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Renovating schools and public spaces in Michoacan
Morelia, Michoacan          June 15 - July 1, 2011

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organized for the 4th time in Morelia City. Many volunteers from all over the world have participated. The local host of the project will be happy to welcome a new group of volunteers this year. Past volunteers have helped to improve the conditions of life of the people living in the small communities that surround the city, restored medical dispensaries, painted sports courts and made public spaces more friendly and accessible. The interaction with the local people is great and volunteers have the opportunity to make many new friends. The local people have always welcomed the international volunteers with open arms and this makes a memorable international experience. If you are looking for a project taking place in a very nice city with a lot of culture and history, where you can do something useful and make new friends, this is the right project for you!

International volunteers will be involved in different activities in cooperation with groups of local volunteers: cleaning, maintenance, renovation and beautifying places for social activities such as gardens, squares, schools and sport facilities. The local volunteers are looking forward to welcome the international volunteers to have a meaningful work experience together but also to make friends and show the Mexican culture!

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many possibilities for leisure activities in and around Morelia. The city is 500 years old and is a very famous cultural place of Mexico. It is well know for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is catalogued as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The city offers many cultural activities such as cinema, theater, music, night clubs, expositions and festivals. It is also very easy to organize a weekend at the beach, since the city is just 3 hours away from the Pacific coast. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magic towns like Patzcuaro, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, as well as natural reserves and other colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: beds, kitchen, hot water, etc.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato city (2 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Restoration and preservation of the historic town centre of Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan          July 6 - July 22, 2011

Volunteer project: This will be the 6th year this project is organized in Morelia City. The aim of this project is to maintain the historic Morelia’s downtown declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and to preserve all its splendor and beauty. Morelia is a beautiful colonial city built in “pink stone”. It has a really nice weather. Volunteers in past projects helped in different restoration activities and workshops to create awareness about the importance to preserve the World Cultural Heritage. The local host will be happy to have a new group because of the very good memories of past volunteers and the very good results of this project. People in Morelia are very friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very nice city with a lot of culture and history, to do something useful and make new friends, this project is for you!

Together with groups of local volunteers, the international volunteers will take part in different activities to restore historical buildings, paint specific parts of the downtown as well as maintenance tasks such as restoration of ancient fountains. The local volunteers are looking forward to welcome the international volunteers to do meaningful work but also to make friends and show them Mexican culture!

Language: The official language of the project is English but some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many possibilities for leisure activities in and around Morelia. The city is 500 years old and is a very famous cultural place of Mexico. It is well known for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is catalogued as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The city offers many cultural activities such as cinema, theater, music, night clubs, expositions and festivals. It is also very easy to organize a weekend at the beach, since the city is just 3 hours away from the Pacific coast. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magic towns like Patzcuaro, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, as well as natural reserves and other colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: beds, kitchen, hot water, etc.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato city (2 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Water conservation and global warming awareness
Morelia, Michoacan          July 6 - July 22, 2011

Volunteer project: This will be de 2nd time this project will be hosted in Morelia City. The project host was very happy with the results of the past group of international volunteers and this year is happy to welcome a new group. Volunteers will participate in activities in the University in Morelia to promote better use of water, ecological awareness and preventing the global warming. There will be many local students involved in this project and very interesting cultural exchanges. The people in Morelia are really nice and friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very beautiful colonial city with a lot of culture and history, inside of an educational institution, interacting with many nice youngsters in a spirit of taking care of our planet, doing something useful and making new friends, this is the project for you!

Volunteers will help to install a system for saving water in the university (simple excavation and placement of hoses), will do some restoration work to make the green areas in the university more beautiful and will set ecological messages in the campus. Volunteers will also participate in workshops with local students about the actions to prevent the global warming and exchange of ideas and good practices in different countries.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many possibilities for leisure activities in and around Morelia. The city is 500 years old and is a very famous cultural place of Mexico. It is well know for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is catalogued as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The city offers many cultural activities such as cinema, theater, music, night clubs, expositions and festivals. It is also very easy to organize a weekend at the beach, since the city is just 3 hours away from the Pacific coast. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magic towns like Patzcuaro, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, as well as natural reserves and other colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, hot water, etc. There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mat.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato city (2 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Protecting the Marine Turtles at Colola
Colola, Michoacan          July 6 - July 22, 2011
Colola, Michoacan          July 27 - August 12, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          September 7 - September 23, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          September 28 - October 14, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          October 19 - November 4, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          November 9 - November 25, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          November 30 - December 16, 2011
          Colola, Michoacan          December 21, 2011 - January 6, 2012

