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About the City

Huatulco is known for its stunning coastline and breathtaking bays. The city is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico. Until the 1980s, Huatulco was known as a quiet, coffee-growing area. Tourists from around the world have discovered this long hidden gem, however the region has worked hard to maintain its small-town appeal. IEM students have had the pleasure of serving locals in nearby small towns such as Santa Cruz and La Crucecita. Huatulco also offers historical treasures such as Copalita Arqueo-Ecological park. Students visiting this region of Mexico have frequently commented on its astonishing beauty.

About IEM Huatulco

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 Huatulco was launched in 2017.