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Winter: Rutgers- Empowerment through Community Engagement in the Yucatán
Merida, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
The tranquil, colonial city of Mérida is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatán, and home to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, which will host this program. Mérida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore.
To view the syllabus for this program, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
This course provides students with the historical and current information on vulnerable populations in the Yucatán and the education and practice of social work in Mexico. The course of study and service learning will emphasize knowledge and skill-building in community engagement and development that is specific to social work practice in Mexico, specifically, and Latin America, more broadly. Community development and empowerment for addressing discrimination and oppression is a special strength of social work in Spanish-speaking countries in contrast to US models that emphasize more individualistic approaches to problem-solving. Comparative research on the efficacy of different models will be explored. Lectures from Social Work faculty at UADY, field visits and international service learning opportunities will engage students directly with clients, faculty, students and practitioners in public and private social services agencies, local traditional healers and religious community groups.
To view the program’s tentative 2016 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Visits to sites of cultural and ecological relevance will be incorporated into the program itinerary to give students an introduction to the unique cultural and biological landscape of the Yucatán. Planned excursions include the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Celestún Biosphere Reserve.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be hosted at the Hotel El Castellano in double rooms. Group lunches will be provided for all participants during the two excursions; students will be responsible for purchasing the remainder of their meals in country during the program.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
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 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.