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1 Community Links International Immersion Trip Proposal for. School Jim Petkiewicz, Founder March 10, 2012

2 Copyright Community Links International, page 2 Community-Based Education

3 Copyright Community Links International, page 3 Environmental Work

4 Sustainability Copyright Community Links International, page 4

5 Cultural Immersion Copyright Community Links International, page 5

6 Contents Who We Are What We Do Logistics & Accommodations Safety & Health Concerns Travel and Cost Sample Activities and Excursions References Contacts Copyright Community Links International, page 6

7 Who We Are Community Links is an environmental, service-learning, immersion, volunteer, and international educational organization. Through cross-border, cross-cultural immersion experiences we provide people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to learn about the interconnectedness of our local, national, and global realities. We also teach participants to recognize how our lifestyles, values, choices and consumption patterns affect people, cultures and the environment the world over. Copyright Community Links International, page 7

8 Mission Through our project we work with local NGO's, community leaders, local governments, families, friends, and other organizations at the grassroots, regional, and international levels in order to develop opportunities of encounter and solidarity among people from both hemispheres in the Americas. Copyright Community Links International, page 8

9 History Nov 2000 – Founded by Jim Petkiewicz and Arturo Ortega Jan Incorporated in the state of California as an LLC transferred organizational status to 501(c)(3) and received tax-deductible status Copyright Community Links International, page 9

10 Why pick CLI? The CLI team has more than 25 years of experience working as a non-governmental organization in Oaxaca, Puebla and throughout Mexico Hundreds of Immersion Trips Organized since 2001 Copyright Community Links International, page 10

11 What We Do Solidarity and Service Trips to Mexico and South America focusing on language, cultural exchange and immersion o Middle Schools o High Schools o Universities o Organizations / Corporations Seminars, Workshops & Retreats at our ranch in San Juan Bautista, California Holistic development projects in the countries in which we have a presence Copyright Community Links International, page 11

12 Areas of Work Environment - organic composting and gardening, reforestation, recycling, greenhouses, water cachement systems with cisterns, composting latrines, solar ovens, litter campaigns, etc. Community-Based Education - with children, youth and their families focusing on environmental issues. Mentoring and tutoring programs. Fair Trade - catalyzing fair trade opportunities for local producers, creating fair trade partnerships, and promoting the growth of fair trade in the communities where we have a presence. Social Justice - it all begins with working to create a reality that is just and equitable for all, including the planet. Copyright Community Links International, page 12

13 Countries in Which We Work Copyright Community Links International, page 13 Mexico – Puebla Peru – Lima and Chuquibamba California - San Juan Bautista Bolivia - Cochabamba Mexico – Oaxaca

14 Oakwood Trip Overview Cultural and Language Immersion Trip to Mexico, including Puebla and Oaxaca 11 days total: 2 days roundtrip travel and 9 days in Mexico: Cholula/Puebla (5-6 days), Mizteca Alta/Oaxaca (3-4 days). Oaxaca is ~4 hr drive from Puebla Cost = ~ $765 per person Highlights: tour of CEDICAM reforestation project in Oaxaca, home stays, cultural excursions, activities with local youth Copyright Community Links International, page 14

15 About CEDICAM In the Mixteca region of Oaxaca, Mexico, Jesús León Santos leads an unprecedented land renewal and economic development program that employs ancient indigenous agricultural practices to transform this barren, highly eroded area into rich, arable land. With his organization, the Center for Integral Small Farmer Development in the Mixteca (CEDICAM), a democratic, farmer-led local environmental organization, León has united the areas small farmers. Together, they have planted more than one million native-variety trees, built hundreds of miles of ditches to retain water and prevent soil from eroding, and adapted traditional Mixteca indigenous practices to restore the regional ecosystem. Efforts are paying off as barren hillsides turn green again, aquifers are recharged, and the high rate of migration slows as indigenous farming families find they are able to make a living at home. For his work with CEDICAM, Jesús León Santos won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008 for North America. Find out more: Copyright Community Links International, page 15

