The Mexican Dream: When Millennials Discover Their Roots
What happens when you combine the technological expertise of millennials with the wisdom and traditions of indigenous communities in Mexico? You set off an exercise in cooperation, learning and mutual recognition.
Put more simply: Mexican-American youths go to the rainforest, valley or beach with their iPods and their ideas, in search of The Mexican Dream.
What Is The Mexican Dream?
It has roots, land, fruits and grains, wind music and wood, textiles and lagoons that boggle the mind. When the off spring of Mexican migrants in the United States return to the land of their parents, they come in search of that rhythm of origin that explains who they are and what their present means.
That is the importance of “The Mexican Dream” initiative, in which Mexican-American students with solid academic training will spend the summer of 2017 in indigenous communities in Mexico and will collaborate with their ecotourism companies. They’ll be exposed to natural treasures and traditions; in exchange, they’ll propose new business ideas.
How Will The Mexican Dream Work?
Up-and-coming leaders will come from the United States to experience their heritage and traditions. They will gain an understanding of the history and culture of the country: political, society, achievements and challenges in different regions. In exchange, they will incorporate technologies to improve production projects and pass an entrepreneurial philosophy that can make the difference on to the communities.
What Companies Will Participate in The Mexican Dream?
It will involve ten ecotourism projects selected by the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Groups and the Secretariat of Foreign Relations. They have already reached a significant level of development but still want to improve their processes in terms of work, administration and sustainability, and that’s what the young visitors will contribute.
The Mexican-American students will be immersed in the dense Lacandona Rainforest and will experience the cultural wealth of the Tojolabal and Tzotzil communities, as they learn ways to get a project like the Top Ché Tourism Center off the ground; or they’ll get to dunk into thermal waters and face the extreme sports challenges at Eco Alberto, the Mezquital Valley tourism center in Hidalgo.
Other ecotourism companies that will take part in The Mexican Dream are: Isla Pájaros (Campeche), Mujer Campesina (Morelos), Lachatao (Oaxaca), Tres Lagunas (Chiapas), Corral de Piedra (Mexico State), Ixtlán (Oaxaca), La Salitrera (Querétaro) and Cabañas Yunuén (Michoacán).
The Mexican-American participants in The Mexican Dream will be able to interact with academics and government officials and, of course, with the community itself, to delve into the dynamic of cooperation with indigenous groups or companies.
The Mexican Dream was introduced on December 19 at Rice University, in Texas; in attendance were Nuvia Mayorga, from Mexico’s National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Groups; Paulo Carreño King, the Secretariat of Foreign Relations under secretary for North America; Tony Payan, Director of the Baker Institute Mexico Center at Rice University and Óscar Rodríguez Cabrera, Consul General of Mexico in Houston.
Among the educational institutions to be involved in The Mexican Dream are the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California), the Rio Salado Community College (Tempe, Arizona), the University of Texas (Austin, Texas) and Rice University (Houston, Texas).