Mexican Culture and Topics on Education Summer Trip 2016
Puebla, Mexico - Sunday July 24 to Saturday July 30, 2016
This trip is designed to give educators, responsible for teaching students from Mexico and Latin America, the opportunity to:
Experience the culture
Understand the barriers to education that these students face
Have a first hand encounter in one of the regions of Mexico where some of the students in Cincinnati come from
Understand the systems of higher education and visit some Universities
Understand the cultural expectations of all students to succeed in school
Date: July 24 to July 30 , 2016
Minimum persons: 10
Dayton, OH to Mexico City - 6:30 AM
Arrive MEX 12:10 PM
Mexico to Dayton, OH - 1:15 PM
Arrive Dayton 8:45 PM
You may purchase your own airfare but you need to arrive Mexico Airport (MEX) and meet the group at 1:00 PM on July 24th, 2016 and for departure you would need to leave after 12:00 PM on July 30, 2016.
Cost Includes: Airfare, Transportation, All meals (in Mexico), Lodging, Workshops, Site Visits and Tours.
There are 60,000 Hispanics in the southwest region of Ohio. 68% of this population is from Mexico and Guatemala. Cincinnati Public Schools serves 35,000 Students. 3,000 of these students are ELL Students. Out of those 3,000 a large percent of them come from Mexico and northern region of Guatemala. Having an understanding of the culture, family dynamics, social and emotional barriers and experiencing where these families come from, will help educators develop better teaching techniques.
We will be visiting the city of Puebla.
We will travel through Mexico City and Puebla. Our accommodations will be in a hotel setting, with double occupancy rooms. Transportation will be in the form of Minivan or Local Bus. Workshops and Presentations will be provided by Government officials, teachers, community leaders and local families. Site visits will include trips to villages, rural schools, churches, homes, government buildings and natural landmarks.
We will also have the opportunity to eat at local restaurants, shop in the markets, visit ancient ruins and tour certain parts of the region. We will fly into Mexico City (MEX) and travel to Puebla. We will stay in Puebla between Sunday and Friday. We will travel to Mexico City on Saturday morning. We leave Mexico on Saturday July 30.
UPDATE: This trip was amazing!! we had 16 participants!!
$200 Deposit due at sign-up
50% of total cost due May 1, 2016
Final Payment is due June 10, 2016
Accommodations are still being finalized, we will notify you with a full itinerary as soon as we have it finalized.
Arrive Guatemala on Sunday July 24
Travel to Mexico and stay in a Hotel for 4 nights
During this time we will hear from Local Officials, Teachers, Social Workers
We will take field trips to villages, schools, homes and landmarks
Depart to Mexico on Friday and stay at a Hotel for ONE nights
Learn about Mexico History by spending a structured day in the largest city in Central America
Also, please remember to:
Check the validity of your passport
Visit your primary physician if you have any concerns regarding your travels, immunization, vaccines, boosters, medications etc...
Pack Appropriately, Guatemala is the Land of eternal spring, and that means that we get to enjoy weather like a typical spring day in Cincinnati
To make a payment on this trip or to sponsor someone going on this trip, please use our donation button and include the name of the participant on the note section.
The best way to make a payment is to Mail a check or Money order to our address:
Amigo Ministries, 1357 Wittekind terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Background and Additional Information:
Puebla, also known as Puebla City, is the seat of Puebla Municipality, the capital and largest city of the state of Puebla, and one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. A colonial era-planned city, it is located southeast of Mexico City and west of Mexico's main Atlantic port, Veracruz, on the main route between the two in Central Mexico.
The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means "where serpents change their skin", in between of two of the main indigenous settlements at the time, Tlaxcala and Cholula. This valley was not populated in the 16th century as in the pre-Hispanic period; this area was primarily used to the "flower wars" between a number of populations.Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city is also famous for mole poblano, chiles en nogada and Talavera pottery. However, most of its economy is based on industry.
Being both the fourth largest city in Mexico and the fourth largest Metropolitan area in Mexico, it has a current population of 3,000,123 people, the city serves as one of the main hubs for eastern Central Mexico. Many students come from all over the country to study in its many renowned and prestigious colleges like BUAP, UDLAP, Ibero, UPAEP, Tecnologico de Monterrey, etc. The city is also important because of its industry, with the world's largest Volkswagen factory outside of Germany.
Puebla features a Subtropical highland climate. The climate is moderated by its high altitude of 2,200 m (7,217.85 ft). As a result, it rarely gets truly hot in Puebla, with an average of only three days seeing temperatures rise above 29 °C (84 °F). Night temperatures are cool at all times of the year, often requiring additional clothing. Puebla experiences a dry season from November through April and a rainy season from May–October. The valley has a temperate climate while the higher elevations have cold climates. Most rain falls in the summer and early fall. El Cinco de Mayo (The fifth of May) - Every year on 5 May, Puebla celebrates the defeat of invading French troops here in 1862. Celebrations include several days of concerts, lectures, other cultural activities. On the 5th itself, there is a very large parade and a re-enactment of the battle. The parade includes Mexican Army, Navy, Special Forces and soldiers dressed in period uniform. The military displays tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers. Civilian participation includes school bands, students and floats, both from Mexico and from abroad. Although celebrated in the United States, this holiday is not widely observed in other parts of Mexico.