2017 Mexico Field Study Program

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Group photo of 2016 program
Dona Alberta and Don Olegario's Family (Mazahua Indigenous Community) with Mexican and UW-Madison Students.


Tentative Itinerary:
Day Date AM PM Local Area
1 Bus from Madison to O'Hare
Fly from O'Hare to Mexico City
Walking tour of the Zocalo (National Palace, Murals of Diego Riviera, Cathedral, Aztecs' Templo Mayor, etc.) Mexico City
2 Museum of Anthropology Pyramids of Teothihuacan Teotihuacan
3 Alpura Dairy Cooperative and Processing Plant Small Scale Trout Production Temascaltepec
4 Tropical Dual Purpose cattle in Zacazonapan Leopoldo Flores Museum or Art at UAEM Toluca
5 Mazahua Indigenous community of Campesinos in San Felipe de Progresso  Aculco
6 Smallholder Dairy Farms near Aculco Artisanal-scale Family-Owned Cheese Making Plant Tequisquiapan
7 La Hondanada (Organic Jersey) Dairy Sheep - Reflection Time Queretaro
8 Reflection Time (Individual & Group) La Serpentina: Sustainable Dairy Goat  Guanajuato (Centro Historico)
9 World Heritage site visits in and around Guanajuato Travel to San Juan de Los Lagos San Juan Hotel Estancia Real
10 PROAN (Proteinas Animales) Feed Mill and Packaging PROAN: Large Scale Dairy Operation San Juan Hotel Estancia Real
11 CUALTOS university campus visit in Tepatitlan PROLEA: Dairy Cooperative in Acatic Autan de Navaro Hotel Autlan
12 Biosphere Reserve in Mountain (Sierra de Manantlan) and Experimental Station "Las Joyas") La Joyas Scientific Station
13 Return to Autlan Travel to Manzanillo Manzanillo Hotel La Posada
14 Tropical Dual Purpose: Sylvopostoralism  Guadalajara Centro Historico Guadalajara Hotel de Mendoza
15 Early Flight from Guadalajara to OHare Bus from O'Hare to Madison Your Own bed!

Guide Book
The Study Guide is a 80+ page document designed to help students get the most from the field study program. It Includes the following sections: Thank-You's and Participant list, Field study expectations; Portfolio guidelines; Tips to make the most of the field study, Group Activities; Maps, Daily site visit pages, and Evaluation, reflection and assessment.  2016 Guidebook (10.5 MB pdf) | 2017 Guidebook (15.0 MB pdf).

Synopsis of Daily Schedule
Day 1 - Travel to Mexico and visit of the Zacalo
  • Depart Madison 3:30 AM, Arrive O'Hare 6:00 AM; Depart O'Hare 08:20; Arrive in Mexico City at 12:45 PM
  • Meet our Mexican colleagues at the airport and drive to the zacalo for a few visits before checking in the Hotel.

In Participants' Own Words... (to be posted)
  • Acknowledgments:
      The students' opportunity to learn about Mexico and this web page have been made possible by many individuals that we may not fully acknowledge here. However, we want to particularly thank the following organizations and individuals:

      Our Mexican Partners for contributing enormously to the planning and for their support during the field program - including lots of patience !
      • a) Jesus Olmos and collaborators at CUALTOS (Centro Universitario de los Altos, Universidad de Guadalajara).
      • b) Carlos Arriaga and collaborators at UAEM-ICAR (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico-El Instituto de Ciencias Agropecuarias y Rurales).
      • c) Benito Albarran-Portillo at UAEM-Temascaltepec (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico).
      • d) The producers and business owners who gave us much of their valuable time to allowed us the opportunity to visit their homes, farms, and operations.

      Our University of Wisconsin Partners for administrative support
      • a) CALS International Programs - Laura Van Toll
      • b) Department of Dairy Science - Sandy Bertics

      Financial support was generously provided by:
      • a) CALS Scholarship funds
      • b) Fest Family Agricultural Enrichment Fund for Enhancing Dairy Science Undergraduate Education
      • c) USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant #2007-02470 "Global Agriculture Curriculum Emphasizing Relationships and Interdependencies with the U.S."



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Owner:Michel W.Group:DS 473 Field Study Abroad
Created:2015-11-29 20:15 CSTUpdated:2019-06-02 14:50 CST
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