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Cultural Exchange Program

Come support a progressive women’s health and rights organization in rural Mexico and enjoy a culturally enriching experience.
When: November 13th – 17th
Where: Pátzcuaro and Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, México
Discount for our inaugural week of the program
The normal charge for the week-long program is $1,500 SD. of which $500 is tax deductible.
For the inaugural week of Nov. 13th – 17th we are offering a 15% discount, bringing the total to $1,275 USD.

 
Mujeres Aliadas, a women’s not-for-profit health and rights organization working in the area of Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico, is offering a unique opportunity to anyone interested in learning about a successful community-based model for women’s health and traditional Mexican practices surrounding birth.

This travel opportunity offers a week-long program with an emphasis on sharing knowledge and ideas with traditional and professional midwives from the Lake Pátzcuaro area and surrounding indigenous communities.  There will be time allotted to discuss topics related to women’s health, to socialize with Mujeres Aliadas staff and professional midwife students and with local traditional midwives, to visit local communities, and to observe the educational and health care programs developed to support women and adolescents. Workshops will be held on the making of herbal medicines, the use of the rebozo during labor and the postpartum period, and other traditional practices.
 
Participants will also be able to explore the culturally rich communities of Pátzcuaro and surrounding villages as well as to purchase beautiful handicrafts directly from indigenous artisans.
 
Groups will be limited to 10 individuals to allow for quality interaction with the local community.

What Mujeres Aliadas will provide to attendees:
 
1)    A week-long structured cultural and educational program
2)    Transportation to and from Morelia airport
3)    6 nights hotel in Pátzcuaro
4)    Transportation each day to and from the hotel and the Mujeres Aliadas women’s center in Eronga and for field trips
5)    Five comidas (lunches)
6)    Translation assistance for those who do not speak Spanish
7)    Assistance in arranging international and local travel
8)    Assistance in arranging Spanish lessons

Schedule of activities

Monday
 
Lunch/comida provided
8:45 am – Attendees are picked up in Pátzcuaro and driven to the MA women’s center in the community of Eronga.
 
Scheduled Events
 
  • Welcome, introductions and tour of Mujeres Aliadas facility/school
  • Presentation on MA’s holistic, community-based model of midwifery and women’s rights
  • Discussion where attendees and MA staff and students have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience
 
3:00 pm – Welcome meal in local restaurant.
 
Breaks/beverages/snacks provided during each day.
 
5:30 pm – Back in Pátzcuaro
Tuesday
 
Lunch/comida provided
8:45 am – Attendees are picked up in Pátzcuaro and driven to the MA women’s center in the community of Eronga.
 
Scheduled Events
 
  • Watch film: “Birth of a New Consciousness” followed by a discussion on women’s rights and MA’s philosophy.
  • Workshop: The making and use of herbs and discussion of cultural practices surrounding birth. Hosted by a traditional midwife.
 
3:30 pm – Back in Pátzcuaro
Wednesday
 
Lunch/comida provided
8:45am – Attendees are picked up in Pátzcuaro and driven to the indigenous community of Sevina.
 
Scheduled Events
 
  • Visit to an indigenous community to observe a clinical session and a sexual and reproductive health presentation,  There will be opportunities to talk with clinic staff.
  • Drive to the indigenous community of Cheran to meet with local women and have comida at a local restaurant.
 
5:00 pm – Back in Pátzcuaro
Thursday
 
Lunch/comida provided
8:45 am – Attendees are picked up in Pátzcuaro and taken on a boat ride to the indigenous island of La Pacanda.
 
Scheduled Events
 
  • Visit the local secondary school to observe a Health Fair where information is provided to students on themes such as:  Sexual and Reproductive Rights; Contraception; Sexuality; and Pregnancy and Birth.
  • Walking tour of the island.
  • Return to the mainland through the village of Ucazanastacua and tour the ancient Purépecha capital of Tzintzuntzan with lunch at a local restaurant, a visit to local artisans and, if time, a tour of the pyramids.
 
5:00 pm – Back in Pátzcuaro
Friday
 
Lunch/comida provided
8:45 am – Attendees are picked up in Pátzcuaro and driven to the MA women’s center in the community of Eronga.
 
Scheduled Events
 
  • Workshop:  The use of the rebozo during labor and the postpartum massage.
  • Traditional indigenous midwives come to MA for a cultural and educational interchange. The midwives will talk about the history and use of herbal remedies, ‘volteada’ (spinning the baby), ‘caida de mollera’ (treatment for babies), postpartum care, etc.
 
3:00 pm – Farewell meal – Social gathering at MA with everyone. Food and music provided.
 
6:00 pm – Back in Pátzcuaro

Patzcuaro links:  www.patzcuaromexico.com   
Inquiries to:  info@mujeresaliadas.org
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