Migration & Culture     Spring 2006   Prof Koptiuch    Arizona State University West    Phoenix, Arizona


Borderlinks Fieldtrip to Nogales, Mexico

FEBRUARY 22, 2006            Schedule            Report Due March 1

A required educational field trip to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with the non-profit educational organization BorderLinks will add an innovative and exciting dimension to this course. This full-day excursion will be tailored to our course topic and may include activities such as: orientation in Tucson at BorderLinks; interview with the US Border Patrol or Grupo Beta (Mexican Border Patrol); visit to a migrant shelter/community center; lunch with families in a colonia squatters' settlement; visit to a maquiladora; exercises such as a market basket survey comparing cost of living on both sides of the border; discussions with migrants and US and Mexican experts and officials about migration issues. The opportunity for this trip undoubtedly will enable us to bring home through an immersion experience many of the topics studied in the course.

As indicated on the ASUW Course Schedule, a fee of $85.00 per student is required (check or money order made out to "BorderLinks," to be collected in class by Feb. 1). A hired bus will transport us to and from Tucson, about $15-25 extra.

Please arrange your schedule and obligations to enable you to attend this important part of the course!

BorderLinks Trip Schedule

Trip Leaders: Madre Irene, Riley & Brook

All times are approximate and all visits subject to change.

8:30am            Meet at BorderLinks Office in Tucson for a brief orientation

9:00am            Meet with representatives from the No More Deaths coalition

10:00am        Depart for Nogales

11:30am        Meet with Grupo Beta

12:30pm        Lunch with families in Flores Magon/Bellavista

2:00pm          Maquiladora visit

3:30pm          Market Basket Survey at a supermarket, a cost of living exercise 

5:00pm          Light dinner and discussion with Francisco “Kiko” Trujillo (Borderlinks' director in Mexico)
at La Casa de Misericordia

6:30pm          Depart for Tucson

8:30pm           Bus from Tucson to Phoenix

BorderLinks Fieldtrip Report  (read our completed reports!)
DUE March 1, 2006

Write up a report (2-3 pp) about one or two key aspects that impressed you most about the field trip and explain why. Incorporate at least two articles from the BorderLinks Reading Packet into your discussion.  Explain how insights from each article helps you to more effectively analyze your impressions in relation to the migration issues we've studied in this course so far. Please push your discussion beyond the tendency to simply state how much more you will now appreciate your life in the US! NOTE: Failure to include citations from the readings will result in a maximum grade of "C"

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