AAPLAC is a small organization of people who work with or in study abroad programs in Latin America. Our members come from all academic disciplines, and they are passionate about their involvement in study abroad. AAPLAC meets annually (typically alternating between sites in Latin America and the USA) to discuss matters related to expanding and improving study abroad opportunities for students. Because AAPLAC is a small, hands-on organization, members learn a lot and greatly improve their ability to advise students on study abroad options in the region. Everyone can participate in all the sessions and have extended conversations over several days in a congenial and informal but rewarding setting. Most participants at these meetings return home invigorated and reinforced in the efforts to continue providing study opportunities in Latin America to students.
The annual conference usually is held in mid- to late-February. Conferences cover a range of issues; part of the program always deals with study abroad issues, such as pre-departure and re-entry advising, the challenges facing site directors, liability issues, etc. We also seek papers and presentations on other aspects of study abroad (such as intercultural communication issues and evaluating the quality and impact of programs), as well as those with ethnographic, historical or political content as it relates to how students in a study abroad program learn about a particular place, culture, society, etc.
Membership is based on the calendar year and is included in the conference registration fees. For those not attending the conference, the membership dues are $40.