August TBA, 2023



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The program is designed as an encounter with the crucified and risen Christ who is present among those who are condemned to death by economic and political powers.


* Classes:

Intensive language instruction, 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.

* Activities:

First week: The program begins in Cuernavaca, where the Base Christian Communities were founded in Mexico. Cuernavaca is also known as the "city of the eternal spring" because of its pleasant climate. The BCCs represent a grassroots church movement in which members meet in small groups. Primarily from poor areas, they  reflect on Scripture as a means of organizing for better living conditions and a more equitable society. We begin learning about the history and development of the BCCs, which can serve as a model for ministry within Latino communities in the U.S. We will dialog with priests and lay leaders who are active in the BCCs, as well as participate in a BCC meeting.



Second week: We will look at how the BCCs provide a faith-based foundation for organizing in defense of human rights, environmental protection and fair trade practices. We will visit local community projects and hear from leaders who are active in these movements.

Weekend Excursions

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




Staying with a Mexican family provides a vibrant sense of the Mexican people and makes the course even more personal and meaningful. It also provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in everyday situations. We also offer homestays with gays and lesbians in the Cuernavaca community, and all CILAC Freire families are gay and lesbian friendly. (Note: hotel or apartment accommodations are also available upon request).




The cost is $ 1,438 US dollars and includes full room 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. A $ 110 deposit is due at the time of application (this is included in the total program cost). Childcare is available at a minimal extra cost.

A $ 108 deposit is due at the time of application (this is included in the total program cost). Childcare is available at a minimal extra cost.


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