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Alternative Spring Break Student Group Volunteers in Mexico

- Released on Mar 21, 2010

Members of the Texas A&M University Alternative Spring Break student organization dedicated to service and volunteerism traveled to Mexico March 14-20, 2010, to participate in a week-long, community service program organized by Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Cuernavaca. The group of nine Texas A&M undergraduate students spent time working and attending workshops in the rural community of Amatlán, located about 30 minutes from Cuernavaca, Morelos. Students received training on community work, taught English to elementary school children, helped harvest coffee beans, cleared plant and tree debris from fire hazard zones, and participated in other volunteer activities as needed. Community members gave to the students as well by cooking organic meals for them every day and teaching them to prepare traditional dishes. They also provided the students with educational workshops on alternative medicine techniques, organic agriculture, and the language of the Aztecs (Nahuatl). The Texas A&M Center in Mexico made the contact with Tecnológico de Monterrey and assisted with the initial planning of the program. The Center, which is located in Mexico City, is available to assist other Texas A&M student and faculty groups make appropriate contacts for academic, research, and outreach activities in Mexico.