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FALA’s 8th Annual Border/Mexico Experiential Learning Trip October 27 – November 3, 2018

FALA’s 8th Annual Border/Mexico Experiential Learning Trip October 27 – November 3, 2018

Trip Coordinator: Janeece Henes
Trip Facilitator: Christa Sadler

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Program Description

In the eighth  year of this program, FALA students will have the opportunity to better understand the complexity found in the issues surrounding the Arizona-Mexico border.  The human, legal, economic, environmental, political and cultural costs of the failures of immigration policy will be at the center of this exploration. While many perspectives within the debate on immigration will be analyzed on the trip, our priority will be to examine the human rights concerns within the status quo.  Hands-on experiences with several groups that are working on the border to reduce suffering and injustice will focus our experience.

Tentative Itinerary

Saturday, October 27th or Friday, October 26th after school.Head to Tucson

Spend the night in  at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

8051 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710

Saturday, October 27th – 30th

Head into Mexico/ Agua Prieta with Rancho Feliz

Rancho Feliz is an Arizona-based service agency that is working to help improve the living conditions in Agua Prieta.  They primarily focus on improving housing, food availability and community space in the impoverished neighborhoods within this border town.  We will be staying in dorms at the Rancho Feliz facility and working with community members on construction projects, food distribution, cooking for children, and exchange with a secondary school  and visit an orphanage.


October 31th Tucson

Depart Mexico

Operation Streamline

1 pm – Arrive at the United States District Court for Operation Streamline


Operation Streamline is the fast-track prosecution process that many detained undocumented migrants experience.  We will observe public hearings and afterwards will discuss the process with the lawyers and judges who are directly involved.


Thursday- Saturday,

Camp out

Work with No More Deaths staff and volunteers to deliver water supplies along established migrant corridors on the Arizona side of the border.

No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona. The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform (2004) and focuses on the following themes:

  • Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
  • Witnessing and responding
  • Consciousness raising
  • Global movement building
  • Encouraging humane immigration policy

Saturday, November 3rd 2018

  • Depart for Flagstaff early morning… about a 5-hour trip home.
  • Possible drops on our way out.
  • Solo reflection time for students
  • Return to FALA in the late afternoon in time for dinner home with family.
  • Students will call from the road with ETA

Trip Requirements

    • All participants must be at least 16 years of age and in 11th or 12th grade.
    • It is highly encouraged students be in class, have been in class or have been on a previous trip with Janeece Henes.
    • All participants must have either a Passport (preferred) or a birth certificate and state-issued photo ID
    • All participants and a parent must attend an information meeting at FALA, it is Tuesday September 18th in room #6 at 6:00pm.
    • All participants will need to complete the Border/Migration training. We will provide dinner for the students. It is Tuesday, September 18th at 3:30-6:00 with the parent meeting to follow.
    • All participants must be in relatively good physical shape, as several of our days will be quite strenuous.
    • Trip cost:  $650 per participant – includes $150 deposit due by Friday, August 31st   by 4:00pm to our Business Manager.
    • You may use Arizona Tax Credits to finance the trip. Includes all meals, you will not need any additional spending money unless you wish to buy a t-shirt from Rancho Feliz or NMD.
  • Payments:
    • August 31st  $150.00 deposit
    • September 18th  $250.00 installment #2
    • October 19th  $250.00 balance
  • Fundraising: If there are students and parents who wish to organize fundraisers please do so.
  • Trip Scholarships. FALA will provide a few partial scholarships
  • Trip is limited to a maximum of 11 participants.  
  • Priorities for places on the trip are given to FALA Seniors.
  • A place on the trip is not confirmed until the deposit is received. If there are more applicants who submit deposits by the due date than the 11 spaces we will go to lottery system.

Please complete the interest form below and turn in with deposit to confirm your interest to attend the trip. Due to the nature of the trip and because we are working with several outside groups, we will have a series of permission slips, health forms and liability releases to sign later on in the process.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Students will receive information via their FALA emails.

Trip Coordinator:

Art Educator/FALA

Trip Facilitator:

NMD volunteer/Wilderness First Responder/One New Education Founder

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