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Protecting the Marine Turtles at Colola
Colola, Michoacan
       May 7 - May 23, 2014
                 May 28 - June 13, 2014
                 June 18 - July 4, 2014
                 July 9 - July 25, 2014
                 July 30 - August 15, 2014
                 August 20 - September 5, 2014
                 September 10 - September 26, 2014
                 October 1 - October 17, 2014
                 October 22 - November 7, 2014
                 November 12 - November 28, 2014
                 December 3 - December 19, 2014
                 January 7 - January 23, 2014
                 January 28 - February 13, 2015
                 February 18 - March 6, 2015
                 March 11 - March 27, 2015
                 April 22 - May 08, 2015
                 May 13 - May 29, 2015
                 June 3 - June 19, 2015

Volunteer project: For over 16 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 project 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 varies 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, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful virgin beach far away from hotels and tourists, and are willing to 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 into the ocean. This 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 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 Colola, in a wooden construction, made of coco palm trees. It is safe and very fresh (needed, considering the warm weather at 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

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

My Trip to Colola, Michoacan, Mexico:

"The paperwork wasn’t lying when they said you’d be sleeping in a palm hut! The beds are made of wooden boards, so it is behoove of you to bring a sleeping pad! The place itself is pretty secluded. Town is maybe 10-20 minutes walking distance from the camp. There are a few small stores with the bare necessities and a computer lab. Outlets in Mexico are the same as in the United States; the camp didn’t have any but the town did have a few. Don’t be surprised if you have horses, donkeys, or cows walking through the camp.

 The locals work by the week; so each week you work with a different group of people. They always have at least one person there ‘on watch’. Generally, depending on who their team leader was, we would start work between 2000 and 2100. Work would last 4-7 hours. One to two volunteers are usually assigned to a local. There are four zones on the beach; two of them are collecting and two are marking. Depending on who you work with and certain zones, you can mark the turtles with a metal tattoo / tag that contains a tracking number. The collecting zones involve waiting for the females to lay their eggs, helping move her out of the hole, measuring the length of the female’s shell, noting if she has a tag, the time, zone, and digging up the eggs (anywhere from 1 to over 130) for transport. Once collected, the eggs are transported back to camp where they are buried and marked. There is also a group assigned to release. Once the babies come to the surface, you collect and count them before taking them down to the ocean for release.

 Our group got up between 0900 and 1000 for a late breakfast. Some people went to the town for food, supplies, or internet. Others stayed at camp to read, clean up, nap, or enjoy the beach. Swimming is not authorized at the turtle camp; however, you could go just beyond the town and go swimming there. On the weekends we would usually go to a beach either farther east or west of camp for different scenery. There are some walls in the town that could use a nice mural or something on them… we didn’t have time. A few of us did post signs along the road marking how close the camp was (500 m, 1000m, and 1500m). Don’t be afraid to hitchhike, by far the cheapest and quickest way to get around.

 The trip was an amazing time. I met some awesome people from all over- Finland, Wales, South Korea, France, Mexico, and the United States. I’d recommend this kind of volunteer project to anyone that loves the outdoors, beaches, and turtles! "

Natalie D.,
Cadip volunteer 2010

 

Native Dance Festival in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla          June 18 - July 1, 2014

Volunteer project: In this project, a group of international volunteers will participate in activities to promote the culture and native dances of Puebla. In coordination with the Town of Zacapoaxtla, the volunteers will celebrate the foundation of the town, and will collaborate in the Mijtoticuicacalli Fest in order to preserve and spread the local culture through dance. There will be many local students involved in this project and very interesting cultural exchanges. The people of Zacapoaxtla are very nice and friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very beautiful town in the Mexican mountains, an opportunity for interaction with many nice youngsters, promotion of traditional dances and making new friends, this project is for you.

Volunteers will participate in the organization of the dance festival, visiting the surrounding communities to get to know the origin, the dresses and the meaning of the dances, even learning some steps. The group will also attend some cultural tours to discover the local artisanal products. We expect the volunteers to be willing and able to share the culture and traditions of their countries with the local students.

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

Leisure time: There are many possibilities to organize leisure activities in and around Zacapoaxtla. There are two ancient places known as Cuetzalan, a Prehispanic archaeological site and the archaeological zone “Cantona”. There are also many caves around the town, such as Zapotitlan Caves, Xochitlán Caves and you can get some beautiful local crafts there.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in houses with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, hot water, etc. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Zacapoaxtla town is located in the East of Mexico, in Puebla State, the home of Popocatepetl, the second highest volcano in Mexico. The town is connected by bus and it’s located very close to big cities such as Mexico City (4 hours), Puebla City (2 hours) or Boca del Rio beach (3.5 hrs).

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

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Reforestation and environmental awareness work with the local people of Puebla
Ciudad Serdán, Puebla          June 18 - July 1, 2014

Volunteer project: An international group of volunteers is invited in Ciudad Serdan to participate in activities promoting care for the environment and ecological awareness campaigns. There will be many local students, interested in preserving the environment, who will be involved in this project along with the international participants. If you like to think green and stay cool, this workcamp is for you!

The international volunteers will realize different activities in cooperation with local students in the town of Chalchicomula. Among the activities that are foreseen, we can point out:
• Reforestation activities in the town and the university: planting trees with local college and school students in the areas designated by the local government, in groups of 15 people.
• “Don't litter” campaign: Volunteers will act as environment inspectors in the community, promoting putting trash in the right place. They will be responsible for giving distinction to the people who support the activity.
• Conferences on environmental awareness with high school students.

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

Leisure time: There are many possibilities to organize leisure activities around Ciudad Serdan. Very close is the Pico de Orizaba - the highest volcano and mountain in all of Mexico with its ecological park. You can visit the “Cuautlancingo” archaeological zone, and some beautiful natural places such as the lakes of Aljojuca and Tecuitlapla with the waterfall Chilchota. You can also visit the 4th largest city in the country, Puebla, which is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico.

 

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in houses with all facilities at disposal: kitchen, hot water, etc. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ciudad Serdan is located in the East of Mexico, in Puebla State, near the Citlaltépetl (Pico de Orizaba), which is the highest volcano in Mexico (measured 5747 m above sea level). It is famous for its plains producing basic grains such as corn, beans, barley and wheat, and was known as the breadbasket of Mexico. Its average altitude is 2520m above sea level. The town is well connected by bus and is located very close to big cities such as Mexico city (3,5 hours), Puebla city (1,5 hours) or Boca del Rio beach (2.5 hours).

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

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Entrepreneur workshops with children in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan          June 25 - July 11, 2014

Volunteer project: This will be the 6th 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 of the environment. There will be many local students involved in this project and very interesting cultural exchanges. People in Morelia are very 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, and willing to 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 raise awareness among 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 known for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is listed 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. Please bring your sleeping bag.

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

Extra fee: 75 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration and preservation of the historic town centre of Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan          July 9 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: This will be the 9th year this project is organized in Morelia City. The aim of the 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 of preserving 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 involving restoration of historical buildings, painting specific parts of the downtown area, as well as maintenance tasks such as restoration of ancient fountains. The local volunteers are looking forward to welcome the international participants to work together on meaningful projects 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 listed 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.

Location: Morelia city is located in the center of Mexico. It is very well connected by bus and is located 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 the Mexican Caribbean
Ciudad Chemuyil, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo      July 9 - 25, 2014

Volunteer project: Ciudad Chemuyil is a community that lives according to the principles of sustainability and respect for the environment. For the past 5 years, the community has 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, languages (English, French, Italian, etc), arts, painting, typical dances. The aim was to contribute to the development of their personal skills, have an intercultural exchange, and at the same time contribute to the social welfare of the community. 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 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. 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 Caribbean coast of Mexico, 50 km from Cancun City.

Nearest airport: Cancun City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Art and culture festival in La Piedad
La Piedad, Michoacan          July 9 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: The Art and Culture Festival is a way to unite people and encourage the culture and artistic spirit with recreational, music, and culture activities. The festival is running during 5 days in La Piedad, with the aim to promote art and culture in the town, and also as a way to connect with the Mexican traditions. During the festival, many activities like art expos, theater and rock and jazz concerts with local artists will take place. If you like art, culture, concerts and Mexican culture, this project is made for you!

The international volunteers will be involved in the organization and running of the festival, and will help with different activities:
- Organizing the festival (planning and distribution of the activities)
- Event logistics such as: access, information and support
- Incoming facilitator of the visits
- Organizing the cultural performances

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

Leisure time: There are different options for free time activities around La Piedad. You can visit the archaeological zones “Zaragoza” and “Plazuelas”. If you want to discover how tequila is made, you can visit “Hacienda Tequila Corralejo” (this ranch produces one of the most representative and original tequilas in Mexico), “Tequila Corralejo” or visit the Altos Jalisco (a Tequila production zone).

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: La Piedad town is located in the center of Mexico, in Michoacan state. The town is well connected by bus and it's located very close to big cities such as Mexico City (4 hours), Leon City (1,5 hours) or Morelia (1,5 hours).

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airports are in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Age range: 18 and over

                                                                                                         

 

Cozumel sea turtle conservation program
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    July 28 - August 16, 2014
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    August 18 - September 6, 2014
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    September 8 - 27, 2014
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    October 20 - November 8, 2014
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    November 10 - 29, 2014
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, the Caribbean    December 1 - 20, 2014

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to protect the marine turtles working in tight collaboration with the local population. The 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.

The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night, locating the adult turtles and collecting the eggs, burying them in a secure place (vivero in Spanish) and setting the baby turtles free back into the ocean. This 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 from Cozumel, 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.

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

Leisure time: The area surrounding Cozumel 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 very close and it’s very famous for its vibrant night life. 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 to 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: The volunteers will be hosted in tents. The camp has all facilities at disposal: kitchen, bathroom, shower. There are no beds, please bring a sleeping bag and air mattress.

Location: Cozumel is an island in Mexico, the third largest and second most populous in the country. It is located southeast of Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea, about 50 miles from Cancun and is one of the ten municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo.

Nearest airport: The closest airport is Cancun City International Airport and Cozumel has its own airport as well.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Social work with children in Leon
Leon, Guanajuato          August 20 - September 5, 2014

Volunteer project: This will be the 5th year this project is organized and it has been a great success. The project host is really happy with the results, and that is why they will welcome again a new group of international volunteers. Through this project, we have the goal to improve the living conditions of the people of the community by helping some institutions where local University students do social work with children. The project provides a learning experience for the participants through sharing opinions, working methods and experiences among local students and international volunteers in a multicultural environment. Some of these institutions provide social services to children with disabilities. The experience for the international volunteers will be quite intense. The people in Leon are very nice and friendly. If you are looking for a project in a very beautiful modern city with a lot of culture and history, love interacting with youngsters and children in a spirit of help and sharing, and are willing to do something useful and make new friends, this project is for you!

The international volunteers, in cooperation with local University students, will organise social activities with children, some of whom with disabilities. The volunteers will support the organisation and running of summer activities like swimming, cultural, educational and leisure activities for these children.

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

Leisure time: Leon is a very beautiful and safe city with many opportunities for leisure activities (cultural, social, environmental, etc). Also you can visit Guanajuato with “Minas de Guanajuato”, “Mommies of Guanajuato” and the “Ruins of Penjamo”, as well as other colonial cities such as Queretaro.

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

Location: Leon 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 (2 hours), Guadalajara city (3.5 hours), Guanajuato City (1 hour).

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection, tree planting and awareness activities in Veracruz
Cosamaloapan, Veracruz         September 10 - September 26, 2014

Volunteer project: In this project, a group of international volunteers will participate in environmental protection and awareness activities in the city of Cosamaloapan in the state of Veracruz. Changes caused by human activities in the atmosphere through CO2 emissions, so called "greenhouse gases", are affecting global climate. That’s why it is really important to strengthen the student community's awareness, promoting responsible attitude towards the environment and sustainable development. The volunteers will help improve the environment in Cosamaloapan by reforestation, recycling and preserving green areas.

The volunteers' tasks include:
- Clearing the zone for reforestation
- Planting trees and plants
- Irrigation of the plants
- Tree liming
- Recycling inorganic material
- Renovation of green areas with recycled materials
- Painting walls

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

Leisure time: Cosamaloapan is a very beautiful and safe city. In the free time, you can visit some traditional places and towns like Tlacotalpan and San Andres Tuxtla or go to Veracruz beach. If you are interested in pre-hispanic sites, you should visit Teotihuacan and Tajin.

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

Location: Cosamaloapan city is located in the East of Mexico, in the State of Veracruz. It’s well connected by bus and it’s very close to big cities such as Veracruz City (2 hours), Mexico City (5 hours), Villahermosa (4 hours).

Nearest airport: The nearest international airports are in Mexico City and Veracruz City.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 75 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Art therapy program for kids with cancer
Morelia, Michoacan          September 28 - October 13, 2014

Volunteer project: In Mexico, cancer is the second leading cause of death, and each year an estimated 7000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in people under 20 years. Cancer patients suffer not only physical conditions, but also different mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. These disorders are deeply connected to the reactions of the immune system, which is weak in ill and recovering patients. Emotional support and strengthening has a positive impact on the patients' treatment.

In the city of Morelia, artists and psychologists lead art therapy workshops for children with cancer. Art therapy through music and visual arts seeks to express various aspects of consciousness of the patients through different art techniques benefiting reflection, expression and relaxation. This activity is a process of self-expression, which helps people to organize their inner reactions to face events in their lives. These art therapy workshops are a way to channel what the patients think, learn and want to express. They guide the patients through sensitive and artistic techniques. The artists and psychologists who lead the workshops, work on a voluntary basis.

The international volunteers will support the artists and psychologists in organizing and leading the art therapy workshops for children with cancer. The volunteers will spend time with the kids, organizing and taking part in the different art activities. The volunteers will be also responsible for preparing materials for the activities.

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 known for its history that dates back to the Mexican independence and colonial times. Morelia is listed 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 hostel with all facilities provided.

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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