Video by Dawn Albert
Berkeley Social Welfare students are reaching out to you today to request your support in helping 15 social welfare graduate students enrich their education through an amazing six-week international opportunity in Oaxaca, Mexico. Students in the program will spend their time refining Spanish language skills and working with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). These experiences will help them gain a better understanding of local health and mental health practices while helping those organizations reach their goals.
Poverty has forced Oaxacans to leave their home state for the past 40 years. It is estimated that there are upwards of 300,000 Oaxacan migrants in California according to the Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants. This international educational opportunity allows for social work students to gain necessary skills for better serving the Latino community in the United States.
While in Oaxaca, the students will:
Work with NGOs in an attempt to find effective interventions to the many national and local social, economic and political problems, such as forced migration
Learn from local community experts regarding indigenous practices, methods, beliefs and stories that relate to health and well-being so that the students can in turn use this knowledge to better serve the Latino community in California
Refine Spanish language skills by taking an intensive language course
Gain a transnational perspective that will shape our approach to providing services to Latino communities in the US
Your generous support will go directly towards covering room and board with Oaxacan families, tuition at the Becari Language School, and 15 percent will be donated to partner agencies.
By supporting this year’s students you will be supporting the work done by the following agencies:
- Centro de Esperanza Infantil
- EN VIA
- Museo Textil
- Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities/CBDIO)
- Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers in the Road)
Thank you for your time! We hope that you can help support this cause.