Winter LGBTQ Program
January 5-18, 2019
For all gays and lesbians interested in learning about the real situation of g/l life in Mexico through the study of the language and cultural exchange.
Intensive Spanish language instruction integrating texts and discussions to supplement program focus, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are evaluated and placed at the appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each class. All levels welcome, from beginners to advanced.
* Cultural Activities
Guest speakers, lectures and roundtable discussions, field trips, museum visits, videos, and encounters with local community groups afford participants an understanding of the cultural context of gay and lesbian identity in Mexico.
Topics/Activities may include:
- Visits with artists, activists, and community leaders
- History of the gay/lesbian movement in Mexico and Latin America
- The culture of Mexico and gender roles in contemporary Mexican society
- A weekend excursion trip
- Politics and the recent elections
- Dancing class
- Human rights
- AIDS in Mexico
- Chiapas and Zapatismo
- Metropolitan Church
- NAFTA, globalization and "neoliberalism" in Mexico
Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when necessary.
- Xochicalco ruins
- Taxco silver mining town
- Mexico City
All CILAC Freire families are gay and lesbian friendly. Sharing with a Mexican Family provides a vibrant sense of the Mexican people and makes the course more personal and more profound. It also provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in everyday situations.
Note: hotel or apartment accomodations are also available if you prefer.
COST: $1,438 USD and includes full room (shared) and board with a Mexican family, two weeks of intensive Spanish instruction, educational material, cultural activities, local excursions in the Cuernavaca area and one weekend excursion. Cost does not include round trip airfare to Mexico City, nor transportation from and to the Mexico City airport. $ 100 deposit is due at the time of application (this is included in the total program cost). Childcare is available at a minimal extra cost.