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San Diego

Immigration
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Course Details

DATES
I. July 17-July 24, 2022
II. July 24-July 31, 2022

8DAYS

Arrival City
San Diego, CA
TUITION
$2499*

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AVAILABILITY
14 Spaces (Session I)
14 Spaces (Session II)

Alongside our partner, Madres y Familias Deportadas en Accion, you will learn about the history of the U.S.-Mexico Border while exploring the U.S. side of the border wall.

Program Overview

This program will allow you to learn from historians and activists while exploring immigration through multiple perspectives.

While in San Diego you will tour Old Town and its historical sites as they relate to the story of the borderlands alongside border historians. You will also have the opportunity to work at the Binational Garden (Friendship Park) while learning about the importance of this site. After exploring San Diego, you will drive to Jacumba Springs where you will hike the border wall. Finally, you will return to San Diego to do a tour with the Border Patrol and learn about the work Madres y Familias Deportadas en Accion does with deportees and refugees.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the border from historians and activists
  • Visit the Binational Garden (Friendship Park) and Chicano Park
  • Do a daytime hike of the border wall and learn about the border from the perspective of the U.S. Border Patrol

LEARN MORE About Our Partner

MADRES Y FAMILIAS DEPORTADAS EN ACCION

*Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

Course Elements

The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.

5
LEARNING SERVICE
You will learn from historians and border activists, as a way of understanding the context, issues, and people of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
5
CURRICULUM
Prior to your travels, you will complete an online curriculum to gain background knowledge for your experience. While traveling, you will learn through engaging articles, cultural experiences, and group reflections.
1
TREKKING
Throughout your time in San Deigo, you will explore various sites in the area on foot. The project work and various cultural experiences only require short drives.
2
LIVING CONDITIONS
You will be staying at a hostel or AirBnB with the group.
2
ON THE MOVE
You will be visiting important local sites on foot, by trolley, and by van.
2
REMOTENESS
You will spend time exploring different sites in the San Diego metropolitan area in addition to an overnight in Jacumba Springs.

Itinerary

1

Arrival day.

2

Begin group orientation. Tour Old Town and its historical sites as it relates to the story of the borderlands.

3

Work at the Binational Garden/Friendship Park. Learn about border issues from historians and activists.

4

Tour Chicano Park and learn about the murals. Drive to Jacumba and participate in an evening walk along the border fence.

5

Breakfast in Jacumba Springs followed by a daytime hike along the border. Return to San Diego and visit Friendship Park.

6

Half-day tour with the U.S.-Border Patrol. Meet with Maria Galleta, border activist and co-founder of Madres y Familias.

7

Final group reflection day.

8

Departure day.

NOTE

Itineraries are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

San Diego : In Three Phases

1

PRE-COURSE CURRICULUM

Prior to your departure, you will be guided by your course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons designed to help you engage with other members of your group while gaining important context for your experience.

2

FIELD STUDY

The majority of the days at each site are spent learning from our local partners and serving alongside them shoulder-to-shoulder. You will learn through service and experiences designed to help you understand the local context, culture, and history.

3

LIFELONG NETWORK

Ethical leadership is a lifelong journey. After your experience, you will become a part of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder network. This network of past alumni and partners is designed to inspire and support your journey in ethical leadership.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting and processing your experience. The posts below are from past programs.

Jacumba Springs

Today was one of the most memorable days that I’ve experienced so far on our trip. We walked along the border in the desert. There, we saw a couple of border patrol officers, and deep down, I had fear of them coming up to us and ending our journey. With each step we t...

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Chicano Park

Life sprang onto the concrete jungle. Vibrant colors entangled the concrete pillars that supported the frantic highway above us. A noble Aztec adorned with gold armor was immortalized on one pillar while Chicano women held the clouds up on another. On every pillar was...

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Friendship Park

Hi all, today we embarked on an expedition to explore the border wall as close as we could, sometimes getting within 15 feet of the fence itself. On our trek towards Friendship Par...

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Important Details

TUITION*

Tuition (students from partner schools): $2399
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $2499

*Students attending a partner school receive a tuition discount. Click HERE to see partner schools. Please note that tuition does not include airfare.

AIRFARE

Students are responsible for booking their own flights to meet the group in San Diego. Once enrolled our admissions team will assist you in choosing the correct arrival and departure times.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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