Pre-Departure Guide Mexico Spring 2018 - MEXICO SPRING 2018 - Augsburg College

 
Pre-Departure Guide Mexico Spring 2018 - MEXICO SPRING 2018 - Augsburg College
MEXICO SPRING 2018

Pre-Departure Guide
Mexico Spring 2018

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Table of Contents

      A. Related Components                               H. Travel Within Mexico
         1. Orientation                                      1. Weekend Travel
         2. Concurrent Programs                              2. Spring Break
         3. Living/Learning Environment                      3. Optional Travel after Program Ends
         4. Speaking Spanish                                 4. Visits from Family and Friends
         5. Group Travel and Rural Homestays                 5. Hotel Information
         6. Urban Homestay
                                                          I.   Extracurricular Activities in Cuernavaca
      B. Required Travel Documents                             1. Exercise Options and Sports
         1. Passport Requirements                              2. Nightlife
         2. Visa Requirements and Tourist Cards                3. Religious Life
      C. Safety and Security                              J.   Money Matters
      D. Health Information                               K. What To Bring
         1. Common Health Concerns                           1. General Recommendations
         2. HIV/AIDS                                         2. Suggested Packing Check List
         3. Zika Virus
         4. Health Care Providers                         Map of Mexico and U.S. State Department
         5. Alcohol and Drug Abuse                        Country Information
         6. Immunizations
         7. Diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery      Advice from Former Students
            Prevention                                         A. For Students of Color
         8. Health Insurance                                   B. For White Students
      E. Arrival and Departure Information                     C. For Persons Identifying as Recovering
                                                                  Alcoholics or Addicts
      F. Locale and Facilities                                 D. For Students with Mental Health Issues
         1. Cuernavaca                                            from Former Students
         2. Currency Exchange                                  E. For LGBTQ Students
         3. Time                                               F. For Straight Students
         4. Weather Conditions                                 G. The GSA (“Gay-Straight Alliance”) in Cuer-
         5. Housing: Facilities and House Rules                   navaca, Mexico
         6. Roommate Assignments
         7. Dates Housing is Available
                                                          Appendices
         8. Key and Linen Deposit
                                                               A. Augsburg University Policies
      G. Communication                                         B. Education for Life
         1. Mailing Address                                    C. Cultural Awareness
         2. CGEE Communication with Parents
         3. Phone Numbers and Cell Phones
         4. Computers, Email & Internet Access
         5. Library Resources

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RELATED COMPONENTS OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM

     Intensive Orientation Seminar (Fri., Jan. 19-          “Global Educators Semester” (EDU): The pur-
     Fri., Jan. 26, 2018)                                   pose of this program is to help students gain val-
     We will begin the semester with an intensive           uable knowledge and skills for working with di-
     week-long orientation seminar starting on the          verse populations in the classroom, including im-
                                                            migrant children. Through studying issues of di-
     evening of Friday, January, 19. Throughout
                                                            versity and education in Mexico and spending
     the week, you will spend lots of time getting
                                                            many hours in Mexican classrooms, students will
     to know the other students and faculty of              develop key cross-cultural and professional skills
     both your program and the other semester               to help them work more effectively within Latino
     program that is happening at the same time             communities in the United States.
     (see below). This is essential to the construc-
     tion of a healthy living/learning environment.         All three groups will share housing facilities, eat
     You will also get an in-depth introduction to          meals, take Spanish classes, attend many of the
     some of the key issues that you will be study-         same guest lectures, and participate in some of
     ing throughout the rest of the semester.               the same field trips. As a result, we will try to
                                                            coordinate several activities for the two groups.
                                                            We trust that the opportunity to share experienc-
     Concurrent Programs
                                                            es and ideas with students from the other pro-
     During your semester in Cuernavaca, there will be
                                                            gram will add to the diversity and richness of
     three different cohorts living and studying in close
                                                            your overall experience in Mexico.
     proximity:
                                                            Living/Learning Environment
     “Migration, Globalization and the Environ-
                                                            Over the course of the semester, we strive to de-
     ment” (MGE), draws students from many differ-
                                                            velop a living and learning environment in which
     ent disciplines from colleges and universities all
                                                            the interpersonal dynamics are consistent with
     over the United States. The program is rooted in
                                                            the ideals of social justice we are studying. Our
     the philosophy of community-based experiential
                                                            educational philosophy values personal experi-
     education for social transformation.
                                                            ences and recognizes that education involves
                                                            questioning oneself and the world. Hence, we try
     “Social Work in a Latin American Perspec-
                                                            to foster an atmosphere in which you feel safe
     tive” (SWK): The goal of this program is to de-
                                                            and supported as you grapple with new realities
     velop cross-culturally competent, ethical social
                                                            and new questions about yourself and the world
     work professionals with a global perspective by
                                                            in which we live.
     providing a semester of transformative, experien-
     tial learning focused on social and economic jus-
                                                            In order to create this kind of healthy living/
     tice. Much like the MGE program, the social work
                                                            learning environment, students and staff will pe-
     program is rooted in the philosophy of communi-
                                                            riodically participate in structured discussions
     ty-based experiential education for social trans-
                                                            and activities designed to foment awareness and
     formation.
                                                            responsible behavior with regard to issues of rac-
                                                            ism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and intercul-
                                                            tural communication.

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While these activities may sometimes take place       You will very likely spend another 1-2 nights with
outside of the formal “classroom,” they are con-      a family in a different rural community near the
sidered an integral part of all courses and an es-    end of the semester. Please stay tuned for de-
sential part of the overall academic program.         tails.

