San Antonio and South

Immigration and Migration

San AntonioCome and experience life and diversity in the seventh largest city in the U.S. and along the U.S./Mexico border. Hear Spanish spoken; learn about Tejano and Mexican culture and history; volunteer in service learning placement; see and understand the needs and concerns of urban folks and farmworkers who travel yearly from South Texas to Ohio, and those living in the borderlands.

Possible work sites, speakers and visits topics in San Antonio include: topics related to specific career interests (e.g. education, health care, business, social service); needs of immigrant individuals and families; local Tejano art, murals, music and dance; poverty, hunger, homelessness, realities of living with immigration laws, cross-cultural awareness, racism, discrimination,  servanthood, and Christian commitment and service.

Possible activities in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas and the border include: discuss the realities of immigration and trade in the post-NAFTA era, work and visit with residents of colonias in the South Texas Valley and Reynoa, Mexico, volunteer and meet with refugees and new immigrants in the Valley/border, visit with farmworkers who travel between South Texas and Ohio, and meet with maquila workers in their homes.

Dates and costs
Dates: May 12-31 2015
Program fee: $1,500
Leader: Sally Weaver Sommer
18 students
Passport required

Contact
Elaine Suderman, Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs
Cross-cultural Program Office
College Hall second floor
sudermane@bluffton.edu
419-358-3360