Oaxaca, Mexico Program Logistics
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The cost of home stay accommodations is included in the program room and board fee. Students are provided with comfortable and clean private rooms (or shared for people traveling together). Home stays are located within a 15-20 minute walking distance to the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca (ICO).
Students have the option to pay for and receive one or two meals a day at their home stay which is included in the program room and board fee. Students will be responsible for covering the expenses of a third meal and snacks each day.
International Airfare and Airport Transportation
The cost of round-trip airfare between Portland, Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico is not included in the program fee. It is the students responsibility to book and pay for round-trip international airfare costs and airport transportation.
International Health and Travel Insurance
All students who participate in this program are required to purchase and provide proof of international health and travel accident insurance for the duration of the program Oaxaca, Mexico.
Students are responsible for providing and paying for the cost of local transportation needs (public transportation and taxis).
The following services are included in the program fee:
- On-site orientation meeting and city orientation literature
A fully staffed student assistance office
Free wireless Internet access at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca
The cost of PCC tuition is NOT included in the program fee. To determine the cost of 12-15 credits of PCC tuition and fees, students can refer to the College Cost Calculator. Students are required pay their PCC tuition or make college-approved payment arrangements by the Winter term payment due date.
Included Excursions and Cultural Activities:
Weekly program of cultural activities and workshops that designed to immerse students deeper into the Mexican culture. Students are required to participate in 2-3 different cultural workshops. Workshop choices include: Cooking, Ceramics, Textile Weaving, and Mexican Dance (Salsa and Merengue).
Guided weekend day trip to Monte Alban and Atzompa. Monte Alban is the ancient capital of the Zapotecs between 500B.C. and 800 B.C. Santa Maria Atzompa is a town to the west of Monte Alban. The town is renowned for the green-glazed pottery that is produced by it's citizens.
Guided weekend day trip to Teotitlan Del Valle, Tlacolula, and Tule. Teotitlan del Valle is known for its woven rugs and textiles that are woven on traditional hand looms using carded, spun, and dyed wools. Tlacolula is a pueblo known for having the largest, oldest, and most diverse market in Oaxaca. Students also have the opportunity to visit la Parroquia de la Virgen de la Asuncion, which is the pueblo's main church. Santa Maria del Tule is another pueblo east of Oaxaca that is famous for the Arbol del Tule. El Arbol del Tule is dated to be more than 2000 years old, measures 165 feet in circumference, and is about 15 stories tall. Some say El Tule may be the largest tree in all of Latin America.
The ICO offers a number of additional weekend excursions for an additional, but very reasonable expense. For more information, students can review these additional opportunities at Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca Excursions.