Another element of building a sense of cohesion       All of the courses and the overall program will
is the collective responsibility for a few house-     include extensive excursions, most of which will
hold chores, such as composting, bringing in the      be day trips to a wide variety of organizations
drinking water jugs, and keeping the patio, library   and communities. Details will be provided after
and computer rooms tidy.                              arrival in Cuernavaca. Please remember to bring
                                                      a small overnight bag or daypack with you for
Occasionally, your International Resident Assis-      short trips.
tant/Fellow will facilitate to discuss issues that
affect you as a community of learners. She will       For the SWK Cohort Only:
also organize optional activities, such as group      There will be a two-week exchange with the Mex-
outings for ice cream or to water parks and other     ican National School of Social Work at the Univer-
interesting and fun locations.                        sidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM),
                                                      including one week in Mexico City. We have a
Speaking Spanish                                      formal exchange agreement with the National
Although the courses that are not offered for         School of Social Work at the National Autono-
Spanish credit will be taught primarily in English,   mous University of Mexico, the UNAM. As a re-
you will have ample opportunity to use your           sult of this agreement, during the week immedi-
Spanish. Your courses will involve many field         ately after Spring Break, a group of the Mexican
trips and guest lectures in Spanish that will be      social work students will come to Cuernavaca for
translated for those who don't understand. Stu-       one week to participate in classes and service-
dents who choose to do so may write papers in         learning projects with you here. They will share
Spanish for POL/WST 341, HIS/WST 357, the MGE         rooms with you in the program house(s) in Cuer-
Internship Seminar, the Independent Study, and        navaca. We hope that you will take advantage of
SWK 294. You are encouraged to speak Spanish          the opportunity to interact with Mexican stu-
as much as possible, even while living in a CGEE      dents and show them around town. Please note
program house.                                        that you should try to avoid having visitors come
                                                      during this week of the semester, as you will be
Group Travel Component and Rural                      expected to spend most of your time hosting the
Homestays                                             Mexican social work students.
In order to learn about the impact of globaliza-
tion, migration and emigration on rural communi-      Immediately following the visit from UNAM stu-
ties in Mexico, the group will spend an intensive     dents to Cuernavaca, you will spend one week at
4-5 day seminar in Amatlan de Quetzalcoatl, a         the UNAM in Mexico City, where you will partici-
rural Nahua indigenous community that has been        pate in classes and fieldwork alongside Mexican
impacted by emigration, where you will stay with      social work students. You will stay in an informal
local families. Unlike the urban homestays, in        environmental retreat center owned by the uni-
which one student will be placed per household,       versity, where you will be provided meals, as well
during the rural homestays, generally two stu-        as transportation to and from classes at the
dents will be placed in each home. This “deep         UNAM. The retreat center has strict rules which
dive” will take place during the second week of       do not permit students to go out in the evenings.
the semester in order to help you make the            Therefore, if you are interested in exploring night
plunge into a different environment.                  life in Mexico City, you should plan to do that
                                                      during your spring break, on free weekends or
                                                      after the semester ends.

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For the MGE and EDU Cohorts:                           Most of them go out of their way to adapt to you,
From Wed., March 8 until Sat., March 11 you will       and several have participated in vegetarian cook-
most likely join a group of Augsburg students tak-     ing classes that we have offered so that they can
ing an Environmental Studies course in an excur-       meet the needs of vegetarian students. For your
sion to Mexico City and an organic ranch outside       part, we ask that you open yourself to the experi-
of San Miguel de Allende.                              ence, accepting the good, the difficult, and the
                                                       unavoidable awkward moments, remembering
You may also spend a couple of additional days in      that different is not better or worse, just differ-
Mexico City, where you will most likely stay in a      ent.
guest house near downtown. You will continue
to listen to guest speakers and participate in ex-     One student will be placed per home, but most
cursions related to the themes of Migration,           students will be housed with families in the same
Globalization, and the Environment, including a        neighborhoods. The homestay neighborhoods
visit to a shelter for migrants on the outskirts of    tend to be a 20-50 minute bus ride from CGEE.
Mexico City. You will receive more information         Previous students have expressed very positive
about such trips after arrival in Cuernavaca.          feelings about their homestay experiences (see
                                                       comments below).
Urban Homestay
One of the most rewarding and challenging parts        You will be sent a Homestay Information Form
of your semester will be the month that you            on which you can indicate any allergies to pets,
spend living in a Mexican home. The homestay is        special dietary requirements, and other prefer-
an essential part of the semester program. It is       ences regarding your home stay, such as a re-
not only a time to be immersed in the Spanish          quest for a gay or lesbian-friendly home, an al-
language, but more importantly, it is a time to        cohol-free home, vegetarian food, etc. If it is
experience the diverse realities of Mexican life—      extremely important to you to conduct a longer
to experience how the issues raised in the class-      homestay, please indicate that on the form and
room and on visits are related to the daily lives of   send a separate email highlighting that to Lis-
your host families. If you want or need a longer       anne and the International Resident Assistant/
homestay, please contact Lisanne Morgan at             Fellow. Please be sure to return your completed
Morganl@augsburg.edu and cgeemexi-                     form to Lisanne Morgan at mor-
co@augsburg.edu as soon as possible and also           ganl@augsburg.edu and cc the International Res-
write that on your Homestay information Form.          ident Assistant/Fellow at cgeemexi-
                                                       co@augsburg.edu by December 15.
In an effort to facilitate student contact with peo-
ple from the Mexican working class, CGEE has
relationships with families of modest means,
some of whom are involved in community, politi-
cal, environmental, and/or church activities. We
trust that the homestay will be one of your best
experiences in Mexico. All of the families that
receive students have been carefully chosen by
CGEE staff and have participated in orientations
and activities including a health and safety orien-
tation. They open their homes to students with a
strong desire for cultural exchange and solidarity.

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               Quotes from former students regarding their homestay experiences

“I got a better feel for what real life is like in Mex-   “[My host-mother's] stories and life experiences
ico and learned a lot of things that can’t be             really opened my eyes to my privilege and
learned from a book.”                                     changed my definition of the word ¨HARD¨… hard
                                                          work, hard life, etc. We shared meals together
“I now have a better idea of what Mexican family          and had good conversation. I learned more
life is like–the good and the bad–and I’ve learned        about the cultural differences (i.e. time and
how to break down stereotypes of what it means            space), the language, and indirect conversation
to be a Mexican.”                                         and how to detect it.”

“(This was) definitely the most important and             ”I learned so much more about how a Mexican
meaningful experience of the whole program.               family lives and works. I also was supported with
Many relationships developed, and I had opportu-          my internship and to be the best person I could
nities to do things I wouldn’t normally have              be. I think [CGEE] did a good job helping us pro-
done.”                                                    cess the situation before and during the [home
                                                          stay] experience. [The staff] was always there for
“It was really a time to be able to observe cultural      us if we needed to talk or process our new experi-
differences in opinions, behaviors, religion and          ences.”
way of life.”
                                                          ” [The family was] welcoming, open to the fact
“I liked family stay. It was hard at times, but very      that I made mistakes, great cooks, and very help-
good for me and my Spanish. I feel much closer to         ful with Spanish. They always made an effort to
Mexico and the people because of it. I felt like a        include me, and they were willing to try new
guest in my family sometimes, but felt very wel-          things with me and accept my invitations to go
come. I learned so much about commitment to               places.”
each other and gained a better understanding of
Mexican life and culture.”                                ”I loved being able to spend time in the family,
                                                          practice my Spanish and talk to my mom and
“It helped my Spanish a lot, and broke bad stere-         little brother. I felt like family and at the same
otypes. It taught me a lot about Mexican culture          time they went out of their way to make me feel
and life. I learned so much during those three            comfortable. I was overwhelmed by their hospi-
weeks that would not have been possible by stay-          tality... making sure that I had what I needed to
ing in the program house. It strengthened my              get things done homework wise and accompany-
commitment to fight poverty and oppression. My            ing me if appropriate. They were interested in my
host mother was a great inspiration for me. I             life and asking me questions, seeing my pictures
learned about food, relationships, music, and             and talking with me...I learned first-hand about
much more.”                                               the DIF [social service] programs and maquilas
                                                          and immigration.”

