL EXPERTS about real-world challenges and what they are doing to solve them.

  • Explore an Ancient Mayan CITY and see what the past can teach us about the present.

  • Meet with courageous women who are leaders in their communities while learning how to make hand-made Tortillas from corn they grow. 

  • Discover the connections between global markets and local realities by experiencing them first-hand.

  • Understand how a watershed works by hiking through verdant mountains and swimming in turquoise rivers.

  • Make traditional pottery and bows and arrows with One of the last of the Lacandon Elders.

  • See where your coffee and chocolate are grown.

  • Experience the importance of local agriculture and agroecology.

  • EXPLORE a different way of viewing the world and how we engage with it.

  • Engage in daily discussions about how we can contribute to being part of the solution.

  • LEAVE with a plan.

  • RECEIVE 6 COLLEGE CREDITS!*


Why Chiapas?

Divided by the Sierra Madre mountains and framed by coastal mangroves on one side and the Lacandona jungle on the other, Chiapas, Mexico boasts an complex cultural, historical and ecological landscape. This fertile and productive region is home to the modern Maya, the socialist Zapatistas and traditional Mexican mestizo cultures. The Chiapanecan highlands and lowlands offer a unique living classroom for students to learn about climate change, global change, and explore real world solutions to local and global issues.


What do students say?

..the program enriched my understanding and left me contemplating the multi-faceted impact of climate-change and the approaches needed for communities to adapt and thrive.
— BETH PECORARO
The program included conversations with farmers, indigenous people, and researchers, and material was always presented from many points of view…I gained a deep appreciation for and connection to the communities we visited, and an understanding of how their livelihoods are at risk from a changing climate.
— EZRA FRADKIN

Details

ACCOMMODATION: We will stay in hostals, hotels, and guest houses DURING OUR TIME IN Chiapas, ROOM OCCUPANCY 2-3 STUDENTS.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: NONE

TUITION: $3440 

*Tuition Includes instruction and guest lecturers, accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, site visits, specified activities, and international health insurance. Not included: Fee for PSU college credit ($500)*, airfare, additional food, drinks, and activities not included in itinerary. Activities may be adjusted at the discretion of Ecothropic. 


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*There is a $50 non-refundable fee for all applications that will be credited toward tuition. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due upon acceptance to confirm your place in the program. The balance of the tuition and airfare is due on December 1, 2018.

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