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NMHU students join Oaxaca program

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By The Staff

Eighteen New Mexico Highlands students and teachers from across northern New Mexico will participate in the university’s fourth Oaxaca Study Abroad Program this month.

A major focus of the two-week program is intensive Spanish language study through intensive immersion via various activities and classes. The classes are taught totally in Spanish by the three Highlands professors accompanying the group: Sara Harris, Merryl Kravitz and Loretta Salazar. The program includes observations in rural bilingual schools, excursions to the renowned archeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla, and visits to historical museums and markets.

“The group returns on June 19 after two magical weeks in one of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial cities, which rests in a wondrous valley surrounded by majestic mountains, many indigenous languages and cultures, and warm, friendly Oaxaqueos,” Salazar said, noting Oaxaca is one of UNESCO’s cultural heritage sites.

The Oaxaca Study Abroad Program was endorsed officially by Highlands through a memorandum of understanding signed during the first Oaxaca Program in 2003. Vital to the program is this official connection with the Instituto Estatal de Educacin Pblica de Oaxaca, which collaborates with Highlands by serving as an official host.