Spring Break in Mexico


Program Overview

The Expedition is a fascinating exploration of Mexico. We go beyond media headlines and glossy postcards to dive deep into what life in Mexico is really like. From Mexico-US immigration to foreign relations to the so-called “drug war”, the Expedition gives you powerful insights into this critically important country.  

Students will be led by Rachael Criso, a highly distinguished professor at the University of Michigan, and UBELONG Co-Founder Cedric Hodgeman, an accomplished social entrepreneur and international affairs expert. They lead the team through a packed itinerary and bring on local experts, including government officials and business leaders, to discuss and share with the team. The Expedition is as much a physical adventure as an intellectual one. You will be pushed and stretched beyond your comfort zone. It won’t be easy, but that’s precisely what makes the trip so special.

The trip focuses on Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, one of the states in Mexico with the highest number of migrants in the U.S., and includes visits to communities in the area. You get immersed by working and living alongside Mexicans, and you enjoy cultural events, including a weekend trip to the famous Chichén Itzá ruins and beautiful nearby swimming spots.

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For a ten-day experience, the cost is approximately $2,200. This price includes homestay expenses, Chichén Itzá visit, transport, medical insurance, and all meals except for two dinners. Airfare, however, is not included. The final program costs will be payable to UBELONG, not the University of Michigan.

Program Itinerary

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Applicants should apply using the UBELONG application, which can be found on their website where it says "Apply Now" at the top left of the page.

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