Alternative travel experiences for people-of-conscience.
Join us in the misty mountains and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast. Every “Schools for Chiapas” trip provides excellent opportunities to meet, and personally interact with, the contemporary Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico. Your trip fees support Zapatista educational programs in literacy, health, ecology, and commercialization. No special language skills are required as full translations are always provided collectively.
Most Schools for Chiapas trips involve rustic living in breathtakingly beautiful locations with interesting and involved people from many countries. Occasionally, we offer trips which are based in comfortable hotels with day trips to the autonomous, indigenous communities (read Zapatista) in the misty highlands and steamy jungles of the Mexican southeast.
Schools for Chiapas also regularly organizes specially designed study trips, volunteer working delegations and activists' caravans for community, labor, high school, university, church, and specific interest groups. As of this writing (Nov. 2009) Schools for Chiapas has organized over eighty trips involving thousands of people from more than thirty countries to locations throughout the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Plant a seed of hope and learn about sustainable agriculture from the people who invented corn. Participants in Delegation #112 may meet with students and promoters of ecological agriculture and production who specialize in fields such as: corn, bees, natural plague control, coffee, and others. To take our knowledge beyond that of intellectual understanding, we will assist in projects relating to the preservation of the natural environment and the people who live closest to it.
Sunday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013
Learn about the top two priorities of the Zapatista movement (education and health) and how their volunteer, rotating, elected, civilian government carries them out. Participans in Delegation #113 may meet with education and health activists as well as the civilian governments who oversee them. Delegates will gain an understanding of the inner workings of the Zapatista government structures and how they have created autonomous systems to advance their communities. There will be an optional service project in conjunction with this trip. In addition, delegations my choose an city based option and stay in a comfortable hotel taking day trips into Zapatista communities.
We offer regularly scheduled trips through out the year but, if you are looking for an alternative date or special focus, you should schedule your own trip. We'll need a few months advance notice, but will be delighted to work with you and your group to create a memorial experience exploring the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico.
Side trips are available to ancient Mayan cities can also be arranged.