A Trip to Tijuana for my Daughter

My daughter’s school is really something. Today the kids flew from Denver, CO to San Diego, CA, then they took a van across the border into Mexico. Her 8th grade class is headed to Tijuana for a week.

They will be volunteering at, and also staying at, an orphanage there. My daughter says that they will, among other things, help build a wall. The concept of a bunch of rich American kids going to Mexico to work illegally as construction workers just cracks me up.

I’m sure the trip will be great, it’s a whole new experience for all of them. I’m glad to see the school pushing the kids this way. And I’m very glad for my daughter to see somewhere in Mexico besides the Yucatan, even though by all reports Tijuana is pretty skanky.

The school told my daughter that she wasn’t allowed to spike her hair with colored gel in case her colors could be mistaken for gang colors. What a thing to worry about.

They also told the kids that this trip was about total immersion, which means they weren’t allowed to bring cell phones. So no contact for a week…I will spend a lot of time this week wondering how things are going.

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5 Responses to “A Trip to Tijuana for my Daughter”

  1. Mimi
    May 12th, 2008 19:23

    How cool! I did something similar in High School. I don’t remember building any walls, but we went down to a small village in Sonora. Worked one week on repainting and repairing the school. It was a fantastic experience. Sure hope daughter enjoys it and is safe! Tijuana? WOW

  2. Islaholic Trixie
    May 16th, 2008 04:16

    Tijuana? Hope the week flies by for you. My son is going on a missions trip to Peru in August. I know I will worry the whole time!!

  3. Theresa in Mèrida
    May 17th, 2008 19:20

    My daughter went with friend’s church to Mexico to do the same thing. The kids raised money for the trip by selling “bricks”. This was around 12 years ago. They stayed at the orphanage and ate there too. I can’t remember where the orphanage was in Mexico.

  4. RiverGirl
    May 17th, 2008 19:49

    My daughter just got back from her trip. She fell in love with a 3 year old boy who’s mom had tried to sell him into prostitution. She wants to go back and see the kids again.

    They did indeed build a wall, well, they raised an existing wall to keep the thieves out.

  5. RiverGirl
    May 18th, 2008 11:26

    My daughter also reported seeing her first-ever dead body in Tijuana, it was (predictably) a cop lying in the street.

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