Sin Fronteras

Sin Fronteras - Oaxaca Summer Program

The Sin Fronteras - Oaxaca Summer Program is a comprehensive and integrated learning program conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico as a service-learning course, SOC WEL 272: Health and Human Services in Mexico. The course is intended for Social Work students interested in deepening their understanding of effective and culturally responsive international social work practice. 

While in Oaxaca, the students will:

  • Work with NGOs 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;

  • Refine Spanish language skills by taking an intensive language course; and

  • Gain a transnational perspective that will shape their approach to providing services to Latinx communities in the US.


Eligibility Requirements 

  • Participants must be continuing graduate students at Berkeley Social Welfare or another school of social work in California. UC Berkeley graduate students from other departments are also eligible (e.g. Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Education, Psychology) 

  • Participants must speak Spanish at an intermediate level or higher.  A verbal and written Spanish language assessment is required of all participants before the start of the program.  

  • Participants must register for the 3-unit Berkeley Summer Sessions SOC WEL 272 course and enroll in BECARI’s summer program.


Sin Fronteras Application 

The 2021 Virtual Sin Fronteras Summer Program application is now closed. Applications to the 2022 Sin Fronteras- Oaxaca, Mexico Summer Program will become available in mid-December and posted on this site. 


Sin Fronteras LCOEBH Stipend Program

Every summer, our Center offers a limited number of Sin Fronteras LCOEBH stipends to Latinx MSW students. The Sin Fronteras LCOEBH stipend is intended to support students' training in culturally responsive social work practice with Latinx communities.  Applications for the Sin Fronteras and the Sin Fronteras LCOEBH Stipend are due concurrently.