CETLALIC Progressive Spanish Language School in Cuernavaca, Mexico
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Women of different cultures sharing experiences at CETLALIC.


I love CETLALIC! I love its commitment to raising social consciousness.
The various cultural activities in conjuction with language instruction helped me to get a richer feel for the life and culture of Mexico.
Rev. Amy Walter-Peterson,
Davis CA


Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, human rights activist, zapatista supporter and first
woman candidate for Mexico's
presidency, cordially received
us in her home and chatted with us.


I was very delighted with the political feel of the school.
Rachel Friedman, New York, NY


Form long-lasting friendships as you study and share at CETLALIC.


Mar y Agus, Women's Program
Coordinators, 2004.




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Women and Social Change in Mexico
Winter: January TBA, 2017 OR
Summer: July 9 - 22, 2016

Learn about Mexican culture, politics, and economics through the lens of women´s experiences and struggles for social justice. Study how women from various backgrounds (i.e. Indigenous, students, workers) have been affected by the neoliberal model of globalization and the kinds of mobilizations they have initiated or participated in. Establish and strengthen links between women of different countries (whose lives in an increasingly globalized world are more interrelated than ever) by sharing our respective struggles for justice and equality.


* Classes:
Intensive language instruction, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are evaluated and placed at the appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each class.

* Activities on Women & Social Change:
Talks, videos and visits with women and grassroots projects are scheduled during the afternoon. Themes will be approached "from below" by spending time with activist groups and with an orientation towards social change.

Themes may include:

  • NAFTA, globalization, and "neoliberalism" in Mexico as well as the independent labor movement and maquiladoras
  • Zapatismo and the struggles of Indigenous women
  • Feminism, women's health, alternative medicine, sexual and reproductive rights and the lesbian movement in Mexico
  • Alternative media and a visit to a women's video collective
  • The 1990/2000 student movement and strike at UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • Politics and the recent elections
  • Liberation Theology and Christian Base Communities
  • Globalization and the environment

Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when necessary.

Weekend Excursions

  • Xochicalco ruins
  • Taxco silver mining town


With Mexican Family provides a vibrant sense of the Mexican people and makes the course more personal and profound. It also provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in everyday situations.. We offer homestays with gays and lesbians in Cuernavaca community. All CETLALIC families are gay and lesbian friendly (Note: hotel or apartment accommodations are also available upon request).

COST: $1,438 USD


For more information on "Women and Social Change in Mexico" please contact:

Martha Mata

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