Academics

Mexico Encuentro Program

Dates: Friday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 21

Program Coordinators: Mr. Perry, Mr. Nielson, Mrs. Klickman, Mr. Reese

Program Description: In the 2018-2019 academic year, Jesuit Dallas students will have the opportunity to experience Mexican culture, Spanish language, and the intersection of faith and justice in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is our eleventh year partnering with the Jesuit “Instituto de Ciencias” high school and we are excited to present this as a unique travel opportunity for students in grades 10-12 from November 9-21, 2018.
Students will only miss one week of classes in Dallas and half of Thanksgiving break, returning the day before Thanksgiving. Students who apply to attend the program in Mexico in November and also agree to host their “brother” from Mexico at Jesuit Dallas as a host family in the spring, will have priority in the application process. Priority placement is also offered to those students who hosted this past year. Basic conversational Spanish or current enrollment in Spanish is required. While in Guadalajara, the ten Jesuit students and three faculty members will also participate in three community service efforts. These programs, one at a migrant center and two at nursing homes, will allow students to complete half of their required service experience for their grade level.
This program fulfills half of the grade level service requirement for the school year.

OBJECTIVES:
Students will more deeply understand and respect the linguistic, historical and cultural richness of Mexico
Students understand the interrelatedness of faith and justice and arrive at this intersection with a humble reverence and respect for the stories of those who they meet, whether on campus, at a service agency, or with their host family
Students develop the skills necessary to complete an internal inventory of their societal privileges and understand that this process should be ongoing
Students discover how to become contemplatives in action, recognizing the inherent link between prayer and action in their encounters with others
Students learn the skills necessary to reach beyond borders and form meaningful relationships with people from another cultural paradigm or community
Students translate learning into action by developing the capacity to authentically and freely give of their passions and talents in a way that is responsible
Students will be provided experiences that help them in their formation by developing their openness to growth, spirituality, physical fitness, and intellectual competence, all through experiencing the culture, history and beauty of Mexico

OVERVIEW:
You must be enrolled in Spanish OR have the necessary conversational skills.
Students should be in the possession of a valid passport that does not expire in less than one year. If you do not have a current passport, please apply and select the expedited feature.
Students will be responsible to fully participate in all dimensions of the experience including team meetings before travel, keeping a journal, group reflection, classroom time, and community service.

ITINERARY:
Departure from DFW on Friday, November 9th
Host family weekend activities
Three class days at the Mexican Jesuit high school
Three service and justice days
Sports, nature, and museum visits as a group
Arrival at DFW at 4pm on Wednesday, November 21
NOTE: Financial aid is available regardless of if a student is currently on aid at Jesuit.
The cost of the trip will be $1500 and includes:
Roundtrip airfare
Community service programs
Ground transportation
Travel insurance
Local guide services