Partner School: $2180*
Non-Partner School: $2380*
We partner with Madres Y Familias Deportadas En Accion to explore immigration along the U.S-Mexico Border from multiple perspectives.
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 from San Diego to Jacumba Springs. 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.
Note: Due to COVID-19 this program will take place in the United States in 2021. Students will not be entering Mexico.
- 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
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The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
This program will be led by Alex Gomez, a professor, and border historian. Alex works to educate communities along both sides of the border on the complex historical, political, and economic dimensions of migration through the US-Mexico border region. He has led academic tours of the area since 1998.
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San Diego : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENS CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting on the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. As this is our first year running the program we do not have any travel posts. Please check back soon.
Students who attend a Shoulder-to-Shoulder partner school receive a tuition discount. To see a list of partner schools, click HERE.
Tuition (students from partner schools): $2180 *
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $2380 *
*Students are responsible for booking their own flight to meet the group in San Diego. Once enrolled our admissions team will assist in choosing the correct arrival and departure times.
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students and will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this on the application. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all-inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs). Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition. Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive group fares. As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.