Be part of the global Call to Serve movement for volunteerism in Mexico City with Dartmouth alumni and friends.

Volunteer in low-income schools in the Mexico City area and be part of classroom life through the Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE). The trip, which will include a maximum of 15 travelers, and a minimum of 10 travelers, is hosted by the Dartmouth Alumni Relations and Dartmouth’s Rassias Center. Learn more about Rassias and IAPE.

Itinerary

Arrival at Mexico City Airport. Transfer to a cozy, centrally-located in approved taxis chosen by airport host. Welcome at the hotel by host and welcome dinner.

The day will begin with breakfast and an overview of Mexico City,  and guided orientation to the neighborhood, immediate neighborhoods, and to the schools where work will be done. SIMPLE Spanish language review or introduction if needed. Dinner with a local Dartmouth alumna.

First day in school: Volunteer in schools (about 3.5 hours), eat lunch at location(s) (in school/with principal/with teachers), and enjoy pre-dinner activities such as neighborhood tours on the way home to the hotel.

Volunteer in schools (about 3.5 hours), eat lunch at location(s) (in school/with principal/with teachers), and enjoy pre-dinner activities such as neighborhood tours on the way home to the hotel.

Volunteer in schools (about 3.5 hours), eat lunch at location(s) (in school/with principal/with teachers), participate in volunteer graduation, and enjoy pre-dinner activities such as neighborhood tours on the way home to the hotel.

All-day tour of Mexico City’s historic center, Coyoacán, as well as the museums of Chapultepec Park. Evening farewell reception.

 Departure for those leaving the trip.

Language in Country

Opportunities will be provided to hone and practice Spanish skills. Beginners are heartily encouraged to start their learning process  as well.

Security

While Mexico City is considered secure on most levels, it will be necessary, when traveling in a larger group, to use chartered and approved buses.  

Pricing

Includes accommodations, transportation, and all meals. Airfare is excluded.

  • $1,600 per person for a double room
  • $120 additional pricing for a single supplement

A 20% deposit ($320) is required to hold your place, with the balance due by September 18. Any cancellations by the participants must be requested prior to August 18 in order to receive a refund of all but $100 (processing fee, non-refundable).

Dartmouth/Rassias Hosts

Jim Citron '86 has directed the Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE) for Educando by Worldfund since 2007. He has worked for more than 30 years in language and intercultural education. Dividing his time between Mexico and Hanover, New Hampshire, he has also been an Intercultural Education Specialist in Dartmouth’s Guarini Institute and a Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer for Dartmouth’s Rassias Center. Jim has taught Spanish and intercultural communication at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels and has served in a variety of leadership capacities in international educational exchange in the United States and Mexico. Jim holds a PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an EdM in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and an AB in psychology modified with Spanish from Dartmouth.

Jeff Wheeler ’66 has worked in international finance with Chase Manhattan Bank, where he headed corporate finance for Chase Latin America and co-chaired the bank advisory group for Brazil’s debt restructuring, and with Moody’s Investors Service, where he was Managing Director for Moody’s Emerging Markets Services (a joint venture with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation). Jeff has also worked as a consultant in international financial services, with Booz Allen and Hamilton and with Gemini Consulting for clients in the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and the Netherlands. After Dartmouth, where he majored in romance languages and literatures, Jeff received a PhD from Columbia University, where he held a graduate fellowship from the Organization of American States, and a teaching fellowship from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Jeff has taught Spanish at Dartmouth. Now back in Hanover after retirement and working with the Rassias Center, he teaches in programs in Spanish, French, and Portuguese (both in the USA and in Mexico). He is a certified Rassias Method® teacher trainer.

Learn more and sign up by emailing the Rassias Center or calling (603) 646-2922.