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California Border Travel Abroad Program

California Border Trip Overview

California Border Trip Overview

Crossing Borders: A California-Mexico Experience. Put a human face on the headlines. Expand your understanding beyond the rhetoric with a comprehensive exploration of the trans-border region. The immigration debate has a visceral connection to the rich history of our national identity. What defines citizenship and who has earned the right for inclusion? We walk both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, sampling food, music, art and the joy of our shared culture.

People to People: Local Community
Meet U.S. veterans, border…

Crossing Borders: A California-Mexico Experience. Put a human face on the headlines. Expand your understanding beyond the rhetoric with a comprehensive exploration of the trans-border region. The immigration debate has a visceral connection to the rich history of our national identity. What defines citizenship and who has earned the right for inclusion? We walk both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, sampling food, music, art and the joy of our shared culture.

People to People: Local Community
Meet U.S. veterans, border patrol agents, deported migrants, policy-makers, Maquila workers, Latin American artists, entrepreneurs and activists shaping the border culture. By connecting with change-making innovators on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, students gain a critical understanding of the issues shaping our national dialogue.

History Matters: Learning From The Past
Travelers learn the history of the U.S.-Mexico relations, analyzing how foreign policies, including NAFTA, have defined Latin American migration patterns over the last century. How does the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Bracero Program, the industrialization of agriculture and the indigenous culture over time shape the demographic realities of today?

Students are encouraged to challenge cultural prejudices surrounding notions of citizenship and national identity. How might systemic economic policy changes inhibit the phenomenon of desperate human migrants seeking refuge in the United States? By comparing models of hemispheric economic cooperation around the world, students may reimagine a trans-border region stabilized through equitable relationships on the global, regional and local levels.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Old Town San Diego
  • Savor multi-cultural fusion gourmet cuisine
  • Photograph iconic landscapes: Balboa, Chicano and Friendship Parks
  • Experience an official Homeland Security border fence tour
  • Walk bordered beaches in Tijuana and U.S.
  • Visit non-profit organizations assisting deported veterans and asylum-seekers
  • Meet local activists: Madres Y Familias Deportadas En Accion
  • Visit the bi-national garden in Playas, Tijuana
  • Understand NAFTA: visit maquila factory complex and workers neighborhoods
  • Learn creative arts in piñata-making workshops
  • Support social enterprises of Mixtec indigenous artists
  • Shop colorful Mercados (Outdoor markets)

Student Video

Bridges, Not Walls – California Border