Join the Casa for our Post-Section Quaker Social Action in Mexico Learning Tour UPDATE: THIS TRIP IS FILLED! IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ANOTHER LEARNING TOUR IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT AMIGOS@CASADELOSAMIGOS.ORG.
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Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City, is offering a six-day Learning Tour led by the Casa team. The Tour is designed for Friends visiting Mexico for the Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas meeting. The Tour includes an overnight trip to a village in the state of Tlaxcala, east of Mexico City. This will be a powerful, educational and fun experience!
When: Monday afternoon, March 16, through Saturday morning, March 21 (5 nights). We will begin on the day following the final day of the FWCC meeting.
Where: The Valley of Mexico (Mexico City and surroundings)
Who: Participants in the Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas meeting from March 12 to 15
(other interested Quakers are welcome)
Why the Casa: Casa de los Amigos has more than a half-century of experience nurturing friendship, justice and peacework in Mexico City. We practice a deep, daily Hospitality, and have expertise coordinating the activities of international visitors of conscience in a Friends’ setting.
During the week following the Section of the Americas meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the city, enjoy fellowship with local Friends, and engage with the important issues in modern-day Mexico. You’ll learn about:
- MIGRATION: The roots, realities and complexities of the migratory phenomenon within Mexico, including a visit to a local migrant shelter that the Casa helps coordinate
- PEACE: Stories of families and friends resisting Mexico’s drug war, endemic violence and impunity
- THE MEXICAN COUNTRYSIDE: The struggle of rural communities for autonomy, and their cooperative work to provide water for all and protect their food against genetically-modified seeds and crops
- QUAKERS and SOCIAL ACTION: The amazing peacework of Casa de los Amigos, and the rich community of Mexico City Friends Meeting, and their historic work and witness in Mexico.
Goals: Through the unique lens of the Casa’s work and community, participants will learn about Mexican society and culture, politics and economics, and struggles for peace and justice in Mexico. Through direct contact with social actors, this Tour will provide a human face and a living, Quaker context to help you shape your understanding of people, communities and social movements in Mexico.
Activities: We will visit Casa partner organizations, and learn from and dialogue with activists working with social movements and non-profits. We will spend one night in a rural village in the neighboring state of Tlaxcala. We will have group reflections and debriefs, attend a called Meeting for Worship, and participate in the life of Casa de los Amigos. We will also be able to experience some of the vibrant life, incredible food and beautiful sights of our wonderful city.
Cost: $550 USD. This cost includes comfortable, simple housing at the Casa’s guesthouse, local and home-cooked food, private and public transportation, professional interpretation, and additional related costs. It does not include airfare. We’re asking for a $150 deposit to reserve your place by February 1st, 2015. Fundraising is encouraged: We hope you’ll look for ways to find support from your Meeting and other sources, and we can provide outreach materials to help. Additionally, please let us know if the cost of the trip represents a serious hardship.
Requirements and recommendations: The Learning Tour is limited to ten people. Participants must be 18 years old. Flexibility and good health are recommended, as plans sometimes shift in Mexico and we’ll be doing plenty of walking. Spanish-speakers are welcome; but the ability to speak Spanish is not necessary.
Security: We take safety very seriously in our work and lives. Mexico City is statistically safer than many cities in the United States. We live here and love it, and feel very comfortable moving around the city everyday. Casa de los Amigos welcomes over a thousand international guests each year to the city.
¡MUCHAS GRACIAS, TE ESPERAMOS AQUÍ EN LA CASA!