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Fandangos have 3 moods.
This CIASP site remembers past experiences, describes present lives, and considers future gatherings.

During the 1960's, the Conference on Inter-American Student Projects sent university students to rural Mexican communities. Hundreds of young people volunteered to spend summers living and working in the corner of the Sierra Huasteca where Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi and Queretaro converge. The CIASP site is for anyone who participated in those projects — but we also welcome American members of Amigos Anonymous and CIASP.
Welcome to CIASP Canada!

It's been 4 decades since CIASP was the centre of our lives. For most, we've had little contact with other CIASPers or our Mexican hosts. For a few, life-long friendships began in CIASP and lasted over the years. Sadly, there's been little news about the hundreds of students who shared our experience.

This web site might provide an opportunity to get back in touch — not only with old friends, but with other people who shared something that was unique and unusual.

Please use the site to share your memories and to get in touch with old friends. There is now a blogsite that is much more interactive, and it will be the companion site for this "archival link". To view the blog, go to It contains information about the Reunion held in Toronto on June 24 and 25, and will be continually updated with member posts.

"Allá hallarás mi querencia. El lugar que yo quise. Donde los sueños me enflaquecieron. Mi pueblo, leventadao sobre la llanura. Lleno de árboles y de hojas, como una alcancia donde hemos guardado nuestros recuerdos. Sentirás que allí uno quiesiera vivir para la eternidad. El amanecer; la mañana; el mediodía y la noche, siempre los mismos; pero con la diferenciad del aire. Allí, donde el aire cambia el color de las cosas; donde se ventila la vida como si fuera un murmullo; como si fuera un puro murmullo de la vida..."

Juan Rulfo: Pedro Páramo

"There you'll find the place I loved most in the world. The place where I grew thin from dreaming. My village, rising from the plain. Shaded with trees and leaves like a piggy bank filled with memories. You'll see a person would want to live there forever. Dawn, morning, midday, night; always the same except for the changes in the air. The air changes the color of things there. And life roars by as quiet as a murmur...the pure murmuring of life."

translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Rio Moctezuma

Site Basics

Send contact information

Instructions for getting in touch are on the Get In Touch link. There is a sendmail FORM that you can fill out.

There is a special REUNION 2006 MAILING ADDRESS at

Send fotos and stories

The link CIASP Memories will be used to post memories of everyone's experiences in CIASP, discuss it's meaning to us, and post archival information and pictures. The link exists only to help us track friends and share the images and memories of our time in CIASP.


There was a large reunion held on June 24 and 25 of 2006. Visit the blog site

Make certain that you also register (from this site) to add your name to a mailing list in order to receive future information

. All suggestions about this site or the blog are welcome. Visit the blogspot on a regular basis. It is the companion "interactive site" for this static web page

Privacy Concerns?

The internet often provides the opportunity to unscrupulous users to invade privacy and distribute SPAM.

The site does not post names without permission and doesn't post email or contact information without specific permission. There is no commercial purpose to this site and all viewpoints are welcome. The blog site also has several features that protect against spam and unwanted postings.

  • The site's perrmanently under construction . Unfortunately, there's only an English version of the site, but the blogspot accepts messages and posts in English, French or Spanish.

Suggestions welcome!