Koene to lead Mexico study trip

Piet Koene, a Spanish instructor who was chosen as Iowa’s Professor of the Year in 2004, is leading a four-week course to Mexico this summer. As with his previous trip in 2000, students will spend time in Mexico City and Oaxaca, learning about Mexican society and culture and studying the Spanish language.

“Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and very urban,” Koene says. “Oaxaca is very historical and very much influenced by indigenous cultures.”

In addition to several hours of classes four days a week, students will participate in day trips in and outside of Mexico City. They will live with Mexican host families and also spend five days traveling to and exploring Oaxaca.

“We want students to learn—or begin to learn—what it means to live like a Mexican in Mexico, within Mexican society,” Koene says. “Hopefully, the experience will change their worldview.”