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REQUIRED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
     Passport Requirements                                  As a further safeguard, we require that you also
     Be sure to obtain a passport if you do not have        bring to Mexico a certified copy of your birth cer-
     one. If you have one, be sure that it is valid         tificate (see above where this is described) in case
     through at least November 13, 2018.                    you need to reapply for a lost passport during the
                                                            semester.
     To obtain a new passport, you need the follow-
     ing:                                                    If you are under the age of 18, or are not a U.S.
      Original birth certificate with an embossed          citizen or permanent resident, please contact
          seal,                                             our Minneapolis office, as there are special doc-
                       OR                                   umentation procedures you will need to follow.
      An old U.S. passport (even if it has expired),
                       OR                                   Visa Requirements and Tourist Cards
      A certified copy of your birth certificate with      (Important!)
          the Health Department seal of the state of        Entry into Mexico does not require a special visa
          birth. This can be obtained from the county       for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Upon
          clerk in the county in which you were born        arrival in Mexico (or on the plane), you will re-
          for a small fee. (Note: A birth registration or   ceive a tourist card, which you will complete and
          hospital certificate is not acceptable.)          present to immigration authorities. If asked on
                       AND                                  the form, please indicate that your occupation is
                                                            STUDENT but the purpose of your trip is
      Valid identification, such as a driver’s license.
                                                            “TOURISM.” While you are obviously planning to
      Check payable to the Department of State for
                                                            study in Mexico, you will not be enrolled in a
          $110 (10 year passport) plus a $25 execution
                                                            Mexican university and therefore may use the
          fee to the facility processing the passport
                                                            standard tourist visa rather than having to apply
          application.
                                                            for a special student visa.
      Two identical passport photographs
                                                            When you go through Customs, be sure to tell
     To renew your passport, you will need:                 the Mexican immigration officer that you would
      Your most recent passport                            like to be given 180 days. There will not be a
      Two identical passport photos                        place to indicate that on your form, so be sure to
      A $110 fee, payable to the U.S. Department           ask.
         of State
                                                             With the tourist card (visa), you will need to pre-
     For complete information and application forms,        sent your passport. It is helpful to bring a photo-
     see http://travel.state.gov/passport/                  copy of the first page of your passport to carry
     passport_1738.html                                     with you in Mexico as identification. When you
                                                            get to Cuernavaca, you will be able to store your
     Once you receive your passport, make two copies        passport and tourist card in the safe. Be sure to
     of the photo page. Send one to the Center for          keep the tourist card (visa) – attached at the
     Global Education and Experience in Minneapolis,        bottom of the immigration form – since CGEE
     and keep one to carry with you (in a separate          staff will have to pay for it later and since you
     place from your passport) when you travel.             will have to present it to Mexican immigration
                                                            officials in order to leave Mexico.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY
     Safety Concerns                                       The decision to continue programming in Cuerna-
     Throughout the course of the semester there are       vaca, Mexico City, and the state of Morelos has
     opportunities to visit different parts of the coun-   been made with careful consideration of risk. Alt-
     try, including the capital, Mexico City, which        hough there has been highly publicized, drug-
     claims to be the largest city in the world with a     related violence in Cuernavaca recently, it has not
     population that is estimated around at least 22       been directed at international students, foreign
     million. It is a diverse city rich with innumerable   tourists, or foreign residents of the city. There has
     museums and other cultural attractions. Howev-        been no random drug violence that has placed the
     er, as in any large metropolis, there are safety      general public at risk.
     issues both in Mexico City and Cuernavaca. Our
     staff in Mexico stays informed about the current      The safety and security of students and participants
     situation and takes every means possible to en-       is the highest priority for the Center for Global Edu-
     sure the students’ well-being, including providing    cation and Experience, and the staff does not see
     them with a thorough health and safety orienta-       any fundamental changes affecting student safety
     tion upon their arrival to Cuernavaca (see below).    in the city and the areas where program travel
                                                           takes place. However, any violence is a cause for
     Registering with the U.S. Embassy. CGEE will          concern and, as would be necessary in any large
     register you with the U.S. Embassy prior to depar-    urban area, precautions have been taken to ad-
     ture from the U.S. in case any emergencies occur      dress the safety and security issues. Students and
     while you are in Mexico.                              program participants are provided with very spe-
                                                           cific guidelines to follow for their personal respon-
     Security Concerns in Mexico in Light of Recent        sibility in reducing risk, and they will be immediate-
     Drug-Related Violence in Mexico. The U.S. State       ly notified of any heightened risk to their safety and
     Department issued a travel warning on Septem-         security. Students are urged to read the latest
     ber 10, 2010 to note the changing security situa-     State Department information at http://
     tion in Monterrey, Mexico. The travel warning         travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/
     urges U.S. citizens to defer unnecessary travel to    alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html before
     Michoacán, Tamaulipas, and Guerrero, to parts         planning independent, personal travel to ensure
     of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila          that they do not plan travel to areas of high risk
     and advises U.S. citizens residing or traveling in    identified in the current Travel Warning.
     those areas to exercise extreme caution. (See
     the full text of the Travel Warning at: http://       CGEE has successfully run programs throughout the
     travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/                past semester for students and professionals, and
     alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html). The       has programs scheduled in the same locations
     Center for Global Education and Experience            throughout the coming year. Staff will continue to
     does not operate programs or excursions in any        monitor the situation and will not hesitate to can-
     of the states mentioned above. Please see the         cel or reroute programs, if needed, to secure the
     Center’s security statement at http://                safety of students and travel seminar participants.
     www.augsburg.edu/global/healthsafety/
                                                           If you or your parents have concerns about health
     The Augsburg CGEE faculty and staff in Cuernava-      and/or safety that you would like to discuss with
     ca, Mexico, have been monitoring the reported         faculty, staff, current or former students, or par-
     increase in violence in Cuernavaca and through-       ents of current and/or former students, please
     out Mexico.                                           contact Margaret Anderson at ander-
                                                           so4@augsburg.edu so that she can put you in
                                                           touch with them.

