Spanish-Language Theology, Culture, & Social Justice Immersion

Join fellow members of the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church for a two-week long cross-cultural immersion in Cuernavaca, Mexico from Aug. 28-Sept. 8, 2017. The goal of this trip is for participants to gain a better knowledge of the Spanish language, gain a clearer understanding of the complex cultural issues impacting the lives of Mexicans, and be challenged to experience the world from the perspective of marginalized Latino communities. 

Brochure for download

Trip highlights

Throughout the two weeks, participants will experience all of the following:

  • Daily intensive Spanish language instruction from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Mexican cultural activities and events
  • School visits
  • Educational courses on multiculturalism in the Mexican context
  • Theological and social justice programming (with specific focuses on liberation theology, gender roles, and LGBTQ inclusion)
  • Homestay opportunities with a local Mexican family
  • Archaeological site visit to Xochicalco

CETLALIC

The immersion is being hosted through  Centro Tlahuica de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural (CETLALIC), a Spanish language immersion program accredited by the Ministry of Public Education in the state of Morelos, Mexico. They are a small community of teachers, students, and activists, and their goal is to promote dialogue between Mexicans and people of other cultures. To learn more about CETLALIC, click here to visit the website.

Important details

  • Cost: $1,450 per person (Please note that cost includes room, board, and cultural heritage site fees. Cost does not include airfare.)
  • Flights need to be reserved in and out of Mexico City, Mexico, with arrivals on August 28 and departures on September 8
  • The program will be conducted entirely in Spanish. All levels of Spanish proficiency are welcome to participate and  previous knowledge of the Spanish language is not mandatory, but prior familiarity with the language will be beneficial. The following language resources may help with you language proficiency leading up to the event:
    • DuoLingo Free App (available for iPhone and Android)
    • Rosetta Stone
  • If you have any more questions, please email RMC Director of Mission and Ministry Youngsook Kang at youngsook@rmcumc.com

Registration

Please use the this link to register for this immersion experience. Registration, along with a $200 deposit, are due by July 1. Please make checks payable to the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church with "Immersion" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church

Re: Jessica Rodriquez

6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Transportation

Flights need to be reserved in and out of Mexico City, Mexico, with arrivals on August 28 and departures on September 8. Participants must arrive at the Mexico City airport between 1 and 3 p.m. Everyone will leave the airport to Cuernavaca at 6 p.m. If you wish to travel together with a group, contact Youngsook Kang.