Volunteer project: For over 14 years this project has been organized in the Turtle Camp at Colola Beach with extraordinary results. This project is the source of many beautiful stories; hundreds of volunteers from all over the world had participated. The aim of this projects is to protect the marine turtles working in tight collaboration with the local population who lives in Colola Town or as they say “the place where dreams come true”. Volunteers along with local people will realize activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations. There are two species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle) and Golfina (Olive Riddle Turtle), the size of the turtles vary from 1 meter to 1.5 meters long and the weight from 40 kg to 100 kg. Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs. If you like nature, to spend time in an astonishing beautiful virgin beach far away from hotels and tourists, and witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!

The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night, finding the adult turtles and collecting the eggs, burying them in a secure place (vivero in Spanish) and setting the baby turtles free back in to the ocean. This must be carried out by night since turtles do not go out the ocean by day (because of natural predators, it is safer for turtles to get out the ocean in the dark). In collaboration with local indigenous people from Colola, volunteers will seek for the turtles taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles. Locals are very friendly and working with them is very pleasant as they explain to the group what to do. We need very motivated volunteers who really want to get involved in this project willing to interact with the local people and their culture.
There are also some extra activities to do with the local people to help improve the town such as setting names to the streets or helping to arrange an all purpose playground for the children and maybe some cleaning tasks, but it depends on your initiative! Local people are very open to participate in other activities and volunteers can also propose their own initiatives, so your ideas will be welcomed!

Language: The official language of the project is English but some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many nice activities that can be done close to Colola Beach. For example you can visit Chicuasa, a small spot protected by reefs that make a natural pool where you can go swimming every day. It is also possible to discover other towns such as La Placita or Maruata. Also if you prefer, you can visit big touristic centers such as Ixtapa and Manzanillo for the weekend.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the turtle camp in a wooden construction, made of coco palm trees. It is safe and very fresh (needed in the warm weather of the beach!). There are wooden beds (no mattresses), a kitchen, a rustic bathroom and a place to stock food. There is electricity just enough to light some lamps and it is necessary to bring sleeping bag and mattress. The place is basic but functional and it is located 20 to 30 minutes walking from Colola town. Colola is a small town but it has modern services such as internet access, medical services and telephone.

Location: Colola is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It's a remote place that offers an excellent opportunity to be close to nature, on a virgin beach, with no tourism around. The closest city is Tecoman.

Nearest airport: The biggest closest international airport is in Mexico City.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Entrepreneur workshops with children in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan          July 27 - August 12, 2011

Volunteer project: This will be the 3rd year this project is organized and it has been a great success. Through this project, we have the goal of fostering an entrepreneur culture where local children could have a wide learning experience through sharing opinions, working methods and experiences with the local students and international volunteers in a multicultural environment. Facing different cultures and thinking in new ways, we can open communication channels throughout the world to make children and youngsters conscious about being responsible entrepreneurs within a multicultural frame and being respectful of cultural diversity as well as diversity in ideas and thinking and being socially responsible, taking care about the environment. There will be many local students involved in this project and very interesting cultural exchanges. People in Morelia are really nice and friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very beautiful colonial city with a lot of culture and history, interaction with many nice youngsters and children in a spirit of taking care of our planet and promoting a new way of looking at the world, do something useful and make new friends, this project is for you!

Volunteers will participate in the organization of different workshops to awake the consciousness among children about being responsible entrepreneurs and motivating them to build and shape a life project having clear goals and to encourage them to continue studying. They will have the mission of motivating and encouraging children to discover all their potential. They will also carry out some tasks of reforestation in the surroundings to awake the conscience within the population about preserving the environment.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many possibilities for leisure activities in and around Morelia. The city is 500 years old and is a very famous cultural place of Mexico. It is well know for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is catalogued as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The city offers many cultural activities such as cinema, theater, music, night clubs, expositions and festivals. It is also very easy to organize a weekend at the beach, since the city is just 3 hours away from the Pacific coast. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magic towns like Patzcuaro, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, as well as natural reserves and other colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, hot water, etc. There are no beds, so please bring a sleeping bag and air mat.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato city (2 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Discover Mayan culture, practice sustainable lifestyle and work with children in Quintana Roo
Ciudad Chemuyil, Quintana Roo          July 27 - August 12, 2011

Volunteer project: Ciudad Chemuyil is a community that lives according to the principles of sustainability and respect for the environment. For the past 2 years the community hosted international volunteer groups and was well impressed with the projects’ success. In the past groups, volunteers realized many social and cultural activities, creating summer workshops in which children and young people could learn about different subjects such as recycling waste, languages (English, French, Italian, etc), arts, painting, typical dances, to contribute to develop they personal skills, have an intercultural exchange, and contribute at the same time to the social welfare. For this year, the community of Ciudad Chemuyil will be happy to host a new group of international volunteers to organize cultural, social and sports activities with children and youngsters during the summer. If you like to discover Mayan culture and practice a sustainable lifestyle in the marvelous environment of the Mexican Caribbean, this project is just for you!

