September 08, 2017/
Sol Education Abroad HQ in Austin, TX and SOL onsite directors in Oaxaca City, Mexico are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of your student while abroad. This is our top priority!
In addition to responding to the daily needs of our students, and helping them to experience growth in a new environment, we take responsibility for monitoring the political, social and environmental climate of our program locations (including the campuses, host family neighborhoods, volunteer & cultural activity sites).
We are glad to report that all of our students in Oaxaca City are safe and unharmed. Our hearts go out to anyone affected by the earthquake.
We will continue to monitor the climate in Oaxaca and we encourage you to reach out to us directly with any questions or concerns about anything you may have heard in the media. Please contact our Austin, Texas office at 512-380-1003 or contact your student’s onsite director using the information provided in the director biography.
Elisha Smith, Director
SOL Announcement on 09/08/17
Last night an earthquake struck off the Oaxaca coastline: https://earthquaketrack.com/p/mexico/oaxaca/recent
Oaxaca is a state and the damages are in Juchitan and other places near the coast - not Oaxaca City. The news last night did not cover Oaxaca City where our pogram is located. Please know that Oaxaca City is far from the Pacific Ocean.
All families reported to our program director by 12:29 AM local time that all students and families were fine (a little scared though!).
The University of Oaxaca did cancel classes for today, though, so that they can evaluate the structural integrity of the buildings and classes.
EMAIL SENT TO PARENTS BY PROGRAM DIRECTORS THIS MORNING:
SUBJECT: Earthquake in Oaxaca State. ALL Students are safe.
As most of you already know an earthquake magnitud 8.1 occured last night at 11.45 pm. We contacted the host families immediately and they ALL confirmed our students are safe and accounted for.
At two host families homes electricity and land line phones weren't working for a few minutes after midnight. Everything is back to normal today. For safety reasons the University of Oaxaca decided to cancel classes today, they will check the safety situation of their buildings.
Please remember that when you hear Oaxaca in the news it refers to the State of Oaxaca, in the city of Oaxaca where our students are living, there are no damages reported. The Oaxacan region that suffered the most is the Istmo de Tehuantepec, on the pacific coast. Oaxaca city is 180 km. away from the coast, so an eventual Tsunami emergency can not affect us.
Please let me know if you have any questions, we will keep you updated.
Eva Verardo, Oaxaca Program Director
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.
If you have any further questions please let us know.
Brent Hunter, Director