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In-Country Health/Safety Orientation. Upon ar-         Safes. We do NOT recommend carrying pass-
rival in Mexico, all trip participants are given an    ports with you in Mexico, except for the visit to
extensive health and safety orientation by one of      the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and any long-
CGEE’s staff members. This orientation covers          distant travel you conduct during spring break.
topics from drinking water, to the insects they        We have a safe in our office where you can keep
might see, how to deal with catcalls on the            your passport and other valuables locked away
street, withdrawing money from ATMs and emer-          during your time in Cuernavaca. There are also
gency response. At the end of the orientation,         safe boxes in each room. You may bring a person-
participants are asked to read and sign a “Health      al lock if you would like to use those safes.
and Safety Agreement” form.
                                                       Cell Phones. CGEE will provide you with a Mexi-
Emergency Contact Cards. You will be given a           can cell phone upon arrival in Mexico UNLESS you
credit-card sized emergency contact card to carry      have your own cell phone to use (at your own
at all times. The card includes the phone num-         expense) and provide us with that number so we
bers for lodgings in Mexico, as well as phone          can reach you when necessary. Upon arrival in
numbers for CGEE staff members and emergency           Cuernavaca, you will either give us your cell
numbers (police, hospitals, ambulance, etc). Ad-       phone number or a US $30 deposit for one of our
ditionally, the card has phone numbers for local       cell phones, which will be programmed with the
authorized taxi companies with whom we have a          phone numbers of radio taxis, CGEE-Mexico fac-
contract, specifically for security purposes.          ulty and staff phone numbers, and emergency
                                                       numbers, such as hospitals, police, etc.
Safe Taxis. As mentioned above, CGEE has a re-         You will receive your deposit back at the end of
lationship with one of Cuernavaca´s authorized         the semester when you return the phone. If you
taxi companies, Taxi Monarca. Commonly re-             lose the phone, you will be provided with a new
ferred to as “radio taxis,” these taxis are sent by    phone but forfeit your deposit.
a central headquarters to pick up and drop off
customers at a fixed price. Taxi Monarca is famil-     CGEE cell phones will have enough air time on
iar with CGEE and the location of our houses, and      them for you to call radio taxis and make emer-
is a reliable, safe option for getting around the      gency calls. However, should you choose to use
city (particularly after dark). We also recommend      the cell phones for personal use, you will need to
Radio taxi Citlalili.                                  add airtime, which is easy to do.

Travel outside of Cuernavaca. You should avoid         On-Call System. Every evening and weekend
traveling alone and taking overnight buses when        there is a designated “on call” staff member who
traveling long distances in Mexico, as there have      carries with her/him our “on-call cell phone.” This
been reported incidents on overnight buses in          staff member can be reached at any time of the
certain regions of the country.                        night to assist in any urgent situation. The phone
                                                       number for the “on call cell phone” is widely dis-
It is very important that our staff be able to reach   tributed (signs around the houses, listed on par-
you in case of an emergency. Therefore, you are        ticipants schedule and emergency contact cards,
required to complete a Travel Information Form         taught at orientation, loaded into student cell
and give it to the CGEE staff before you travel        phones, etc). You also have all staff’s home
outside of Cuernavaca. (You can also send that         phone numbers and cell phones in case the
information to cgeemexico@augsburg.edu and             emergency cell phone does not work for some
lutterma@augsburg.edu via email.) You are al-          reason or other. Between 10:00pm and 5:00am,
so required to carry a charged cell phone with         you can also talk with one of the night watchmen
airtime on it at all times so that we can reach if     who are at the house.
necessary.

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Night watchman. There is a night watchman on               Instead, students should take “taxis de si-
duty every night of the week between 10:00pm               tio” (taxis from a stand at the airport and in
and 5:00am. The night watchman does rounds of              bus terminals, etc.) or call radio taxis because
both CGEE houses and sits outside to monitor our           the taxi drivers in these services must report
facilities and the neighbourhood activity.                 every time that they pick up and drop off a
                                                           passenger, which provides greater security to
Security Cameras. The CGEE houses have securi-             passengers.
ty cameras in front of them in order to tape any
                                                          After dark and before sunlight, do not walk
activity in front of our houses and to see who is
                                                           or take buses. Rather, take radio taxis when
at the doors before opening them. These camer-
                                                           it is dark out! After calling the radio taxi to
as add to our security and help reduce risks of
                                                           pick you up, WAIT INSIDE until the taxi arrives
crime.
                                                           before going out to the street and immedi-
                                                           ately getting in the taxi. We will reimburse
Additional Security Measures in Light of Drug-
                                                           any radio taxi expenses related to the pro-
Related Violence
                                                           gram, while you are obviously responsible for
                                                           expenses in going out on your own when it's
In addition, in light of the recent drug-related
                                                           not program-related.
violence, we urge you to follow the following risk
reduction measures.                                       Ask CGEE-Mexico faculty and staff and other
                                                           local people about the safety of places you
   Carry a charged cell phone with airtime on it          intend to visit.
    at all times, so that we can reach you and
                                                          Avoid The Bull, which has opened and closed
    you can reach us in case of emergency. You
                                                           over time, but is known for using roofies.
    can also use this phone to call radio taxis (see
                                                           Most importantly, former students were
    below). It will be programmed with CGEE
                                                           roofied and then sexually assaulted there. As
    staff home numbers, on-call numbers, emer-
                                                           you hear of incidents like this from people
    gency numbers, radio taxi numbers, and oth-
                                                           you meet, tell the staff and other students so
    er numbers you may need. CGEE will provide
                                                           that we can all reduce our risks.
    you a cell phone upon arrival in Cuernavaca
    unless you have your own cell phone that              Avoid going to discos and nightclubs until
    you want to use in Mexico and provide us               the violence subsides, as many nightclubs
    with that number . You will need to pay a              have staff who sell drugs and therefore could
    deposit of US $30 for the CGEE cell phone,             suffer violent attacks. Only go to places on a
    and the money will be returned to you when             recommended list that staff will give you. The
    you return the phone after the semester                recommended list includes places where we
    ends.                                                  know the owners. Remember, there are LOTS
                                                           of fun things to do in Cuernavaca other than
   When taking taxis, always take radio taxis, as
                                                           going out to bars and discos. There are movie
    they are much less risky than flagging taxis off
                                                           theatres and activities you can engage in with
    the street because RADIO TAXIS (such as Ra-
                                                           your host families.
    dio Taxi Monarca, with which we have a spe-
    cial agreement), have to report to base every         At Casa CEMAL and Casa Verde, do not leave
    time they pick up and drop off passengers,             the front doors open and do not buzz people
    whereas there is no control of taxis you flag          in or open the front doors without first look-
    on the street. Do not flag down taxis on the           ing at the security camera monitor to see
    street. This is particularly important in Mexi-        who is there.
    co City, where there has been taxi-related
    crime.

