The Mountain Sky Area will host a second language, cultural, liberation theology and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
This immersion trip will be led by Bishop Karen Oliveto and hosted through CILAC Freire, a small community of teachers, students and activists with the goal of promoting dialogue between Mexico and people of other cultures.
The trip will consist of daily Spanish language instruction, Mexican cultural activities (including the celebration of Día de los Muertos), a homestay with a local Mexican family, and visits to cultural, historic, and archaeological landmarks in the region. Social justice programming will also play a key role in this experience, including liberation theology, gender roles & LGBTQ issues.
Below are some remarks by the participants in the 2017 Immersion Trip:
“The Immersion Trip was an exciting experience for us. We had tried unsucessfully to learn Spanish previously. The school grouped us in classes according to our Spanish abilities-we were in the beginners class. We had very good teachers. The program provided trips to historic places to learn about the history of Mexico. The camaraderie we developed among the group has continued after our arrival back home." -Joanie and Jim Calhoun
"I learned that there is a very rich indigenous heritage we know nothing about in the US. I learned about the very real struggle to be heard and included. I experienced new and different ways of worship and mission-study that were really inspiring. The staff were absolutely great! Guided us through unique and varied experiences along with teaching us Spanish. I hope I get to go again this year." -Curtis Gay
"I very much enjoyed the Spanish Immersion trip to Cuernavaca and Cetlalic. I stayed in a home, was well-cared for, and was able to practice my Spanish many hours per day. The extra learnings about Mexican culture were great, and I loved the outings to interesting places. The teachers were fantastic in the way that they artfully turned our natural conversations into vocabulary and grammar lessons." -Kim James