This summer Heritage will happen in Puebla, Mexico From July 1- July 14, 2019. Host countries and cities are selected on the recommendations of the US Department of State- Education and Culture Division.
As we launch the first initiative we begin by exploring the country of Mexico. The proximity of Mexico to the US not to mention the large amount of population in the US that still has continuous ties with Mexico, guides Heritage to explore the possibilities of (re)connection. Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and is one of the chief economic and political forces in the region. It is considered an emerging global power despite any of the political and social changes that have occured over the last decades. The richness and complexity of its history and culture as well as its location as a gateway to Latin America makes the perfect country to being the Heritage journey.
The fourth largest city and the capital of the state of Puebla, Puebla City is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It offers an experience of both historic and modern sites that surround its rich historic center, called El Zocalo. Modern sites such as the observatory La Estrella de Puebla, various museums that are dedicated to the sciences and the arts, and over 26 institutions dedicated to higher education are found throughout the city. Churches can be found nearly on every corner, with the most famous chapel there, La Capilla del Rosario often being called the eighth world wonder.
The gastronomy of Puebla is as rich as its art. Puebla is the birthplace of some of Mexico’s most renowned cuisine including mole poblano,chalupas, and cemitas. The fusion of Indigenous and European flavors make dishes in the region makes every dish unique and unforgettable.
A historical highlight of the city and a familiar tie to a well celebrated but misunderstood event in the United States is Cinco de Mayo. In 1852 when Mexico was at war France, the Mexican General Ignacio de Zaragoza fortified the Cerro de Guadalupe in Puebla against the French invaders. On May 5th 1862 against all odds 2000 of General Zaragoza’s men fended off an attack from over 6000 French soldiers. This battle has great significance in the city of Puebla but has little recognition within the country of Mexico as a whole.
Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day and has been used to commemorate Mexican heritage in the United States.
Host institutions and other in city partnerships selected the by the Heritage Committee. The committee is invited a year prior to the launching of a program to meet with potential academic representatives to discuss commitment and engagement in the learning process and knowledge.
La Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla(UPAEP) is a private university located in the heart of the city of Puebla. UPAEP is a Heritage academic partner dedicated to the knowledge enhancement of participants interested in the language, cultural, social and historical understanding of the region of Puebla, Mexico. It is known for its various degrees and certificate programs that address all levels of education in Mexico. The urban campus is composed of several locations throughout Puebla City, while its main campus is conveniently located at the Barrio de Santiago next to the historic city center. UPAEP’s history stems from serious ideological and political turmoil Puebla society underwent
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Women from all walks of life are encouraged to apply. Applications for Summer 2019 will be open on February 18, 2019 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
- Must be over the age of 21
- Must hold a valid passport
- Must be available during July 2019 for international travel
- Must be proficient in the Spanish language*
*Applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance to the program to establish if Spanish level is proficient enough
There is an application fee of $25. If you are in a current financial hardship waivers are available on a first come first serve basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please click the link below to access the application.