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About the City

Atlixco is a magical town located in the state of Puebla. Situated at the foot of Popocatépetl, the second tallest volcano in Mexico, Atlixco is known for its colonial charm and beautiful flowers. The city is not far from the Aztec city of Teotihuacán. This is the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas which is now the most visited archaeological site in Mexico. Many IEM students have returned to Puebla on numerous occasions after falling in love with the history, the food and above all, the people.

About IEM Puebla

The International Engagement in Mexico (IEM) is an education abroad program that enables students to engage in service learning initiatives within communities in Chiapas, Campeche, Puebla, Oaxaca and Yucatan. The program includes visits to archeological sites that allow students to explore and learn about the rich history and beautiful culture of Mexico. The program is a collaboration between the Chicano-Latino Studies and Migrant Student Services department.

Through a combination of classroom instruction, international volunteer work, journaling and facilitated reflective discussions, students are introduced to new perspectives about culture, community, real life through hands-on experiential learning. The goal of IEM goes beyond introducing participants to a new environment. The course is designed to give students a broadened perspective on the importance of civic engagement at home and abroad.

The IEM Program in Puebla was launched in 2004.