Your journey through the Mexican landscape will bring you in contact with the populace and connect you to the multitude of issues concerning their lives. Since the experience is dependant on the interests of its participants, the itinerary is subject to change, but these are a sample of the encounters in past trips.
To many of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, the idea of ownership and commodification of land is foreign and not part of the way they live; however, traditional land agreements have been disrespected by governments and multinational corporations, and as a result, many find themselves displaced or removed from the lands they once called home. Visit with members of these displaced communities to develop a deeper understanding of the strife of poverty in Mexico.
Meet with local farmers who struggle to make ends meet in a burdened economy. Having to compete with imported corn from north of the border due to the NAFTA agreement, the local farming industry is on a steep decline. Farmers are acting to preserve their way of life; for some this means traveling north to work as migrant workers in order to feed their families.
Learn about the struggles of youth and local resistance groups fighting against the mistreatment of the land and its people by Canadian mining companies and other multinational groups. Be inspired by the stories of the brave individuals who have voiced resistance and organized blockades in non-violent protest at their own risk, in a land where fear and intimidation mean to inhibit activism.
Take the opportunity to experience Caminando Unidos, an alternative education program designed to improve the lives of children and youth living in marginalized communities. With a focus on traditional subjects and life skills through a specialized curriculum that traces the history of humankind, the program builds community, connections and support through the philosophy that, at some point, we are all learners and we are all teachers.
The one who knows the most teaches the one who knows the least.
The older take care of the younger, the bigger take care of the smaller.
The only punishment is not learning, and the only prize is to be creative."
~ Monica, teacher in program
Through interaction with these groups and more, your visit to Mexico will become a truly transformative experience you are not likely to forget.