San Antonio/South Texas

Come and experience life and diversity in the 7th largest city in the United States. San Antonio is located along the US/Mexico border. Hear Spanish spoken; learn about Tejano and Mexican culture and history; volunteer in service-learning placements; see and understand the needs and concerns of urban folks, farmworkers who travel yearly from south Texas to Ohio, and those living in the borderlands. Some familiarity of Spanish is very useful, but not required.

The San Antonio/South Texas experience will include visits, speakers and activities on subjects such as:

  • 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, perspectives, racism, discrimination
  • An understanding of faith through the experience of trauma
  • Servanthood, Christian commitment and service
  • Discuss the realities of immigration and trade
  • Work and visit with residents of colonias in the south Texas valley and Reynosa, Mexico
  • Volunteer and meet with refugees and new immigrants in the valley/border
  • Visit with farmworkers who travel between South Texas and Ohio
  • Meet with maquila workers in their homes

Note: While we are planning toward cross-cultural experiences in May 2021, we will need to continue to monitor evolving conditions in the United States and other countries in the spring. There may be requirements for vaccinations that could emerge over the next months. We will stay in communication with students.

Leader: Paul Neufeld Weaver
Dates: May 18 - June 5 
Program fee: $1,750
Deposit: $300 due Nov. 20
14 students
Passport book or card required - valid for 6 months beyond return travel date

Elaine Suderman, Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs