Volunteer in Mexico

Protecting the Marine Turtles in La Penita
La Peñita, Nayarit       15 projects of 2 wks from July to January

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to protect the endangered marine turtles working in close collaboration with the local population of La Peñita Town or as they say “the place where turtles come at night”. Volunteers, along with local people and a team of professional biologists and trained staff, will develop activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations.
There are five species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle), Golfina (Olive Ridley Turtle), Laud (Leatherback Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill Turtle) and more! The size of the turtles varies from 1 meter to 2.4 meters long and the weight from 40 kg to 500 kg. Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs.

If you love nature, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful beaches close to a nice beach town, and are willing to witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!

There is a team of up to 5 experts that will be working with the volunteers in order to show them the beauty of the turtle’s life. The turtle camp has been in operation for over 25 years now.

The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night. The working hours are from 8:00pm to 8:00am, four days per week. The volunteers will be split in two teams allowing each team to have a day of work, a day off for recovery and two days off on weekends. The goal is to find the adult turtles and collect their eggs, to move the eggs to a protected place called Vivero and release newborn baby turtles into the sea when they hatch. Volunteers will also help collecting statistical data in order to learn about the evolution of the species. Activities must be carried out at night since turtles do not go out of the ocean during the day (because of natural predators, it is safer for turtles to get out of the ocean in the dark). In collaboration with local people and biologists from La Peñita, volunteers will seek for the turtles, taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles. The work place and load depend on the number of turtles that come ashore. Every day, the biologists will define which beach will be patrolled by the volunteers depending on where more turtles arrive. The group will also take part in the reconstruction of some of the most important turtle camps in the region. Locals and experts are very friendly and working with them is always fun as they explain to the team what to do.

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

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free time during the day to do many fun and interesting activities and to discover many marvelous places around. The volunteers can learn to surf, go fishing, visit and help in shelters for protection of endangered species (crocodiles), visit local towns, get to know and enjoy the local culture. Rincón de Guayabitos is well connected by bus to localities and cities around.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit solitary beaches and towns with an extraordinary natural richness. Among those places are Flamingos, with its three beautiful lakes; Bucerias, with a long beach and cobblestone streets; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a picturesque fishing town; Destiladeras, a paradise for surfers. Volunteers will have the chance to visit the Islas Marietas - one of the most beautiful places on earth, take surfing classes and travel to Sayulita, a bohemian town ideal for camping. The beaches of Rincon de Guayabitos with crystal-clear waters and calm waves resemble a large swimming pool. Nearby, participants will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and the semi-virgin beach named Chacala, the perfect site to be amazed by nature.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a hotel in La Peñita de Jaltemba, in shared rooms with all facilities at disposal: private bathroom, Wi-Fi, air conditioning. They will have full access to two swimming pools and the beach. Three meals a day are provided at the hotel restaurant consisting of good typical Mexican food. Vegetarian meals are also available.

Location: La Peñita de Jaltemba is a small beach town with approximately 20,000 inhabitants, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. It is the main service community for the popular beach resort area Rincón de Guayabitos. The closest city is Puerto Vallarta.

Nestled in the imposing Sierra Madre Occidental, and washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit is emerging as one of the most attractive and magic destinations of Mexico. The area extends approximately 300 kilometers along the coast, backed by mountainous jungle and facing coastal islands. There is plenty of remote backcountry for those wanting to see a more rustic side of rural Mexico. Banderas Bay, on the southern section of the Riviera Nayarit, is famous for being the destination spot of thousands of humpback whales that offer an unmatched spectacle. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is famous for its long seafront walkway and its vibrant nightlife. The Huichol Indians are the most famous ethnic group within the region. They are characterized by their eye-catching clothing, hats adorned with feathers and their colorful handcrafts, such as masks and animal figurines made of beads.

Nearest airports: Puerto Vallarta International Airport Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Morelia International Airport, Mexico City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 295 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 5 - July 17, 2017
July 19 - July 31, 2017
August 2 - August 14, 2017
August 16 - August 28, 2017
August 30 - September 11, 2017
September 13 - September 25, 2017
September 27 - October 9, 2017
October 11 - October 23, 2017
October 25 - November 6, 2017
November 8 - November 20, 2017
November 22 - December 4, 2017
December 6 - December 18, 2017
December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018
January 3 - January 15, 2018
January 17 - January 29, 2018

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Improving the lives of indigenous children in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       2 projects of 2 wks in July and November

Volunteer project: We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working closely with the local community, students and indigenous children from Zacapoaxtla, Puebla. Volunteers will develop various workshops and activities. The goal of this project is to share culture with indigenous children and youngsters, to give them life skills and tools for achieving better quality of life, to promote respect, mutual learning and growth.

Volunteers, together with university students of Puebla, will organize workshops of crafts, recycling, ornamental and botanical gardening, dance, painting, elaboration of international dishes. You will also help in the construction of gardens, help in cleaning activities and maintenance of the houses of the indigenous children and put in practice cultural exchange through dance and language workshops.

This project is the perfect opportunity to learn Spanish and some indigenous languages!

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

Leisure time: Zacapoaxtla offers great touristic attractions that volunteers can enjoy in their free time. They can visit the archaeological site of Cuetzalan and Cantona and some other magical towns nearby, the ecotourism center of Apulco, marvelous caves and waterfalls, San Gabriel ecotourism center, Puebla City, the capital of the state, and many other places.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a private house with all facilities, kitchen, dining room, sleeping rooms. There are no beds so please bring an air mat and sleeping bag. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zacapoaxtla is located in the northern part of the State of Puebla and it has 8062 inhabitants. It is located 172 km from the capital of the state, the city of Puebla.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 165 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 5 - July 18, 2017
November 8 - November 21, 2017

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Art therapy program for kids with cancer
Morelia, Michoacan       July 19 - August 1, 2017

Volunteer project: Cancer patients suffer not only physical discomfort, but also various psychological conditions: depression and anxiety. In Mexico, cancer is the second leading cause of death. It is estimated that each year 7,000 new cancer cases occur in women under 20 years. Art and music therapy can help cancer patients to have a better quality of life, to cope with their disease and get a better life. Volunteers will develop art therapy workshops involving music and visual art, through various art techniques that bring benefits such as reflection, expression and relaxation. This activity is a process of self-expression, which helps patients to organize their internal reaction to the events happening in their lives. These art therapy workshops, developed by volunteers and artists who work on a voluntary basis, will be an outlet to channel and express the point of view of patients without pressure, just being guided by artistic techniques.
This project is supported methodologically by the Mexican Association for Help for Children with Cancer, which is dedicated to the comprehensive care for children and adolescents of low resources suffering from cancer.

The activities are driven to benefit both patients and volunteers:
- To conduct art therapy workshops for children and teenagers with cancer, led by volunteers and professional artists on a voluntary basis where the subject is music.
- To create works of sculpture and collage, inspired by specific musical pieces.
- To raise public awareness through the pieces of art produced by children and teenagers with cancer.
- To raise awareness through activities that involve visual arts, so that volunteers contribute and help those fragile groups.

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

Leisure time: In their spare time, volunteers can take a walk in downtown which has many cultural activities throughout the year and discover the variety of historic buildings and monuments. For those looking to surround themselves by natural wonders, Morelia offers many options: Patzcuaro's lake and the ancient pyramids of Tzintzuntzan, the magical towns of Cuitzeo, Patzcuaro and Santa Clara del Cobre, the islands of the Pancada, Janitzio among others that the native cultures identified as the border between worlds, and several ceremonial centers of the Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic times.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a youth hostel in Morelia City. Full board is provided as well as local transportation for the work and leisure activities. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: The project is organized in Morelia city, a very beautiful and dynamic place and the state capital of Michoacan. It is an increasingly popular destination, and rightly so: the colonial heart of the city is so well preserved that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991, and its cathedral is not just gorgeous, it’s inspirational.
Morelia, founded in 1541, was one of the first Spanish cities in Nueva España. The first viceroy, Antonio de Mendoza, named it Valladolid after the Spanish city and he encouraged Spanish nobility to move here with their families. In 1828, after Nueva España had become the Republic of Mexico, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of local hero José María Morelos y Pavón, a key figure in Mexico’s independence.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Morelia Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Organizing fun and educational activities for children
Zacatlan, Puebla       July 19 - August 1, 2017

Volunteer project: This project looks forward to promote an active and positive lifestyle for children in the community of Zacatlan to develop physical and mental skills, as well as encourage good behavior and positive habits and values such as responsibility, respect and trust, seeking to develop character, positive attitude and leadership.

The volunteers together with local youngsters and facilitators will help to organize many activities full of energy such as games, football, basketball, singing, dancing, painting, environmental workshops and many more. There will be fun challenges that we are sure will be energizing for you and the children.

Special requirements: The project is open for volunteers who love nature and children, who can appreciate the life in a typical Mexican town which is close to many nice and interesting places to visit. This project involves physical activities and we need very motivated volunteers.

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

Leisure time: It is possible to visit nice places like Piedras ensimadas, the Zaatlan surroundings, as well as the magical towns of Chignahuapan and Tuxpan harbor.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities, kitchen, dining room, sleeping rooms. There are no beds so please bring an air mat and sleeping bag. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: The project is be organized in Jicolapa community, a nice Mexican town located in the Municipality of Zacatlán in the State of Puebla, with 3,151 inhabitants.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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Awareness campaigns in Leon
Leon, Guanajuato       August 23 - September 5, 2017

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is to promote cultural exchange with local students and organize a series of campaigns and workshops between international and local volunteers to promote values, care for the environment and the importance of global awareness and education.

The international volunteers will be a fundamental element to carry out campaigns to prevent bullying and promote tolerance, respect and care for the environment, as well as the importance of internationalization and mastery of a second or third language as tools for personal growth and building international cooperation for a better world.
The participants will have the opportunity to plant trees as a symbol of brotherhood between countries.

Special requirements: This project is open for volunteers who love the interaction with youngsters and are ready to have a wonderful cultural exchange leaving a mark and friendships that will last forever! Be prepared to realize indoor and outdoor activities.

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

Leisure time: In the spare time, volunteers can visit different tourist spots in Leon and the surroundings such as: Science Center, Explora Park, Museum of Art and History of Guanajuato, Plaza de los Martires, Dos de Enero, Leon Zoo, Metropolitan Park, downtown of Leon, Zona Piel, Expo Bicentenario de Mexico.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities, kitchen, dining room, sleeping rooms. There are no beds so please bring an air mat and sleeping bag. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: The project is organized in Leon, a very dynamic city of Mexico, famous for its shoes and leather products industry, with many and interesting activities to do and a very safe and enjoyable environment.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Leon City Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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Environmental protection and awareness activities in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       October 11 - October 24, 2017

Volunteer project: The mission of this project is to work against climate change and encourage local children and youngsters to participate in environmental protection activities, applying techniques for organic composting and vermicomposting as well as techniques for the separation of solid wastes and to participate in the reforestation of degraded areas, contributing to the mitigation of the effects caused by climate change.

As an international volunteer, you will be in charge of providing workshops on environmental education, will help to carry out practices on eco technology, will learn from local experts and will also share successful stories from your country about environmental education, urban solid waste management, alternative energies and eco techniques.
Volunteers will also encourage cultural exchange with students through English speaking clubs.
If you want to share your knowledge about environmental practices, have fun and make many new friends, this project is right for you.

Special requirements: The project is open for volunteers who are interested in environmental issues and a diverse range of activities, who are active and enjoy sharing culture and making new friends. Participants must be motivated to be active and to work indoors and outdoors.

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

Leisure time: Zacapoaxtla offers great touristic attractions that volunteers can enjoy in their free time. They can visit the archaeological site of Cuetzalan and Cantona and some other magical towns nearby, the ecotourism center of Apulco, marvelous caves and waterfalls, San Gabriel ecotourism center, Puebla City, the capital of the state, and many other places.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities, kitchen, dining room, sleeping rooms. There are no beds so please bring an air mat and sleeping bag. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zacapoaxtla is located in the northern part of the State of Puebla and it has 8062 inhabitants. It is located 172 km from the capital of the state, the city of Puebla.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 165 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in Mexico