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Summer: Rutgers- Culture and Community Health in Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Oaxaca, the capital city of the southern Mexican state of the same name, contains a fabulous wealth of pre-colonial heritage sites, as well as colonial and contemporary architecture. Aside from its historical treasures, the city is also known for its cobbled streets, shaded squares, colonial churches, and busy markets. The city has some outstanding restaurants, cafés, and bars, too, together with top-notch museums, art galleries, and numerous festivals. A little further afield, don’t miss the Mesoamerican architecture of Monte Alban, where some 25,000 Zapotecs (the original inhabitants of Oaxaca) once made their homes.
It is strongly encouraged that participants in the program have some prior knowledge of Spanish (either at high school or college level). Applicants with no prior study of Spanish are still encouraged to apply, but should note that available spots may first be offered to applicants with higher language proficiency.
To view the syllabus for this program, please click here. Please note, this is a sample syllabus, and all contents are subject to change.
The Culture and Community Health in Mexico program aims to expand awareness of health issues in Oaxaca, Mexico and among the Mexican immigrant community in New Jersey. Students will provide community service in a variety of public health programs in Oaxaca. In addition they will participate in a seminar on the medical anthropology of Mexico, a course in medical Spanish, an integrative seminar linking community service with course readings, and cultural excursions.
Students on this program will enroll in two 3-credit classes:
Community Health Seminar
A seminar on the medical anthropology of Mexico, combined with volunteer service in local community health organizations, and a weekly 3 hour reflection seminar on community health experiences. Service placements include work in rural health clinics, in programs for the elderly, in services that support people who are HIV positive, and organizations that promote public health.
Students will be placed at the appropriate language level at Amigos del Sol Language School in Oaxaca. Your grade in the course on Medical Spanish will be based upon homework assigned by the teacher, and pre- and post-assessment by the Language School.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program will include several weekend excursions. Past excursions have included:
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed with a host family in Oaxaca, in single or shared rooms with access to bathroom facilities. If you have a roommate, he or she will be another student on the Rutgers program. Bed linens and a pillow are provided. Your particular placement is made at the discretion of in-country staff; however, if you have special needs, such as dietary restrictions, please let your program manager know in advance.
Students will be provided with three meals daily from their Oaxacan host family, seven days a week. This will include a light breakfast before going to class or community service placements; a mid-afternoon comida, typically the largest meal of the day; and a cena, a light evening meal after returning from Spanish class or other activities. Homestay families will work with students with special dietary needs and adjust to each day's schedule of activities.
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the fall semester.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2016, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about study abroad finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.