January 15 - 27, 2023


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This program is for women and men interested in studying Spanish while about Mexican culture, politics, and economics through the lens of women's experiences and struggles for social justice. Study how women from various backgrounds (i.e. Indigenous, students, workers) have been affected by the neoliberal model of globalization and the kinds of mobilizations they have initiated or participated in. Establish and strengthen links between women of different countries (whose lives in an increasingly globalized world are more interrelated than ever) by sharing our respective struggles for justice and equality.


* Activities on Women & Social Change:

Talks, videos and visits with women and grassroots projects are scheduled during the afternoon. Themes will be approached "from below" by spending time with activist groups and with an orientation towards social change.



* 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.

* 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
  • The culture of Mexico and gender roles in contemporary Mexican society
  • A weekend excursion trip
  • Politics and the recent elections
  • Dance 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.





Weekend Excursions


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.




For more information on "Winter Women and Social Change in Mexico", please contact us: