Mexico Solidarity Network

Program Availability: Fall and Spring Semesters

This program offers Hampshire students the opportunity to spend a semester traveling with the Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN) studying critical international grassroots alliances in the struggle for democracy, sovereignty, and economic and political justice. The Mexico Solidarity Network is committed to developing these grassroots alliances on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and organizing to promote dialogue and collective action for social change.

Through MSN, students can participate in a unique study abroad experience that will connect them with other community activists struggling for change in Mexico.

Academic Program

Zapatista OfferingThe Mexico Solidarity Network study abroad experience offers a dynamic, student-centered pedagogical approach combined with direct interaction with some of Mexico's most important social movements.

MSN's unique integration of theory and practice provides students with important lessons for organizing work back home and an in-depth appreciation of the struggles of:

  • Indigenous Communities [Chiapas]
  • Campesinos, Braceros, and organized sex workers [Tlaxcala]
  • Autonomous urban organizing around housing and culture [Mexico City]


Photo of offering to a fallen Zapatista on the Day of the Dead. Photo taken by GEO staff while visiting the program in the fall of 2007.

The program is a 13-week inter-disciplinary course. Semester breakdown by week:
Week 1: San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas-UniTierra
Weeks 2-6: Oventic, Chiapas-Zapatista community
Weeks 7-9: Tlaxcala-Campesino communities
Weeks 10-13: Mexico City, "Los Panchos" autonomous urban community

For more detailed program information, see MSN Study Abroad Program.

Term Dates

Fall Term: September-December
Spring Term: February-May 

Housing and Meals

A centerpiece of the Mexico Solidarity Network's study abroad program is your immersion in communities actively involved in political, economic, and cultural organizing. During the program your lodging includes:

  • Housing in rustic collective dormitories on the campus of the Universidad de la Tierra, a center for educating indigenous youth in practical trades [San Cristóbal, Chiapas]
  • Collective dormitories [Oventic, Chiapas]
  • Homestays with campesino families living at the base of La Malintze, one of Mexico's largest mountains [Toluca de Guadalupe, Tlaxcala]
  • Homestays in La Polvorilla, a cooperative that is part of Mexico's largest urban housing movement [Mexico City, Federal District]

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition Fees: Paid to Hampshire
  • Housing and Meals Fees: Paid in country; program fees cover your room, board, and ground transportation in Mexico.
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; travel insurance; and personal expenses. Students will receive a travel stipend to offset airfare costs.

MSN Spanish class
A Spanish class for Mexico Solidarity Network students in Toluca de Guadalupe. Photo taken by GEO staff while visiting the program in the fall of 2007.

Eligibility

This exchange program is available to qualified Hampshire students who are in good academic and behavioral standing. Detailed information on Hampshire eligibility requirements and policies is available under the Eligibility Requirements in the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook. If you are not a Hampshire student but interested in the Mexico Solidarity Network's programs, please apply directly through MSN.

Successful applicants will have completed at least one year of college Spanish or demonstrate equivalent mastery of the language.

 

How to Apply

  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application.  Call 413.559.5542 to make an appointment.
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).

Questions?

Contact the GEO program manager:

Katie Irwin
413.559.5542
kirwin@hampshire.edu

Faculty Contact

Margaret Cerullo
Professor of Sociology
School of Critical Social Inquiry
413.559.5514
mcerullo@hampshire.edu

 

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