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   DO NOT give out our addresses or phone
    numbers to people you meet. Get their num-
    bers instead if you want to contact them.
    Please, be extremely responsible in this
    matter.
   Do not buy, sell or use illegal drugs. If you do
    so, you not only put yourself and Augsburg
    University at risk, you will also be sent home
    from the program. If you get caught, you will
    face consequences with Mexican authorities.
    CGEE cannot bail you out, in the case you are
    arrested.
   Do not associate with anyone you think may
    be involved in selling, buying, and/or con-
    suming drugs. Do not go to their homes or
    businesses. Avoid all contact with them.
   Do not drink to excess. Excessive drinking
    puts you at greater risk. While the drinking
    age in Mexico is 18, IF you drink, be very
    careful about how much you drink. Recent
    studies have demonstrated that students
    abroad tend to drink far more than they do at
    home. For your own safety, please be the
    exception to that rule!
   Do not travel to Acapulco or anywhere in
    the state of Guerrero, including Taxco or
    Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa, as there are strict travel
    warnings there. As mentioned earlier, you
    should check the U.S. State Department web-
    site before travelling outside of Cuernavaca
    and give your travel contact information to
    CGEE staff. However, due to violence against
    tourists in the Acapulco area, we urge you to
    visit OTHER, more beautiful beaches at this
    time. There are also lots of beautiful water
    parks near Cuernavaca.

Despite this long list of “DO NOTs,” please know
that students, staff and faculty regularly go out
to safe places and have a wonderful time! You
are not going to be locked into your houses; you
just need to be careful about what you do and
where you go, so that you can reduce risks as
you make friends and explore Mexico.

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HEALTH INFORMATION
     Common Health Issues                                  Also be aware that pollution in Mexico City is a
     Staff and students at CGEE in Cuernavaca have         problem year round, but is especially acute dur-
     experienced a number of minor health problems.        ing the dry season (October - May). If you have a
     Most of these problems have been gastrointesti-       history of respiratory illness, heart problems or
     nal and parasitic infections. Although we have        allergies, you could experience complications
     not had any reported cases among students for         while there. While strenuous walking is not a
     over five years, the most serious problem in the      regular part of the program, there could be an
     past has been Typhoid Fever. Typhoid is caused        occasion when this is necessary to reach a cer-
     by a type of Salmonella (Salmonella-typhi) which      tain location. Varying road conditions can at
     is endemic to Mexico and has been a particular        times make anticipating this very difficult alt-
     problem in Cuernavaca over the past several           hough our field staff will keep you informed
     years. Typhoid is transmitted through food and        whenever possible. If your particular health con-
     water that has been contaminated with infected        dition makes this a concern, please be prepared
     human feces.                                          to communicate your limitations to the academic
                                                           coordinators.
     CGEE does everything in its power to protect staff
     and students from illness, including periodic tests   HIV/AIDS
     of cooking personnel, bacteriological studies of      You should also be aware that the state of More-
     the water and kitchens, constant vigilance of hy-     los (where Cuernavaca is located) has the third
     giene and sanitary conditions of the houses, and      highest rate of HIV-AIDS infection in Mexico. If
     educational work with students and host families.     you plan on being sexually active while in Mexi-
     Typhoid and other gastrointestinal infections can     co, you should be aware of this and use protec-
     be prevented by being careful about what you          tion to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
     eat and drink and practicing proper hygiene
     (which includes the regular washing of water          Dengue fever
     bottles). In the event that you do become sick,       Dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosqui-
     however, there is competent and professional          toes, has recently been found in Morelos, mainly
     medical care available in Cuernavaca, and in most     in the southern part of the state rather than
     cases these diseases can be treated with com-         Cuernavaca. Therefore, it is wise to reduce the
     mon antibiotics.                                      risk of acquiring dengue by remaining in well-
                                                           screened or air-conditioned areas when possible,
     Other Health Concerns                                 wearing clothing that adequately covers the
     The altitude is high in both Cuernavaca (6,000        arms and legs, and applying insect repellent to
     feet) and in Mexico City (7,300 feet); that, com-     both skin and clothing. The most effective repel-
     pounded with potential culture shock and the          lents are those containing N,N-
     overall intensity of the program, may make you        diethylmetatoluamide (DEET).
     tire easily. In general, you should drink three
     times as much water as you normally do in order
     to avoid dehydration.

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Zika Virus                                            The Grupo Delicias AA/NA meetings are held eve-
The Zika virus is primarily spread to people          ry day at 7:30pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal
through mosquito bites. Currently, there is no        Church, Calle Minerva #1, Colonia Vista Hermosa
vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Zika    (right around the corner from the Superama on
causes a relatively mild illness, and the most        Avenida Río Mayo). For information, contact Ann
common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint        at lutterma@augsburg.edu
pain, or red eyes; four in five people who acquire
Zika infection may have no symptoms.                  If you are an alcoholic or drug addict, we would
                                                      like to suggest that you let staff know so that we
Our staff continue to monitor the situation. We       can support you in your recovery process. BE-
follow CDC/U.S. Government recommendations            FORE departing for Mexico, please contact CGEEE
and alerts and will provide updates as needed.        -Mexico Site Director Ann Lutterman-Aguilar
CDC information about Zika.                           (lutterma@augsburg.edu) so that the Mexico
                                                      team can work with you to support your recov-
Health Care Providers                                 ery. We also encourage you to "come out" to
The Center staff in Cuernavaca has done exten-        your peers so that they can be supportive of you.
sive research on health providers in the area. In
addition, our health insurance provider can set       There are also regular Al-Anon meetings in Eng-
up an appointment for you with English-speaking       lish on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15pm at St.
doctors in general care, general care, gastroen-      Michael’s Episcopal Church, Calle Minerva #1,
terology, gynecology, ear, nose and throat, men-      Colonia Vista Hermosa (right around the corner
tal health. You do not need to pay up front, as       from the Superama on Avenida Río Mayo). There
the doctor’s costs are covered by the insurance.      are Al-Anon meetings in Spanish at the same loca-
However, medicines are not always covered, so         tion on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from
you need to budget money for medicines just in        5:30-7:00pm.
case.
                                                      In addition, there are on-line Alcoholics Anony-
There are several prestigious, well-equipped,         mous (AA) and Al-Anon groups and meetings that
modern hospitals only a 15-20 minute drive from       you can attend via the Internet. For example,
the CGEE facilities, and the hospital covered by      past students have participated in the following:
your health insurance (Hospital Henri Dunant) is      http://www.usrecovery.info/Chat/AA.htm and
considered one of the two best hospitals in the       http://xat.com/AAnonymous_Room?p-0&ss-0 for
region.                                               AA, and http://www.12stepforums.net/
                                                      alanon.html for Al-Anon.
CGEE-Mexico staff are also familiar with homeo-
pathic doctors if you prefer that. However, it        Mental Health
may not be covered by the health insurance.           If you are seeing a therapist or psychiatrist at
                                                      home, be sure to inquire as to whether or not it is
Alcohol and Drug Abuse                                feasible for you to have online sessions via Skype
As mentioned earlier, alcohol abuse is a serious      or another format while you are in Mexico. Some
health risk. Therefore, while those of you who        therapists are open to this, and that way you can
are over 18 are allowed to drink, as per local        continue to work with the person whom you al-
laws, we encourage you to develop a social life       ready know. If, on the other hand, you want to
that does not depend upon alcohol. Some of you        see a psychiatrist in Mexico, our insurance will
may be in recovery from drug or alcohol addic-        connect you to an excellent English-speaking one.
tions, and others of you may decide that you
need to seek out a recovery program while in
Cuernavaca.

