"Pueblo mágico" - Tepoztlán Morelos
Our Spanish language program is the most politically and socially progressive in Mexico, with special social justice programs focusing on a variety of themes. The instruction is demanding and Paulo Freire's methodology is applied to the teaching of Spanish as a second language, where students contribute their insights and ask the questions necessary for critical analysis. All of our teachers are native speakers with professional and special training. CILAC Freire is small and our staff is able to attend to the needs of each student. Our goal is to promote dialogue between Mexico and the people of other cultures; in order to reach that goal, we make the experience of every participant our concern. We offer small, intensive classes at all levels, year-round, as well as several Special Programs every year focused on a particular issue or area of interest, which often include travel in the region. We welcome all students irrespective of nationality, ethnic origin, race, gender, sexual preference, or age. Living with a Mexican family is an integral part of our program. It provides a unique experience to learn about the people, their food and their customs, as well as an incomparable opportunity for students to practice and refine their Spanish language abilities.We offer homestay options for our gay and lesbian students. MEXICO is a nation of great cultural and historical richness, tracing its roots to some of the oldest cultures in the hemisphere.
"Convivencia" - CETLALIC y CILAC Freire
Today, as one of the three players in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the site of the ongoing Zapatista rebellion, Mexico's prominence in the global economic and political scene makes mutual understanding among Mexicans and peoples of different parts of the world more important than ever. With approximately 100 million people, Mexicans represent one quarter of the Spanish speakers in the world, making "Mexican Spanish" particularly important in terms of Spanish usage in the world. In addition to providing quality language instruction, CILAC Freire is committed to social justice issues. Our commitment to dialogue and cross cultural exchange is rooted in our own activism in Mexico. As an organisation we are key supporters of the Don Sergio Mendez Arceo Human Rights Award for defenders of social justice and human rights in Mexico. The year 2006 marked the Award's 14th year of existence, honoring journalist Lydia Cacho for her work against violence against women. Award winners in 2005 included Barbara Zamora for her fight for the rights of indigenous people, farmers and activists, as well as Boing, a worker's soft-drink cooperative, for their struggle against Coca Cola and defense of labor rights.