Course Details

Program dates


Travel dates


Course credits


Total credits: 5


Gigi Berardi at Goetheanum

Gigi Berardi

Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and author, FoodWISE
AH 204
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Hazel Wallin

Program Assistant


Maximum enrollment: 14 

Program Dates: June 21 - September 23, 2022 (asynchronous Canvas assignments)

Travel Dates: September 1-15, 2022

Program base: San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato state), with daily excursions (including Dolores Hidalgo, Via Organica, Las Rancheritas, more below).

Mexico has one of the world’s most accomplished food heritages. Based in San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato state), the program studies food heritages and business and sustainability challenges. Also: Neoliberal policy and programs and effects on business and the environment—export agriculture and groundwater extraction, fluoride and arsenic contamination, Mexican politico-economic history, land reform, and narco-corruption, and migration and organizing: community-led solutions and models.  

Program start date is the first day of summer quarter classes, however the majority of pre-trip work will be assigned in August.

We study with Caminos de Agua a nonprofit associated with Engineers without Borders.

Western Today: Summer Global Learning Program students undertake service-learning project in rural Mexico

Program Highlights

Pyramids tour in Mexico





























  • 5 WWU undergraduate credits
  • All lodging and transportation, approximately half the meals 
  • Guanajuato gold and silver mine  
  • Guanajuato dam and park 
  • Guanajuato city 
  • Via Organica Ranch with three-night stay 
  • Cooking workshops 
  • Spanish conversation/culture classes 
  • Guanajuato pyramids and La Cañada de La Virgen 
  • Charco del Ingenio (Botanical gardens) 
  • Production of traditional and ceremonial foods in three-village tour 
  • Field water quality monitoring 
  • Round table on regional water issues with local communities 
  • Excursion to Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico heritage site and cornerstone of the Mexican independence revolution 
  • Study with Caminos de Agua, case study: Pozo Ademado Community Center/CODECIN.  
  • Opportunities to participate in carbon-offsetting at "Inspiration Farm" in Whatcom County. Internships and volunteer opportunities. 





























Program (2017) images
































Expectations of Participants

Activities include visits to museums and cultural sites, as well as participating in water catchment preparation in a village. With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to: walk for several hours at a time in warm weather, climb stairs, and stand for some periods.

  • Estimated Walking 1-2 hours/day
  • Estimated Sitting 1-2 hours/day

Refrigeration is available except for during times of travel in a bus.

Students must work with the WWU Disability Access Center, Wilson Library 170, (360) 650-3083, For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific accommodations or services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student and their academic experience. Accommodation policies and procedures are highly individualized and centered on self-advocacy, realistic self-appraisal, and student growth. Each quarter, students need to activate their approved accommodations for each class. Students choose which of their approved accommodations they want to activate for each class.

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure.

group of students in Mexico