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In addition, past CGEE students who have pre-         Again, if you have already been immunized, inoc-
ferred to see a psychologist instead of a psychia-    ulation must have occurred within the last three
trist, have often made appointments with English      years. The Typhoid vaccine does not guarantee
-speaking Adela Iglesias: 311-2244, or cel: (044)     absolute protection from Typhoid since there are
777-104-2077. If you have any questions or con-       over 100 strains of the disease. It does, however,
cerns, please ask a staff member.                     offer some protection, and doctors have noticed
                                                      a lessening of the severity of symptoms and
Past students have also taken advantage of            quicker recovery from Typhoid among those U.S.
online chat groups and online support group           patients who had received the inoculation.
meetings a variety of issues, including anxiety,
depression, and other mental health issues. One       Hepatitis A: The Centers for Disease Control rec-
website that has many different online support        ommend that travelers to Mexico and Central
groups and chats on a variety of issues is the Dai-   America receive an immune globulin (IG) shot or
ly Strength website: http://                          Hepatitis A vaccine for protection against Hepati-
www.dailystrength.org/component/                      tis A. According to the CDC, travelers to Mexico
option,com_comprofiler/task,ie_login/fb_login,1       and Central America are at high risk for Hepatitis
Another is Healthful Chats at http://                 A, especially if travel plans include visiting rural
www.healthfulchat.org/mental-health-chat-             areas and extensive travel in the countryside or
rooms.html The latter hosts a wide variety of cha-    eating in settings of poor sanitation. A study has
trooms and support groups for issues such as          shown that many cases of travel-related Hepatitis
anxiety bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disor-      A occur in travelers to developing countries with
der, depression, eating disorders, gender identi-     “standard” itineraries, accommodations, and
ty, OCD, and PTSD. The inclusion of these sites       food consumption behaviors. Hepatitis A vaccine
here is not intended as an endorsement but ra-        is preferred for persons who plan to travel re-
ther a way to share some of the resources availa-     peatedly or reside for long periods of time in in-
ble and to make you aware of the plethora of          termediate or high-risk areas. Immune globulin is
resources on the worldwide web. If you find oth-      recommended for persons of all ages who desire
er resources that you like better, please let us      only short-term protection. The vaccine requires
know, and we will include them in future versions     a series of injections, the first of which must take
of this manual.                                       place at least four weeks prior to travel. The im-
                                                      mune globulin is a single dose shot. Because it
Immunizations                                         offers only short-term protections, it should be
You should make sure that you are up to date on       administered shortly prior to travel. Our most
all of your inoculations (polio, diphtheria, teta-    recent information, however, says that immune
nus). Check with your doctor about the timing for     globulin is in very short supply.
all of the inoculations. Some should not be taken
together.                                             Malaria: Some travelers to Mexico and Central
                                                      America opt to take chloroquine that is a preven-
Typhoid: We require students to have had a            tative medication for malaria. You should know
typhoid immunization within the last three years.     that it does have possible side effects, so check
The immunization must be completed at least           with your doctor. The possibility of contracting
two weeks before arriving to Mexico and the pro-      malaria is extremely low in Cuernavaca but could
cess should be initiated as soon as possible since    be higher in some other areas that you may
the immunization usually requires two shots a         choose to visit on your own. We urge you to talk
month apart.                                          with your own doctor about this and to check
                                                      with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) before
                                                      traveling.

