We are a team of highly trained professionals in the field of intercultural education and have many years of experience developing diverse study abroad experiences for a wide range of audiences.

TSIKBALWho we are and what we believe in

Tsikbal in Mayan language means a word, to talk, to have a conversation. For Tsikbal, conversing is the basis of mutual learning and enrichment; it is the possibility of finding and valuing our differences and similarities among cultures and people. Tsikbal is a Mexican educational agency that offers international educational services. It was created in 1994 and since then has worked with various institutions of higher education developing study abroad programs and establishing academic links throughout the world.

MISSION & GOALSProvide opportunities through intercultural exchange

We foster mutual respect between individuals and communities sharing experiences and learning from each other building cultural bridges. We believe international academic programs develop skills that value and understand other cultures creating an interdependent vision of the world. Intercultural experiences like the ones we offer generate conditions for an international society, able to build equal and harmonic relations among cultures and people.

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  • Graciela Cortés Camarillo


    Graciela has a PhD in Education from the University of Yucatan and Ohio University. She is the co-founder of Tsikbal and has more than 20 years of experience teaching and developing intercultural programs for both, private and public sectors. She has facilitated programs focusing in indigenous populations, students and teachers. She has dedicated her life to making a better world through intercultural education.

  • Claudia Chapa Cortés

    Co-founder & Director

    Claudia is the Director and co-founder of Tsikbal, earned her Master’s degree in international communication from ITESM in Monterrey, México. She has dedicated her professional life to intercultural education, exchange and study abroad programs in Mexico, France and Canada. She is currently doing her PhD in Education focusing in International Service Learning.

  • Anabel Flota Aguiar

    Local Coordinator

    Anabel is a visual arts specialist with a Master’s degree in business and marketing. She is the local coordinator for many of our programs. She is a professional photographer and enjoys cultural life in Merida and abroad.