The West Virginia Pre-College Study Abroad Program in Mexico
An exciting opportunity for West Virginia high school students to have a once-in-a-lifetime living and learning experience in Mexico.
The WVU Pre-College Study Abroad Program is an extraordinary opportunity for West Virginia high school students who have completed a minimum of two years of Spanish or the equivalent. The program is sponsored and coordinated by the WVU Extension Service, in cooperation with the WVU Office of International Programs.
Last year, this Web site was updated weekly with stories, photos, and information about Guanajuato, Mexico and our activities while there (see 1999 Impressions).
The name in Spanish for this very special study abroad program is LOS ESCALADORES. Los Escaladores are people who are moving forward by increasing their capabilities and knowledge; they are climbers who are scaling new heights. LOS ESCALADORES is a Spanish acronym that stands for the purpose of this program: Los Estudiantes Crecen Aprendiendo la Lengua y Ayudando en el Desarrollo de Optimos Resultados en Servicio. Students grow by learning the language and helping develop positive results in service.
The WVU Pre-College Study Abroad Program is being offered to help West Virginia high school students to:
The weeks in Guanajuato, Mexico, June 10-30, blend formal study, lectures and discussions, host family living, community service projects in partnership with Mexican high school students, field trips and social activities. The trip is preceded by three orientation and training workshops conducted at West Virginia University and around the state. Students are accompanied on the trip by a team of chaperones from West Virginia.
Thank you for your interest in our program. We plan to organize this trip annually. We hope to provide useful information for students, teachers, and youth development volunteers to use in Spanish clubs, 4-H clubs, and classroom activities.
Guanajuato, located 234 miles northwest of Mexico City, is the capital of the state of Guanajuato. The city of 90,000 people is known for its cultural charm, history, climate, and scenery. In 1988, UNESCO declared the city a world heritage zone.
The University of Guanajuato collaborates with West Virginia University on several teaching, research, and service projects. The University of Guanajuato was founded in 1732 and became a state university in 1945. The enrollment of 18,250 includes high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.Special thanks go to Rodolfo Argueta for help in developing this site.
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