Spanish-Language Culture and Social Justice Immersion

Join us for a complete language, cultural, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico. This immersion trip will be led by Bishop Karen Oliveto and Youngsook C. Kang.
Through this trip participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding and knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Gain a clearer understanding of the complex cultural issues of Mexico.
  • Be challenged and empowered to experience the world from the perspective of the marginalized and return home inspired to become active agents in promoting God’s Beloved Community through solidarity with the poor engaged in this struggle.
  • Gain a better understanding of gender roles in contemporary Mexican society. Be challenged and empowered to experience the world from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.

This trip is hosted through CETLALIC (, a small community of teachers, students and activists with the goal of promoting dialogue between Mexico and people of other cultures. It will consists of daily Spanish language instruction, Mexican cultural activities; social justice programming; a homestay with a local Mexican family; and visits to cultural, historic, and archaeological landmarks in the region. Participants will be departing for Mexico on Aug. 28 and returning Sept. 8. Spanish language resources are available and recommended for this trip.

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Please fill out all personal information exactly as it appears on your passport.

*First Name *Last Name *Preferred Name *Address 1 *City *State *Zip *Phone *Email
*Date of Birth
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*Tell us about your studies or vocation:
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*Have you studied the Spanish language before?
*How long did you study?
*Where did you study?
*What other languages (other than English and Spanish) do you speak?
Flight Information

Please ensure that you will arrive in Mexico City on August 28, 2017 and that you will depart on September 8, 2017. If you already have your flight information, please include it here or return to your registration once you have made reservations.  You can also send your flight information to Jessica Rodriquez at

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Private Room (Limited availability, additional $5 per night)
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*Are there any special needs related to your accommodations that we should be aware of (dietary restrictions, mobility issues, etc)?
Additional Questions
*What cultural aspects are you most interested in learning about and experiencing? (check all that apply)
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*What are your objectives for participating in this immersion program?
*Do you plan to continue traveling after your studies at CETLAIC? If so, where?
*As you prepare for this immersion, please reflect and share about your experiences and learning from previous cross-cultural encounters.
*What is your relationship to people of Mexican and/or Latin American decent? What experiences have you had interacting with this population?
*During the process of preparing for this immersion, what have you learned about Latino culture as well as your own culture?

The total cost for this immersion experience is $1450 for shared accommodations and a $200 deposit is due July 1, 2017.

Please make checks payable to RMC UMC with "Spanish-language Immersion" in the memo line, and send to:


Attn: Jessica Rodriquez

6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Additional questions can be directed to Youngsook Kang via email at

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