16 What will the students do? Learn Spanish Immerse yourself in local cultures Learn about green technologies & sustainable practices Stay with a family Make new friends Participate in workshops Explore local treasures Copyright Community Links International, page 16

17 Cultural Visits & Activities Great Pyramid of Cholula (largest in the world) World famous museums, convents & cathedrals Indigenous & local markets Beautiful, colonial city of Puebla Atlixco (land of eternal spring) Tonanzintla (indigenous, baroque church) Cooking classes available at additional charge Copyright Community Links International, page 17

18 Community Service Afternoons Heal the earth program Juguemos a aprender with local children Tutoring Arts & sports Organic composting and gardening Alternative, green tech projects And more! Copyright Community Links International, page 18

19 Map of Mexico Copyright Community Links International, page 19

20 Travel Logistics Copyright Community Links International, page 20 Air Travel to/From Mexico CityBus to/from Mexico City to PueblaPrivate van to/from Puebla to Oaxaca

21 Accommodations Copyright Community Links International, page 21 In both Puebla and Oaxaca, accommodations include bunk-beds in our community center and can include home stays in one or both locations Minimum 2-3 students and chaperones per home site

22 Safety CLI takes every precaution to assure the safety of travelers on the immersion program. CLI leadership stays abreast of the current conditions in Mexico and checks regularly on reports issued by the US Department of State. Chaperones from visiting organization are not required but welcome On-site team consists of 5-12 adults, depending on country and size of visiting group Participants are chaperoned at all times Team members have cell phones at all times. Sites contain landlines Copyright Community Links International, page 22

23 US Dept of State Travel Advisory Excerpts from Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs for Mexico on 2/8/12Travel Warning Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. For the state of Puebla: No advisory is in effect. For the state of Oaxaca: No warning is in effect. According to the Government of Mexico, as of August 2011, the murder rate in Puebla was less than 2 per 100,000. For comparison, the highest murder rate in the US is in New Orleans, Louisiana (49 per 100,000 in 2010). And Oakland is 22 per 100,000. Copyright Community Links International, page 23

24 Health Concerns We drink purified water only Food is prepared with extra caution for visitors Grapefruit seed extract is recommended Doctor/hospital care is available if required No special immunizations are required Copyright Community Links International, page 24

25 Cost Trip fee = $75 per person per day. This includes: meals, lodging, transportation to/from Puebla to Oaxaca, translations, miscellaneous fees, volunteer program, field trips, speakers and presentations, home stays Roundtrip transportation from Mexico City Airport to Cholula/Puebla = $90 Total = $765 / person (9 $75/day + $90) Airfare is not included. Paid separately by participants. Average cost between $400-$600 roundtrip Copyright Community Links International, page 25

26 Sample Itinerary 8:30-9:30AM – Breakfast 10:00AM-2:00PM - Volunteer project or excursion 2:00-4:00PM - Lunch break and free time OR Presentations and discussion with invited lecturers 4:00-6:00PM - Afternoon activities (e.g. tutoring, sports, arts & crafts, cooking classes, etc.) 6:30PM – Dinner 7:30PM - Evening Activities o Reflections, journaling, viewing documentaries, etc (at community center) o Relationship-building, language immersion, etc (at home stays) Copyright Community Links International, page 26

27 Suggested Packing Items $50-$100 cash for airport meals/purchases, optional ATM card Participants can purchase an inexpensive cell phone plan for Mexico (e.g. Prepago with Movistar or Amigo with Telcel for M$250+ (US $12+) or can optionally purchase pay-as- you-go cell phone in Mexico Reusable water bottles Copyright Community Links International, page 27

28 Sample References Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ Creighton College Preparatory, Omaha, NB Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA Fordham University, Bronx, NY Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Boston College, Newton, MA Copyright Community Links International, page 28

29 Contact Us Community Links International 916 Wren Drive San Jose, CA Phone: (508) Jim Petkiewicz, Founder, Arturo Ortega Vela, Founder,

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