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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]It’s hard to believe that our time in Tijuana, México has already come to an end. In just a few short hours, we’ll cross the border on foot and end up back in the United States. It is baffling to think about just how easy this process is for us, our greatest obstacle being Read More…

Mexican-U.S Border Trip Final Day

We woke up early to the sound of Church bells, dogs barking and extreme heat. With little rest, we set forward to the day ahead. Our first adventure of the day was getting breakfast, everyone got eggs and filled up with energy for the rest of the day. After that, we went to the factories Read More…

Immigration. Deportation. Separation.

Immigration. Deportation. Separation. The wall. With each passing day these words take on more and more meaning both in further complicating how we view the issue and in deepening our understanding. Not only has this course challenged us intellectually, but the emotional aspect continues to arguably be the most difficult element to process. It is Read More…

A Full Day

Our course instructors report the group had another full day and after spending the morning at El Desayunador providing meals for 700-1000 refugees and homeless they had a chance to explore and learn more about Tijuana with Maria, Director of Madres y Familias Deportadas. The group finished with a discussion of Haidt’s Moral Pillars.

Serving the Community

Today was another awakening day on this trip. The Desayunador was a great place to not only help others but also help ourselves. We may not have made a huge impact on others but we did help those few volunteers in the helping of hundreds of people. Our volunteering made the day easier for those Read More…

El Desayunador

Our course instructors report that the group had a day of learning service as they served breakfast at El Desayunador and heard the stories of the people being fed there. It was a busy day and they plan to have a student reflection about the day up in the next day or so.

Today Was Humbling

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]Today we went to the Mexican side of Friendship Park. We worked with Daniel, the founder of Friends of Friendship Park. Our group pulled weeds, reorganized the compost bin, and fixed the park grounds. It was a real eye opening experience because on the weekends the US visitors are allowed to have contact between Read More…

Diverse Perspectives about Friendship Park

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]Today we started out day at a church in Jacumba, California. After a short breakfast, we proceeded to the US side of the border in San Diego to visit Friendship Park. We talked to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Gonsalez who mans the Friendship Park section of the border. We learned about the various challenges Read More…

Bienvenidos a Tijuana

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]Yesterday, we left the airport at around 2 pm and went to Chicano Park. Chicano Park is iconic in San Diego for the murals under the freeway. We walked around and did an ice breaker activity about what our intentions were coming on this trip. Mel, Grace and I were chosen at “random” to Read More…

Surviving The First Day

Hoy es el primer día! We are super tired tonight but are off to a running start. We visited Chicano Park with stunning murals and then drove to Jacumba. We are all currently at the church after a surprisingly okay dinner at the only restaurant in town. That’s good though because we’re eating breakfast at Read More…

The Border Course Has Begun!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]This afternoon, a majority of the students began their course with a trip to Chicano Park where they explored the history of the border region and its unique culture through the prominent murals in the park. After the final student arrived, the group headed to the small border town of Jacumba, California, where they Read More…

Welcome to the Border Travel Journal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]The travel journal will be the place for students to share their experience while traveling. Once the students are on-site, they are asked to post reflections, observations, pictures, stories, poems, and more. Our whole community appreciates the opportunity to be part of the group’s adventure, and as the course comes to an end, each Read More…

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