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Afula-Gilboa, Israel   |   Amalfi, Italy    |   Avignon, France   |   Freetown, Sierra Leone
Hue, Vietnam   |   León, Nicaragua    |   Tetlanohcan, Mexico

Study Spanish in a unique immersion program in Tetlanohcan, Mexico. July 1st to August 12th, 2011.

Still* looking for something to do this summer?

*Want* to practice your Spanish skills while supporting a *community in resistance*?

Then…Come study at ARRIBA SAN PANCHO! Spanish School for Social Justice at the Migrant Family Support Center in Tetlanohcan, Mexico. 

July 1st to August 12th, 2011.

The Migrant Families Support Center (CAFAMI) is located in the quaint highland village of San Francisco Tetlanohcan, in the central state of Tlaxcala, Mexico. CAFAMI is a community-based and run project of the international organization IIPSOCULTA, whose mission is building conditions for equity and social justice in the United States and Latin-America through the means of popular education, organizing, and solidarity work.

CAFAMI opens its doors during the summer months to students interested in learning Spanish. Spanish School ¡Arriba San Pancho! is a 6-week program, from July 1st to August 12th. During the six weeks students live in a home of a village family. Students will spend 25 hours a week attending individual and group Spanish classes at CAFAMI. Spanish teachers at CAFAMI are themselves community members, and are chosen because of their professional degrees as well as their interest in working in their community. Important themes in the curriculum are social justice, local customs, and the preservation of indigenous heritage.

In addition to language classes, the volunteers and families who run CAFAMI are waiting to share their village and customs with you. Included are weekly classes in Nahuatl, the indigenous language of the region, excursions to local farms, markets, archeological sites, and well as hikes up the volcano La Malinche. Important festivals will also be celebrated in highest regard.

The program costs $245 a week. Of your weekly tuition, a percentage will go to pay the Spanish teacher, to pay your host family, and the rest goes to program costs.

Your support as Spanish language students directly benefits the community San Francisco Tetlanohcan in its resistance to the negative effects of migration. Hundreds of residents of San Francisco migrate to the United States every year looking for income to support their families. Those left in San Francisco have come together to look for alternatives to migration that can help grow their community. The Spanish School ¡Arriba San Pancho! is one of these alternatives. Your unforgettable experience learning Spanish in San Francisco Tetlanohcan will bring income to the village and will also allow its community members to remain with their families and in their land.

Join us this summer at*

*Spanish School Arriba San Pancho!*

*See our add at

Click on the links below for photos and videos of IIPSOCULTA, CAFAMI, and San Francisco Tetlanohcan:

*E-mail us at to request an application.  

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