You are invited to live and learn in autonomous, indigenous communities in the misty highlands and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast. These vibrant Zapatista communities and civilian centers will welcome you with warm and open hearts.
Upcoming travel opportunities: Most Schools for Chiapas trips involve rustic living in breathtakingly beautiful locations with interesting and involved people from many countries. We also sponsor caravans and delegations based out of comfortable hotels in colonial cities near indigenous communities. No special language skills are required as full translations are always provided collectively.
Specialty Trips: Schools for Chiapas also organizes study trips, work delegations and activists' caravans for community, labor, high school, university, church, and specific interest groups. Since 1994 Schools for Chiapas has organized dozens of trips involving thousands of people from more than thirty countries to Mayan locations throughout the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Frequently asked travel questions: Please read this sections carefully and let us know if one of your questions (or those of your family and friends) has been left unanswered!
Application for travel: Sign up now for a trip which is already scheduled ~ or help us organize a special program to help you meet the Zapatistas on your own schedule!
Current and past participants: Meet folks who have traveled with Schools for Chiapas; and perhaps you’ll want to publish your own photo, poem, and comment as you get ready to join us in Mexico!
Language study program: You can study Spanish or an indigenous language directly inside a civilian Zapatista center. Your tuition will be used to support autonomous, indigenous education.
Little Yellow School Bus for Peace in Chiapas: Learn more about this Schools for Chiapas icon which has traveled many times between the USA and Mexico making friends in cities, towns, and rural areas.
What to bring to Chiapas: Everything you’ve forgotten since you first traveled to summer camp!