Learning to Serve Spring Break Program in Petatlán, México

Posted on October 6th, 2013 by

Gusties on the beach near Petatán

Gusties on the beach near Petatán

Petatlán, México – March 29-April 6, 2014

The Learning To Serve Spring Break Program in Petatlán has been an amazing experience for many Gustavus students. This time, let it be you! On the program, you will work with the local community, stay as the guest of a Mexican family, and practice Spanish (no matter your level!) For more info: Email Annabel Landaverde (alandave) or call her at 933-7680 Or just keep reading!

Eligibility: Learning To Serve is open to ALL students!  Spanish is helpful, but not required.  Past student participants with little or no Spanish have flourished in the program, returning home with very transformative experiences! All are welcome.  

The Mission: The mission of the Learning To Serve program is to foster mutual understanding, friendship, and solidarity through people-to-people contact for the purpose of building intercultural competence, empathy, and peace between global communities.

What you will experience in Petatlán:
• SERVICE-LEARNING projects that bridge our local and global communities
• Cultural Immersion through a week-long HOMESTAY family experience;
•Opportunity to practice and apply your SPANISH-speaking skills;

The 2014 program will encompass three (3) service-learning projects:

1.  The execution of a health clinic /health promotion campaign in
2.  Language/Culture Buddies exchange with university students from the
Technological University Costa Grande in Petatlán.
3. A Sister City service project building community between St. Peter
and Petatlán.

Additional Program Highlights:
•Visit XIHUACAN – Petatlán’s famous pre-Hispanic archeological ruins;
•Help throw a farewell FIESTA (with dancing, music, and delicious food) for homestay families and local partners;
•Learn about SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION on Petatlán’s pristine Playa Valentín.
•Stay in beautiful beach BUNGALOWS on Playa Valentin!
•Share your experiences in Petatlan with the Gustavus and St. Peter communities!

To RESERVE your spot, submit a deposit of $250 along with a copy of your passport to the Center for Servant Leadership. Students will be accepted on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis until the program is filled.

Total Program Cost: US$ 1450-1550 (Estimate is approximate due to potential fluctuations in fuel costs – i.e. airfare, ground transportation, etc.) Final cost will be determined by February 2014

Photos below

Petatlán from the Church’s tower

Saving sea turtles on Playa Valentín


Near the beach bungalows on Playa Valentín


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