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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.
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.
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.
Students on this program will enroll in two 3-credit classes:
Community Health (3 credits)
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.
Medical Spanish (3 credits)
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.
It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.
A preliminary version of the program's 2016 syllabus is available here. Please note this is a preliminary syllabus, and all of its contents are subject to change.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program will include three weekend excursions.
Arrival: May 31st
Departure: July 3rd
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
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 2016 will be updated by mid-fall semester.
Program Costs: Summer 2016
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Community Health in Mexico Expenses Worksheet:
Oaxaca Summer 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about 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 Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
New Brunswick Chancellor's Scholarship for Service Learning Abroad- the office of the Chancellor of New Brunswick's multi-year commitment to supporting international service learning opportunities for students. Scholarships of $1,000 - $2,500 will be allocated based on a combination of financial need, academic merit, and stated purpose for choosing an international service learning program.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
SEBS International Summer Scholarships- Available to SEBS students only. For more information please visit the SEBS Scholarships web page.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.
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