Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico

In Progress: Study Abroad Mexican Sign Language Program

[Please note: This program is still undergoing planning.]

We are working to create a four-week summer study abroad program in Mexico with the Piña Palmera Center.

The Piña Palmera center is located in a small town in the State of Oaxaca (Southwestern Mexico).

The center works with children with a variety of disabilities and has an established LSM (Mexican Sign Language) outreach program through which Deaf Mexican teachers bring LSM instruction to deaf children and their hearing families from around the region. (For more about Piña Palmera’s LSM program, please watch this excellent, short documentary by filmmaker Jeff Arak:

The proposed Gallaudet study abroad collaborative program at Piña Palmera will include intensive LSM classes and cultural workshops, service-learning activities, interaction with the local Deaf community, and cultural tours.

For information regarding study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, please contact Dr. Amanda Holzrichter  (

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