Tri-National Indigenous Rural Tourism and Community
STUDY ABROAD IN MEXICO
$5000 scholarships available!
Several $5000 scholarships are available for qualified UNM students to study at 2 universities in Mexico: the Universidad
Tecnólogica de la Selva, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, and the Universidad Tecnológica del Valle del Mezquital, Hidalgo,
The goal of the exchange is to broaden cultural and academic experience beyond one’s own country to include a greater
understanding and appreciation of the indigenous cultures of North America.
Students will strengthen language skills, gain practical community-service experience, and will increase their understanding of
cultural values in the US and Mexico. While abroad, students will gain important cross-border employment skills, and reach a
level of global competency, which is so important in today’s world.
A problem shared in both the US and Mexico is persistent indigenous community poverty and high unemployment. Special
tourism programs have provided valuable economic alternatives that minimize negative environmental and cultural impacts on
communities. Tourism and community development can offer sustainable programs that respect strong community values and
belief systems, while preserving ecosystems in indigenous communities.
Both indigenous and non-indigenous students who are interested in learning about or working with indigenous cultures are
encouraged to apply. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an International Certificate. Students
should have taken 4 semesters of Spanish and be at a 300 level when they apply.
The deadline for Fall is April 1 or September 15 for Spring. For more information please contact Jorge Garcia
(email@example.com) at El Centro de la Raza, 505-277-1922, or Robyn Cote (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Latin American
and Iberian Institute, 505-277-6843, MSC02 1690, 801 Yale NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001.
Universidad Tecnológica de la Selva is located in the beautiful Ocosingo Valley in the state of Chiapas, near the Mayan ruins of Tonina,
Palenque, Bonampak, and Yaxchilan. It is one hour from the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Population: 36,000
Universidad Tecnológica del Valle del Mezquital (Ixmiquilpan). The Valle del Mezquital is located in a warm, dry, high plateau, near the
state capital of Pachuca, and near the archaeological site of Tula, surrounded by Otomi, Nahua and Tepehua indigenous communities.
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE)
North American Mobility Program