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Cholera: Cholera is transmitted through con-           Insurance
taminated food and water, and is therefore pre-        Medical Insurance: As a Center for Global Educa-
vented by being careful about what you eat and         tion and Experience and Experience student, you
drink. The Minnesota State Health Department           will be covered by Augsburg University’s Foreign
discourages travelers from receiving the cholera       Travel Abroad insurance, administered by Educa-
vaccination as it offers little or no protection       tional and Institutional Insurance Administrators.
against the disease, and can cause side effects.       This plan includes travel, accident and sickness cov-
                                                       erage (a $250 deductible per incident applies). See
Diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery               Benefits Summary and information card.
Prevention
You will be given more information about this          Should you require any medical care during your
once you get to Mexico, but in general, you            semester in Mexico, you should contact the Inter-
should follow certain rules for eating and drink-      national Resident Assistant or another staff mem-
ing:                                                   ber who can call the insurance company for you to
 Drink bottled or boiled water (available at the      set up an appointment so that you do not need to
     house and in your family stay), or bottled        pay medical costs up front – unless you choose to
     drinks, including soda water.                     see a homeopathic doctor. In some cases, the in-
 All meat and fish should be well cooked.             surance will cover the costs of x-rays and lab work,
     Avoid salads and any kind of raw vegetables       but they may not always do so. Therefore, costs
     unless the greens/vegetables have been            that you should budget for are medicines, which
     washed and then soaked in a disinfectant          can cost between US $50 and $100 dollars, and lab
     solution. (The cooks at Casa CEMAL disinfect      work (US $10-100), depending on the particular
     the fresh fruits and vegetables they serve to     medicines and type of lab work being conducted.
     you.)
 Be very careful of what you eat in restaurants       You will be responsible for getting to and from any
     and don’t eat food from street vendors. For       appointments and paying for transportation. If you
     example, fruit that you peel is the safest bet;   need language assistance or other help, please talk
     drinks with ice can be bad if the ice is not      to the International Resident Assistant or another
     made from bottled water, etc.                     member of the staff. In the case of medical or oth-
                                                       er emergencies, you can contact the faculty or staff
Play it safe! You will learn to eat and drink wise-    person who is on call.
ly once you are in Cuernavaca. At some point dur-
ing the semester, you will undoubtedly have an         Personal Property Insurance: Please note that you
upset stomach. Some students have opted to             are responsible for the cost of replacing any per-
take an antibiotic to prevent diarrhea (two such       sonal property that is stolen, lost, or damaged.
options are bactrim, a sulfa drug; or doxycycline,     Your personal possessions may be covered by your
a form of tetracycline). These only prevent cer-       family’s household insurance, but check to make
tain types of diarrhea disease, so hygiene and         sure (especially if you plan to bring along anything
avoidance measures remain important even if            of value). If you want additional accident or life in-
antibiotics are used. You may want to bring along      surance, most companies can help you with this.
acidophilus and take a tablet/capsule before
eating or drinking anything. It is available in        If you plan to bring your laptop, please note that
health stores in the U.S. These suggestions, along     you will be responsible for the cost to repair or re-
with bananas, which are always on hand, are            place it, whether or not the damage is the result of
helpful. Note: drugs such as Lomotil, Paragoric,       your action or the action of another student, staff
and Kaopectate are not recommended because             person, or unknown person. It is strongly recom-
they can be dangerous in the case of infectious        mended that you consider property insurance for
diarrheas.                                             any theft or damages.

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ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION
     Your program fees do not cover your travel costs       If you depart on a different day, you must make
     to and from Mexico. You are responsible for            your own arrangements (including payment) for
     making your own arrangements to and from the           transportation. Since you must allow two hours
     airport in either Cuernavaca or Mexico City.           to get to the airport from Cuernavaca and are
     Please plan to arrive at the airport by 3:00pm on      supposed to check-in between 2-3 hours in ad-
     Friday, January 20 in order to have supper and         vance, we recommend that you choose a flight
     begin the orientation that evening.                    that leaves no earlier than 11:00am. If you
     We will arrange for one or two pick-up times at a      must take an earlier flight, you may need to take
     meeting point in the Mexico City airport on Friday     the bus to the airport. There are comfortable
     as well as a pick-up at the Cuernavaca airport,        direct buses from Cuernavaca to the airport that
     which has limited flights from the United States       leave as early as 3:15am and cost approximately
     (Chicago, Oakland, and a few other cities). These      US $15.
     times will be based on the arrival times of all
     group members. Therefore, you may have to              Should you decide to stay for a few days after
     wait for a couple of hours in the airport to coordi-   the program ends, please remember that no
     nate with our pick-up times.                           meals will be provided after breakfast on Sun-
                                                            day, May 13 and that you must vacate your room
     If you need to arrive on Thursday, you may stay in     by 12:00pm on Mon., May 14.
     our facilities overnight for free. However, please
     contact the International Resident Assistant at        Storage after the end of the semester
     cgeemexico@augsburg.edu as soon as possible            You may make arrangements to store your be-
     to make arrangements. If you will already be in        longings in one of our facilities. However, please
     Cuernavaca (in order to take extra Spanish classes     note that CGEE takes no legal responsibility for
     before the semester or to travel before classes        items lost or stolen while in storage. In addition,
     start) you will need to check with CGEE staff          you must arrange to collect your items from
     about the possibilities of staying at the CGEE         storage during office hours: Monday-Friday,
     guesthouse or make alternative housing arrange-        9:00am-2:30pm.
     ments. Again, please let the International Resi-
     dent Assistant (cgeemexico@augsburg.edu )
     know of your plans.

     In order to coordinate appropriate meeting times,
     you will need to notify us of your travel plans as
     soon as you have your flight information. Email
     your itinerary to our Minneapolis office
     (anderso4@augsburg.edu) and the International
     Resident Assistant (cgeemexico@augsburg.edu).
     The last day of classes is Fri., May 11. We will
     finish around 6:00pm that day. Saturday, May 12
     will be free for you to pack and say goodbye be-
     fore departing on Sunday, May 13. The Center
     will provide transportation to the airport in
     Mexico City on Sunday, May 13.

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LOCALE AND FACILITIES

        Cuernavaca
        You will spend most of the semester in Cuernava-
        ca, a city known for its perennial springtime
        weather, making it a favorite vacation and week-
        end get-away for Mexico City residents. Located
        in the state of Morelos, Cuernavaca is about 1½
        hours south of Mexico City. Both the city and the
        state are important in Mexican history: the pal-
        ace of the Spanish conqueror, Hernán Cortéz,
        borders the central plaza in Cuernavaca; the
        state itself was named after Father José María       Currency Exchange
        Morelos y Pavon, one of the founders of the          The unit of currency in Mexico is the peso. The
        Mexican War of Independence against Spain in         exchange rate at the time of printing was approx-
        1810; and Morelos is the birthplace of Emiliano      imately $19.69 pesos to US $1. However, the rate
        Zapata, who led the cry “Land and Liberty” in the    fluctuates.
        Mexican Revolution of 1910 in the southern half
        of the country. Cuernavaca is also known for its     Time
        role in innovative grass-roots education, alterna-   Most of the year the time is the same as U.S.
        tive health practices, Base Christian Communities    Central Standard time. Mexico also employs day-
        (“BCCs”), and economic cooperatives, as well as      light savings, just as in the United States, alt-
        its free trade zone (CIVAC), which serves national   hough Mexico changes time on different days
        and international businesses, such as NISSAN.        than the United States. Therefore, there are a
        North Americans, Japanese and Europeans are          few weeks of the year in which Mexico is on
        attracted to Cuernavaca’s climate and its numer-     Mountain time rather than Central Standard.
        ous Spanish language schools.                        Please be sure to check.

                                                             Weather Conditions
                                                             In Cuernavaca, the climate will usually be sunny
                                                             and pleasant (70° - 80° F) most days, cooling at
                                                             night. There is a dry and a rainy season. You will
                                                             be there mostly during the dry season (October-
                                                             April), when temperatures are lower in January
                                                             (50°s and 60°s F) and steadily climb through April
                                                             and May, when it can get quite hot. You may
                                                             catch the beginning of the rainy season (May-
                                                             October), when there are often daily afternoon
                                                             and evening showers.