Volunteers will take part and help running different activities like workshops to create handcrafts using recycling materials, reading and dance workshops, small circles of conversation in different languages and also in sports activities (football, volleyball, beach volleyball).

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: The area surrounding Ciudad Chemuyil offers a big number of activities. It is very close to a wonderful place called Playa del Carmen, a really nice beach town. Cancun city is also very close and it’s very famous for its vibrant nightlife style. There are many night clubs in Cancun such as Cocobongo, as well as other cultural and leisure places such as cinema, restaurants, swimming with dolphins, and nice tours by the islands such as Isla Mujeres. It is also possible to visit Natural parks such as Xel Ha or Mayan Ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum. It is also possible to travel to Belize for a weekend.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, bathroom, shower. There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mattress.

Location: Ciudad Cemuyil is located at Solidaridad Municipality at the Carribean coast in Mexico, 50 km from Cancun City.

Nearest airport: Cancun City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Sea turtle preservation project on Isla de Pajaros
Michigan, Guerrero          July 27 - August 12, 2011

Volunteer project: This project has been organized for more than 8 years with very good results. It is located on a wonderful island in a virgin beach. One of the goals of this project is to create awareness within the local population, at national and international level, about the importance of the preservation, protection and rescue of the population of marine turtles in the Mexican coastal line.
In this project there is a very interesting situation, since from the eight existing species of marine turtles in the world, seven arrive in Mexico and two of them nest in our working zone: the Golfina turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and the Laud turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), both endangered species. The size of the turtles vary from 0.3 to 0.5 meters (Golfina) to 2.10 meters long and weight up to 200 kg (Laud Turtle), Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs.
If you like nature, the adventure to spend a time in an astonishing beautiful virgin beach, far away from hotels and tourists, and witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!

Volunteers will work along with professional biologists to carry out actions focused in protecting the females and their nests through making brigades to collect eggs and bring them to the camping, making sure that the female is going back to the sea. Volunteers will also lay the eggs into incubators, carrying out a register of statistical data (looking out at the nests and registering survival data) and liberating the baby turtles safely in the ocean.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many activities that can be done for leisure time for example visiting nice places such as Zihuatanejo Beach, Puerto Escondido or Playa Ojo de Agua.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in big tents in the turtle’s camping with all facilities at disposal (kitchen, bathrooms, shower). There are no beds, so please bring a sleeping bag and air mat. There is also no electricity in the camp.

Location: The project is located in Playa Michigan. The place is famous among local and foreign people because of its virgin beach. There are no touristic developments nearby and the access is made by boat. It takes 10 minutes from the shore and it is separate from the land by a lagoon so it is a place where salty and sweet water combine. The closest city is called Tecpan de Galeana, where you can find all the services. It takes 45 minutes to get there.

Nearest airport: The closest international airport is located at Ixtapa, Zihutanejo City, but you can also arrive in Mexico City Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Volunteers for equality and social justice
Guadalajara, Jalisco          August 17 - September 2, 2011

Volunteer project: Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico, as well as one of the most emblematic ones for the Mexican Culture. Guadalajara is known as the land of Mariachis and Tequila! It has a very rich cultural tradition and a very interesting history. It’s a vibrant place full of activities to do but also with many problems as any other big city in the world.
This project is organized with the objective to promote equality among people who live in Guadalajara. The local host will welcome a group of international volunteers to work with groups of local youngsters in different activities oriented towards community support, promoting equality and social justice. This project seeks to give to all the participants a space to have cultural exchange, share ideas, show their culture and learn also from the culture of Mexico. If you like to be in a modern but also traditional atmosphere, in a very nice city with many nice youngsters, you like cultural exchanges and to make new friends, this project is for you!

