We are ten Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC, CUNY) Honors students taking a summer study abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico!
We are future doctors, policy makers, cinematographers, entrepreneurs, social workers and bilingual educators who are raising money for our tuition, program fees and extra funds to help get us there with our Professor Leslie Martino-Vélez. We are of varying backgrounds, speak many languages and while two of us are of Mexican descent and will go to Mexico to learn more about our heritage, all of us are going to Mexico for the first time, enabling us to better understand Mexican culture for ourselves - and not just what the media tells us. Only 2% of those who take study abroad courses are from community colleges (Institute of International Education, 2017) and the main reason why it is so low, is due to financial constraints. We are a part of increasing those numbers, but we too are looking for ways to pay for it. We are asking for your help and any donation will go a long way, decreasing our need to work longer hours or take out more loans. We will update you on our adventures in Oaxaca! Thank you so much!
The BMCC-Oaxaca Study Abroad Team - Aisha, Assel, Asriel, Deysy, Jason, Joshua, Laura, Michael, Timmie and Zharia
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