IERC: International Education and Research Center

Program Costs:

The deadline to register and make a $400.00 US DLLs non-refundable deposit for the program is June 8, 2007.

The total cost of the program is $3,150.00 US DLLs per person. Payment in full must be received by July 2, 2007.

IERC reserves the right to cancel the program at a full refund, up to two weeks prior to the starting date.


Program Includes:

15 nights in a Mexican home stay, with breakfast and snack included each day;

5 nights hotel in Puebla and Oaxaca with breakfast;

All entrance fees to museums; all transportation costs that are a part of the program; all lectures and Spanish classes, including the Spanish placement exam;

Orientation Package;

A welcome lunch, a lunch in Puebla, and the Fiesta Mexicana farewell dinner;

Some learning materials


Spanish and Cross-Cultural Training for Educators

July 15th to August 4th, 2007

A three-week training program specifically designed for educators, which includes:

  • Spanish Classes
  • Lectures on Contemporary Issues of International Education
  • Site visits in Mexico City
  • Hands-on learning experiences through travel in Mexico and interactions with Mexican educators

From July 15 to August 4, 2007, the International Education and Research Center (IERC) offers a special opportunity for educators from schools and universities interested in international, multicultural education to join a unique and exciting training program. The program includes:

Week One: You will receive orientation instructions, a Spanish placement exam, and will initiate with your Spanish classes. During this week, you will visit Mexico City’s historical center, the Basilica of Guadalupe, the Teotihuacán pyramids, as well as private and public schools. Lectures throughout the week will cover topics related to international educational issues faced by educators in Mexico and the US, as well as discussions on cultural realities.

Week Two: You will visit pertinent historical, educational and cultural sites in Puebla and Oaxaca. Your Spanish classes will be held “on the road” and you will be able to apply your knowledge as you travel to these fascinating areas of Mexico. Lectures will include discussions on multi-ethnic and multi-lingual topics with experts in those fields.

Week Three: The last week of the program will again be spent in Mexico City, where your Spanish classes will be combined with additional lectures and site visits, including film and literature discussions and visits to Coyoacán and the Dolores Olmedo museum. Your program ends with a typical Fiesta Mexicana, where you can celebrate all that has been learned throughout this unique experience.

Spanish and Cross-Cultural Training Program Schedule:

July 5th to August 4th - Summer 2007

    • Lectures on:
      "Indigenous Realities of Mexico"
      "Indigenous Education and it's Challenges"
      "Unions and Education: Oaxaca as a Case Study"
      Students will be given specific Spanish assignments that have to be completed in Oaxaca.

  • July 25, Wednesday:
    • Spanish session with group activities
    • Visit to Monte Alban
    • Visit to Mitla
    • Visit to site where Mexican handicrafts are produced
    • Lecture on:
      Formal versus Practical Education in Mexico: Food for Thought within the Global Educational Arena
  • July 26, Thursday:
    • Afternoon return to Mexico City
  • July 27, Friday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Afternoon free
  • July 28, Saturday:
    • Visit to the Dolores Olmedo Museum
    • Visit to Coyoacán (participants may choose to see the Frida Kahlo and/or Diego Rivera Museum)
      Students will be given specific Spanish assignments that have to be completed throughout the day.
  • July 29, Sunday:
    • Free day
  • July 30, Monday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Lectures on:
      International Education Programs in Mexico: The International Baccalaureate
      Internationalizing Curricula
    • Visit with an expert on International Baccalaureate programs in Mexico
  • July 31, Tuesday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Task assignments in Spanish that will take participants on an exploratory adventure
    • Latin American film presentation with lecture
  • August 1, Wednesday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Lecture on:
      The Philosophy of Freire: Applying his Teachings to Reality
      Book and/or paper discussion: Participants will have chosen a book or article to read at the beginning of the program that is relevant to their Mexican experience; during this discussion, participants will present their assignment to co-participants
  • August 2, Thursday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Afternoon free
  • August 3, Friday:
    • Spanish class and Spanish evaluation with presentations by participants showing their learning experience throughout this program.
    • Round-Table talks regarding participants’ experiences throughout their Mexico trip
    • Farewell Fiesta Mexicana dinner
  • August 4, Saturday:
    • Transfer to airport for departure flights
  • July 15, Sunday:
    • Arrival and transfer to home stays
  • July 16, Monday:
    • Orientation Session
    • Spanish evaluation and placement
    • Discussion: Why this program is important for educators?
    • Lecture On: “The Philosophy of Freire and the Humanist Approach to Education
    • Turibus: trip around Mexico City with a stop at Mexico’s historical center and visit of the Cathedral, the Templo Mayor and the National Palace
    • Lunch in the historical center of Mexico City with a lecture on
      The Idiosyncrasies of Mexico
  • July 17, Tuesday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Lectures on:
      General Cultural Differences Between the U.S. and Mexico
      US and Mexican Education in Comparative Perspective
      Private versus Public Education in Mexico
      Urban and Rural Realities of Mexican Education
    • Visit of one private school
    • Visit of one public school
  • July 18, Wednesday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Lectures on:
      The Principles of Separation of Church and State in Mexico: A Historic Overview
      The Role and Realities of Religious Education in Mexico
    • Visit to the Basilica of Guadalupe
    • Visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán
  • July 19, Thursday:
    • Spanish classes
    • Lectures on:
      Challenges of Multilingual Education
      Cross-Cultural Issues in Education
      Specific Issues for Teaching Foreign Born Hispanics
    • Round-table discussion with Mexican TESOL teachers on “Challenges and Issues faced in bi-lingual education systems”.
  • July 20, Friday:
    • Spanish Classes
    • Afternoon Free
  • July 21, Saturday:
    • Departure for Cholula and Puebla
    • Tour of the Universidad de las Américas in Cholula
    • Visit to the Pyramid of Cholula
    • Lunch in Puebla
    • Walking tour of Puebla
      Throughout the day, Spanish will be practiced and applied.
  • July 22, Sunday:
    • Question and Answer Session
    • Summary of Learning Experience to date
    • Rest of the day free
  • July 23, Monday:
    • Visit of a school in Puebla
    • Spanish discussions and activities with students
    • Departure for Oaxaca
  • July 24, Tuesday:
    • Question and answer session