The international volunteers will organize and participate in workshops with local youngsters to exchange ideas about the opportunities for the youngsters in a globalized world. They will help in the organization of public concerts in the city.
The group will also help to restore public spaces to make them more beautiful and friendly. Together with local youngsters they will participate in a program to prevent the graffiti and support cleaning campaigns to promote the awareness among the people about the importance of having a clean and beautiful city.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: Guadalajara is a very big city with many activities to enjoy (cultural, social, ecological, etc). It’s famous for its mariachis, the food and folklore (Guadalajara has the Garibaldi Restaurants which has the title of the "fastest restaurant in the world" according to Guiness Records). Inside the city, it is possible to visit many places such as the “Mercado de San Juan de Dios” where you can find literally everything, Colomos Park famous for its Japanese Garden, Hospicio Cabañas (a wonderful museum with paints of David Alfaro Siquerios, a world famous muralist). Guadalajara is close to very beautiful beaches such as San Blas, Puerto Vallarta and the world famous town Tequila (which is the place where all the tequila that is sold in the world is produced). It is also very close to the biggest lake in Mexico, Chapala and to colonial cities such as Morelia and Guanajuato.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, bathroom, shower. There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mattress.

Location: Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico. It has a population of 1,500,000 inhabitants in the urban area.

Nearest airport: The closest international airport is located in Guadalajara City.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Entrepreneur workshops with children in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan          August 17 - September 2, 2011

Volunteer project: This will be the 3rd year this project is organized and it has been a great success. Through this project, we have the goal of fostering an entrepreneur culture where local children could have a wide learning experience through sharing opinions, working methods and experiences with the local students and international volunteers in a multicultural environment. Facing different cultures and thinking in new ways, we can open communication channels throughout the world to make children and youngsters conscious about being responsible entrepreneurs within a multicultural frame and being respectful of cultural diversity as well as diversity in ideas and thinking and being socially responsible, taking care about the environment. There will be many local students involved in this project and very interesting cultural exchanges. People in Morelia are really nice and friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very beautiful colonial city with a lot of culture and history, interaction with many nice youngsters and children in a spirit of taking care of our planet and promoting a new way of looking at the world, do something useful and make new friends, this project is for you!

Volunteers will participate in the organization of different workshops to awake the consciousness among children about being responsible entrepreneurs and motivating them to build and shape a life project having clear goals and to encourage them to continue studying. They will have the mission of motivating and encouraging children to discover all their potential. They will also carry out some tasks of reforestation in the surroundings to awake the conscience within the population about preserving the environment.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many possibilities for leisure activities in and around Morelia. The city is 500 years old and is a very famous cultural place of Mexico. It is well know for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is catalogued as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The city offers many cultural activities such as cinema, theater, music, night clubs, expositions and festivals. It is also very easy to organize a weekend at the beach, since the city is just 3 hours away from the Pacific coast. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magic towns like Patzcuaro, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, as well as natural reserves and other colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, hot water, etc. There are no beds, so please bring a sleeping bag and air mat.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato city (2 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Education, art and cultural exchange activities in Cancun
Cancun, Quintana Roo          September 7 - September 23, 2011

Volunteer project: This project is organized in the beautiful city of Cancun on the marvelous Caribbean coast of Mexico. It is a place well known all over the world for its beauty. However it is also a place for intercultural encounters. Over the past years, many successful projects had been organized in Cancun. This year, a group of international volunteers is invited to participate in activities promoting intercultural exchange on different themes such as education, arts, cultural expressions and science, looking forward to improve the quality of life of local families through education. Volunteers will also participate in the organization of an intercultural forum and will be part of the event to commemorate the independence of Mexico.
If you like to exchange ideas and make new friends, help to improve the life of other people, participate in intercultural exchanges surrounded by Mayan culture in a beautiful Caribbean environment, this project is for you!

The international volunteers, together with local youngsters, will participate in a campaign to promote intercultural exchanges in different communities of Cancun City. They will realize workshops with local families to improve their knowledge about computing, math, English language and also will organize dance, theater and plastic arts workshops with local youngsters. The volunteers will also participate in the organization of the Intercultural Forum “My country, my traditions” and the event to celebrate the Independence of Mexico.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: Cancun is a very famous city all over the world. There are many cultural and leisure places such as cinema, restaurants, swimming with dolphins and nice tours by the islands close to the city such as Isla Mujeres. It is also possible to visit Natural parks such as Xel Ha or Mayan Ruins such as Chichen Itza or Tulum. It is also possible to travel to Belize for a weekend. The area surrounding Cancun offers a really big number of activities. It is very close to a wonderful place called Playa del Carmen, a really nice beach town with all facilities. Cancun city is also well known for its vibrant night life and many clubs such as Cocobongo.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, bathroom, shower. There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mattress.

