Sunday, March 29 to Saturday, April 6, 2015
Trip #119 summary description: Help paint a massive, colorful, and educational mural in the Zapatista center of La Realidad, Caracol #I which is located deep within the Lacondon Jungle. (Note: The school painting will continue for two weeks until Sat., April 11, 2015 and participants are invited to stay for both weeks at no extra cost!) Delegates will paint, live and learn while sleeping in the rustic buildings of one of the most famous of the Zapatista civilian centers and communities, La Realidad. Respect for indigenous leadership and good humor a must: no special artistic nor language skills are required to participate – but you’ll learn a lot of both because our guest muralists are amazing and fun teachers!!! Ground transportation will be via very basic indigenous, public transportation. The delegations will have opportunities extensive face-to-face discussions with Mayan individuals and organizations engaged in directly challenging corporate driven globalization through education, health, commercialization, and alternative indigenous governmental structures. The Zapatista movement will be studied through extensive readings, video presentations, and especially direct conversations with Zapatistas. All in all, this will be an amazing experience!
Trip #119 objective: Working with experienced Mexican muralists the team will cover the recently constructed Zapatista school and health clinic rebuilt in memory of the fallen Zapatista teacher Galeano with a powerful and professional quality mural. Participants will gain and in-depth understanding of the broader Zapatista movement while directly experiencing contemporary realities of the autonomous, indigenous Maya communities of Chiapas, Mexico.
Cost of trip #119: Two weeks of the minimum weekly wage of each participants home. For example U.S. residents pay $7.50 X 40 hours = $300 X 2 weeks = $600 USD. (Airfare not included.) Note: Cost varies by country of residence because the price is equal to two weeks of the minimum wage of the resident country. Price includes cost of paints, all art materials, an ongoing art program in La Realidad, expert Mexican muralists’ participation, indigenous Zapatistas food and transport, participants ground transportation after arriving in San Cristobal de la Casas, two meals a day, sleeping in rustic buildings or tents, and six days with full time guide/translator, and coordination of delegation. NOTE: You may extend your participation in this delegation for another week (Trip 120) at no additional costs! Special arrangements will be made for alternative media.
Location: Delegation #119 will begin at 3pm, Sunday, March 28 in the tourist destination city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico (location to be announced). The closest airport to San Cristobal is outside of the capital of Chiapas, Tuxla Gutierrez, Mexico and is called the Angel Albino Corzo International Airport (TGZ) . You should allow two hours (and about $60 US) for travel by cab from the airport to San Cristobal de las Casas. Long distance buses to Mexico City or Cancun frequent San Cristobal de las Casas but these dates are during Easter vacation in Mexico and transportation gets really busy! Buy your tickets NOW! Sign your friends up immediately – time is short!