Teach in Mexico

At Pacific University, you have the opportunity to participate in an elementary/middle school teaching practicum in Mexico.

In late May, participants travel to Tapalpa, located about 90 minutes south of Guadalajara. Surrounded by forests, lakes, and streams, this alpine town is a haven for artists and the surrounding countryside holds several attractions. During your three week stay, you'll student teach in grades 1 - 6 or in the local middle school. You will participate in other volunteer services arranged by our partner organization CITAC as well as attend weekly seminars and enjoy weekend cultural excursions. If you have been admitted to the College of Education for a teacher licensure program, you may use this practicum in Mexico for three weeks of your 18 week student teaching requirement.

  • Practice your Spanish!
  • Work with children in schools (or possibly another placement)
  • Many weekend and evening cultural activities (art, food, music, medicinal herb workshop and more!)
  • Learn about the lifestyles, culture, and daily activities of the people of Jalisco, Mexico
  • Study the forces that lead to migration from the area 


Section Course Credit Hours
SPAN 367 Practicum in Tapalpa, Mexico


EDUC-467G Practicum in Tapalpa, Mexico



Contact Us

Anita Zijdemans-Boudreau | Professor of Education & Director, School of Learning and Teaching, Forest Grove
503-352-3186 | zijdemans@pacificu.edu

Marcus Welsh | Assistant Professor
503-352-1568 | welshme@pacificu.edu