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#Dreamers Can Study Abroad In Mexico

25 Dreamers from colleges and universities in LA offered a unique 3-week Travel-Study opportunity to visit Mexico

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: August 24, 2015


#Dreamers Can Study Abroad In Mexico


The California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program will offer 25 Dreamers from colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area a unique 3-week Travel-Study opportunity to visit Mexico from December 17, 2015 to January 11, 2016 with most expenses covered by a grant from JUNTOS PODEMOS to the California-Mexico Studies Center.

Program description:

The California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program is a demonstration project that builds upon the CMSC California-Mexico Dreamers Program (piloted during Spring Break 2015), and conceived to offer 25 DACA-protected Dreamers from various colleges and universities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, a 24-day travel-study experience in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Morelos. The proposed program intends to apply improvements to the pilot project, based on the lessons learned and a more rigorous academic program with an emphasis on perfecting Spanish language skills, and learning about Mexican culture and the DACA/DAPA process.

Program objectives:

‘«ů Improve upon the success of the CMSC's pilot, as a model for Dreamers Study Abroad Programs
‘«ů Establish the framework of a replicable model for U.S. institutions of higher education
‘«ů Continue and expand video and photo documentation of Dreamers' human stories
‘«ů Prepare Dreamers as ambassadors of the model, for them to replicate similar programs
‘«ů Train the participants to become advocates and providers of DACA/DAPA services
‘«ů Allow the Dreamers to spend 8-days in their communities of origin with their relatives
‘«ů Offer participants CSULB class credit and certification as DACA/DAPA advocates

Requirements:

To qualify applicants must have current DACA status, commit to assist other Dreamers upon return and meet all program requirements, including:

* Have a passport from the Dreamers' country of origin;
* Secure Advance Parole authorization from USCIS;
* Commit to travel and participate in all program activities;
* $1,500 for airfare, registration, tuition & Advance Parole fees;

The 25 participants selected will benefit from the California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program's educational and cultural experience as follows:

* College credit, Spanish and Mexican Culture instruction;
* Room & Board, field trips, meals and local transportation;
* Visit with family and discover Mexico during Christmas;
* Re-enter the U.S. legally and clear a prior unauthorized entry;
* Develop leadership skills to create similar programs or other projects that benefit Dreamers.

Participants will be required to apply by no later than September 15, 2015

Apply online at: www.california-mexicocenter.org/dreamers-application-form

For more information email Prof. Armando Vazquez-Ramos: californiamexicocenter@gmail.com

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