                                                             The altitude is high, both in Cuernavaca (6,000 ft)
                                                             and Mexico City (7,300 ft), so you may find your-
                                                             self getting tired more easily until you acclimate.
                                                             Again, be sure to drink 2-3 times as much water
                                                             as you are used to drinking.

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Housing                                              We will most likely designate one of the houses
The Center for Global Education and Experience       an alcohol-free house in support of students who
(CGEE) maintains two houses in Cuernavaca for        are addressing issues of recovery and for those
its study programs. One of these will be your        who simply prefer an alcohol-free space.
home base during the semester. Both are located
in Colonia San Antón, a 15-20 minute walk to the     Dining facilities are in Casa CEMAL and class-
main downtown area.                                  rooms are in both houses, so both will be used by
                                                     all students for program activities. There are also
The house in which the office is located is known    facilities to wash clothes by hand in both houses,
locally as Casa CEMAL (the Spanish acronym for       although some students choose to go to the
CGEE: Centro para la Educación Mundial). It has      nearby laundromat, which charges reasonable
five bedrooms with bunk beds, six bathrooms, a       prices for full service washing, drying and folding.
dining room, a living room, a classroom, small
library, a study room equipped with a printer,               In order to get a better idea of what
four computers with internet access, ample gar-              the houses look like, take the “CGEE
den space, and wireless access for students who              -Mexico house tour” at http://
bring laptop computers. Approximately 2-3 stu-
                                                             www.youtube.com/watch?
dents will share each bedroom. All meals will be
                                                             v=JhmKdiyaprUandfeature=relmfu
prepared for you and served in Casa CEMAL, and
you will participate in dish duty.
                                                     The Universal language school, which has a small
                                                     swimming pool, ping-pong table and racquetball
                                                     court, is conveniently located on the same street
                                                     as the CGEE houses. Also located on the same
                                                     street are a bakery, a laundromat, an Internet
                                                     café, four small grocery stores, two stationery
                                                     stores, a Pentecostal Church, and the San Antón
                                                     Catholic Church.

                                                     House Rules
                                                     As mentioned in the section regarding the Living/
                                                     Learning Environment, you will be expected to
                                                     wash your own dishes and participate in other
                                                     household chores, such as composting. As a
                                                     group, you will have to determine your own rules
The other house CGEE maintains is called Casa        regarding quiet hours, phone usage, and other
Augsburg, which is across the street from Casa       issues that will affect the group.
CEMAL. Often referred to as Casa Verde, this
house has several bedrooms, many bathrooms,          Smoking is not permitted inside either of the
one large classroom, a living room, kitchenette,     houses. Students who smoke tobacco may do so
and several spaces to study or hang out.             outside in areas designated by the group. Mariju-
There is also a study room equipped with a print-    ana is an illegal drug in Mexico and is strictly
er, five computers with internet access, and         forbidden. Importantly, the Mexican govern-
wireless access for students who bring laptop        ment makes no distinction between it and so-
computers.                                           called “hard” drugs.

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Any students who use it or any other illegal drug     You are encouraged to get together with new
while in Mexico will be sent home, as illegal drug    friends in Cuernavaca in public parks, inexpensive
use can endanger you and jeopardize the Univer-       restaurants, and other gathering places. For sug-
sity’s legal status in this country, especially in    gestions, please talk to the CGEE staff, who en-
light of the current violence taking place between    courage you to make friends locally and spend
opposing drug cartels.                                time with them in the community.

If you are 18 or older, you may legally drink alco-   With the exception of family members, as stu-
holic beverages in Mexico. Moderate consump-          dents, with the exception of members of your
tion of beer and other alcoholic beverages is al-     Mexican host family, you may not invite visitors
lowed in public spaces in Casa Augsburg and Casa      inside either of the CGEE houses without seek-
CEMAL. However, drunk and disorderly conduct is       ing permission 24 hours in advance. This is due
not permitted and is grounds for being sent           to the commitment of maintaining the safety and
home. In addition, participants may not drink         security of the entire group. For safety reasons,
during any class sessions, including interdiscipli-   you may not have parties in the CGEE residen-
nary sessions and reflections, and sessions with      cies in Mexico. If you want to invite friends
outside speakers. Most importantly, we encour-        over, you must write a formal request and give
age you to create a comfortable living and learn-     it to the International Resident Assistant/Fellow
ing environment that is not dependent upon al-        at least 24 hours in advance.
cohol consumption, as any group of people inevi-
tably has at least one or more alcoholics in the      If you do have visitors over, you are responsible
group. Please be sensitive to your peers, some of     for signing them in with their I.D. (writing down
whom who may be in recovery or may have               their official ID number) in the notebook near the
suffered from the alcohol abuse of family mem-        front door. You must then accompany them in
bers and friends. Please seek out alternatives to     public spaces as long as they are on the premis-
drinking rather than adding to the alarming rates     es. Do not leave your guests unattended.
of students in study abroad who abuse alcohol.
                                                      From Sundays through Thursdays, visitors must
While we would like you to make yourself at           leave by 10:00pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, visi-
home in the CGEE program houses during the            tors must leave by midnight. If a visitor arrives
weeks that you reside in one of them, it is essen-    after 10:00pm, a night watchman will sign the
tial that you be respectful of the rest of the peo-   person in and photocopy her/his ID. If visitors
ple who live in the house and of our neighbors. It    have not left by the designated times, the night
is also important to be extra careful about the       watchman on duty will escort them out. Any visi-
security of all who live in the house. Therefore,     tors who engage in drunk and disorderly conduct
you may not give the phone numbers of the             will not be allowed back on the premises.
CGEE houses out to people that you have just
met. You may only give them to family members         During the weeks that you live with host families,
and friends from home. When meeting new peo-          you may continue to use the library and comput-
ple, ask them for their phone numbers and call        er services at Casa CEMAL between 7:00 am and
them instead. If you choose to give out the           10:00pm. However, during the home stay, bed-
number of your cell phone, that is up to you.         rooms are off limits, as they may be used by oth-
                                                      er groups or be left alone so that the cleaning
                                                      staff does not have to do extra work. You may
                                                      not shower or sleep in either Casa CEMAL or Casa
                                                      Augsburg. Students who are found on the CGEE
                                                      premises after 10:00pm or before 7:00am will be
                                                      charged a fine of US $20.

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