Summer LGBTQ Program

June 15 - July 5, 2019

$ 2,063 USD

For anyone interested in learning about the real situation of the LGBTQ community in Mexico through the study of the language and cultural exchange. The program will teach participants about the history of the LGBTQ movement in Mexico and Latin America.
Participants will share coming out stories, learn about Mexican culture and gender roles in contemporary Mexico, and gain an understanding of the cultural context of LGBTQ identity in Mexico.
 This is a three week program that includes roundtable discussions, guest speakers (artists, activists and community leaders), field trips, museum visits, videos, meetings with local community groups, and more.  
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 LGBTQ movement in Mexico and Latin America
  • Share "coming out" stories with Mexican men and women
  • Participation in the LGBTQ Pride March in Mexico City
  • Non-traditional families
  • Gays and lesbians and the Catholic Church and other faith denomination
  • Learn about the culture of Mexico and gender roles in contemporary Mexican society

Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when necessary.
Weekend Excursions

  • Xochicalco ruins
  • Mexico City, including participation in the "Marcha del Orgullo" (the Annual Pride March), as well as visits to historical downtown, the Frida Kahlo Museum and Coyoacan.

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 profound. It also provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in everyday situations.
Note: hotel or apartment accommodations are also available if you prefer.
COST: $2,063 USD and includes full room (shared) and board with a Mexican family, three weeks of intensive Spanish instruction, educational material, cultural activities, local excursions in the Cuernavaca area and one weekend excursion to Mexico City for the LGBTQ Pride March.  Cost does not include round trip airfare to Mexico City, nor transportation from and to the Mexico City airport.
$ 105 deposit is due at the time of application (this is included in the total program cost).  Childcare is available at a minimal extra cost. 
by Kiely Hosmon
This LGBTQ program has been so invaluable to me.  I can´t stress enough how much the teachers and my homestay family have positively impacted me in so many ways.  This program has made me want to really push myself to become fluent in Spanish as well as to continue the fight for social justice issues locally and globally.  I will definitely be back either in person or through skype as I will speak highly of this program to anyone who will listen!  What a blessing to have the LGBTQ program available here.  Thank you for all your hard work and commitment to this school and social justice in general.  I will miss the teachers and my homestay family immensely! 

by Sunia Hartman
I was very impressed with all of my teachers.  I could tell they all had training teaching Spanish to students.  Lety did a wonderful job explaining and helping us understand Spanish grammar.  The cultural activities were very powerful and culture focused.  The activities helped me understand the culture of Mexico.  I loved my host family.  Araceli cared for me as one of her own.  I really appreciate her positive attitude and care for the students.  CILAC Freire is a special place with wonderful people!  Thank you for offering such a unique program, encouraging us to be well informed and to think of others.

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