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Written by aidicula on 17 Apr, 2007
The Mexico study abroad center at the University of North Texas hosts trips to Mexico about four or five times a year. I took part in one such program over the spring break of 2005. We were to visit Mazamitla, a small town in the…Read More
The Mexico study abroad center at the University of North Texas hosts trips to Mexico about four or five times a year. I took part in one such program over the spring break of 2005. We were to visit Mazamitla, a small town in the heart of Mexico. The objective of the trip was to introduce us to the culture and people of Mexico.Syl Flores, the director of our Mexico study abroad center, has undertook various projects in Mazamitla and was working towards making a model of that small town. He has convinced the education department of Mexico and the US to build a high school in Mazamitla, under Dallas ISD. Who goes to that school? There are resident American students that study at the school. There are students from the town of Mazamitla that receives education at the school. Some of Syl’s students have volunteered to stay at Mazamitla for a semester to teach them English. In the previous years, the students of the University of North Texas has initiated many programs in Mazamitla, including the creation of a park. Mazamitla was also to host an international conference on ‘poverty: the face of the modern day slave’ in may of 2005. Mazamitla also has its own municipal gazette, partly sponsored by the University of North Texas along with the underground railroad freedom center based in Seattle. Our spring break team to Mazamitla also attended the inauguration of a second school made to reality by the joint efforts of the freedom center and the University of North Texas.The trip did help me win a scholarship and better yet, to publish my name in the national dean’s list. It also helped me to realize what I really want to do with my life- to help people help themselves. If you are planning to visit Mazamitla, prepare yourself for long walks. The best way to explore the town is on foot. Don't forget the park, the hot dog stand and the flea market held every Monday; and if you like butterflies, the park for monarch butterflies is not that far away. Close