Location: Cancun is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico in a very beautiful area.

Nearest airport: Cancun City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Marine turtle protection program in Marquelia
Marquelia, Guerrero          September 28 - October 14, 2011
Marquelia, Guerrero          October 19 - November 4, 2011
          Marquelia, Guerrero          November 9 - November 25, 2011
          Marquelia, Guerrero          November 30 - December 16, 2011
          Marquelia, Guerrero          December 21, 2011 - January 6, 2012

Volunteer project: This is the 3rd year this project is organized at the Turtle Camp Sirenito Macho in Marquelia Town. One of the goals of this project is to create awareness within the local population, at national and international level, about the importance of the preservation, protection and rescue of the population of marine turtles in the Mexican coastal line. In this project, there is a very interesting situation since from the eight existing species of marine turtles in the world, seven arrive in Mexico and two of them nest in our working zone: the Golfina turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and the Laud turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), both endangered species. The size of the turtles vary from 0.3 to 0.5 meters (golfina) to 2.10 meters long and the weight up to 200 kg (Laud Turtle). Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs. If you like nature, adventure, and to spend time on a typical beach, close to a nice Mexican town, to witness the magic that nature had created for millions of years, this project is for you!

Volunteers will carry out different tasks to help to preserve two different kinds of marine turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea and Dermochelys Coracea) by collecting the eggs that the females lay down in the zone and putting them into a yard at the turtles’ camping. They will also take care of the baby turtles. Volunteers will help to release and lead them safely back to the ocean. The group will also help to collect statistical data and patrol the zone where the turtles nest at night. They will have, finally, the opportunity to contribute to cleaning the beach.

Volunteers will also take part in workshops in the local schools to promote the awareness about protecting the life of the turtles to ensure their survival in the future and teach children and new generations a new relationship in harmony with the environment and in peace with nature.

Language: The official language of the project is English but some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: There are many activities that can be done in the leisure time, for example visiting nice places such as Zihuatanejo Beach or Puerto Escondido.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in big tents in the turtle’s camping with all facilities at disposal (kitchen, bathrooms, shower). There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mat.

Location: This project is located in Marquelia town in Guerrero state. The camp place has electricity, telephone and Internet.

Nearest airport: The closest international airport is located at Acapulco City, but you can also arrive in Mexico City Airport.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

Middle-term projects in Mexico

 

Teaching English and promoting cultural exchange in Mexican communities
Michoacan state          August 19 - December 11, 2011

Volunteer project: This Long Term Program has been running since 2003 with excellent results. The international exchange and cultural understanding is an important tool for the education of every human being. This project was born within this philosophy: long-term volunteers are needed to work in schools in different Mexican communities (one volunteer per school), helping with activities involving local youngsters to promote cultural exchange and learning.

Volunteer work: Each volunteer will be a part of the school staff. He/she will be giving English and/or French classes to the local youngsters, students of the school and probably to local people of the town. The average age of the students is between 15 and 19 years old. The volunteer will also help to organize local groups of ecology or sports and run some activities for the people of the town, most of which oriented to develop positive activities for the local youngsters. The volunteer will be assisted by the teachers of the school.
Please note that the detailed schedule of activities cannot be provided at this time due to the long duration of the project. The activities must be agreed by you and the host of the project before you start working in the school. Also please have in mind that in Mexico the concept of time and organization is far more relaxed than in many other countries, so please be flexible.

The hosting organization also runs projects for groups of international volunteers that stay in some communities for 20 days, participating in activities for the development of the town. If the community welcomes such a group of international volunteers, the long term volunteer will help in the organization of the activities that the international group will carry out.
An orientation meeting about the project and Latin American culture will be given to all the volunteers.

Special requirements:
- To be able to speak Spanish and English or French.
- To be 18 years old or older.
- To be in a good state of health.
- To be open-minded and able to understand and live in a different culture, to be adaptable and be able to work in teams for a long term period.
- To have previous experience working with teams
- It is important to have own medical insurance.
- To be active and proactive person, able to organize and manage within a group

Language: Spanish and English

Location: The possible volunteer placements are in:
Acahuato, Cahulote, Churumuco, Epitacio Huerta, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Las Cruces, Manga de Cuimbo, Paracuaro, Penjamillo, Senguio, Tzintzingareo. All of the communities are located in Michoacan State. Once the volunteers are accepted, the communities will be designated to them, depending on their skills and experience.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted by a local family. Hosting and food are provided for the whole length of the project. Volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag and a mattress.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                                                  

 

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