Volunteer in Mexico

Crocodile conservation in Rincon de Guayabitos
Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit       April 5 - April 17, 2017

Volunteer project: In Nayarit’s Riviera, there is a great need to protect the American crocodile "Acutus". Due to the destruction, pollution, invasion of their habitat by humans, exploiting their skin and flesh, this crocodile species is in danger of extinction. In 2010, a team of professional biologists and conservationists created a site where crocodiles could be relocated in a safe area for the species and humans. This sanctuary allows visitors and the general public to learn about crocodiles' behavior and how people can live in harmony with them. This year, volunteers are invited to help take care of the crocodiles and the sanctuary.

Always accompanied by an expert, the volunteers will take on different tasks throughout the project including:
1. Monitoring the health of the crocodiles’ ecosystem.
2. Counting the number of individuals.
3. Assist in feeding crocodiles and cleaning the areas where they are temporarily in captivity.
4. Assist in watering plants needed to provide shade for the crocodiles in captivity.
5. Assist in taking photographs and samples of the habitat.
6. Assist in signal processing for those using crocodile areas, preparation of reports for specimens in the wild and in captivity.
The sanctuary has the appropriate permissions from the Mexican government and always operates in cooperation with the environmental protection and conservation authorities.

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

Leisure time: Volunteers will have free time to do many fun and interesting activities and to discover many marvelous places around. The volunteers can learn to surf, go fishing, 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 stay in a hotel, in shared rooms with all amenities, private bathroom, pool, Wi-Fi, air conditioning. Vegetarian meals are available.

Location: Rincon de Guayabitos, in the state of Nayarit. Nestled in the majestic 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, 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.

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Reducing prejudice and promoting peace through art
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua       May 17 - May 30, 2017

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation, and to improve the social image of Ciudad Juarez which has suffered throughout the years. We’ll work in cooperation with the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez. By realizing this project we wish to reflect the commitment of the community to seek and create opportunities and spaces where these false images of the city are eliminated.

The main task of the volunteers will be to create the "Multicultural World Mural". Volunteers will help to plan the details of the different stages of creating the Mural, such as: mural design, type of painting, amount of painting, etc. and then will help to create this landmark for the city to send a message to the world! The volunteers will be also fundamental actors in creating a photographic production of Ciudad Juarez by taking photographs around the city and then displaying them on an intercultural wall.

Special requirements: You have to be open-minded and ready to adapt to a different culture, enjoy art and be able to use it to transmit a message to the world! You need to be a person who can discover unappreciated cities, destinations, places and people that are normally overlooked, see the fun and beauty they have and look beyond the book cover. Please note that the work is based on arts, discovering and transmitting the real spirit of people and things beyond the image created by mass media.

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

Leisure time: The place is full of leisure possibilities! You can visit the 60m tall monument in the Mexican square, perform extreme sports in the Dunes of Samalayuca, visit the Museum of Cultures, the Museum of Revolution and the Museum of Art, discover the pre-Hispanic culture in the Park "El Chamizal", admire the Caves “Name of God”, the famous Copper Canyon in the Sierra Tarahumara, and many other places.

Accommodation: 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: Ciudad Juarez is situated in the north part of Chihuahua State. In the past, Juarez has suffered so much and has been through so much pain, but the city is reviving: it’s a symbol of what can be done. There is no other place in the world that has managed to turn itself around so quickly. Ciudad Juarez, once plagued by drug gangs and violence, has transformed itself into a safe place and stood ready to welcome Pope Francis.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Ciudad Juárez Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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Academic, Cultural and Sports Festival in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan       May 17 - May 30, 2017

Volunteer project: For 32 years, the Academic, Cultural and Sports Festival has been organized in the city of Morelia. The goal is for students to develop their skills through the various expressions of art, culture and sports and to improve their graduation profile. Volunteers will participate in productive projects, scientific dissemination of prototypes, environmental activities, poetry and storytelling workshops, painting workshops, photography, sculpture, dance, singing, theater, chess, beauty contest, athletics, and sports. More than 2000 local youngsters participate in this wonderful festival!

Volunteers will help to organize the logistics of the festival in cooperation with local coordinators. They can choose among the different activities and disciplines. The activities are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Part of the work will be preparing the spaces where the activities will be carried out, providing materials, receiving and organizing the participating students, taking photos of the event and assisting in the awards ceremony.

Volunteers will always have the support of a mentor specialized in the different disciplines. If you feel passion for the arts, technology, environment, sports and culture, this festival is definitively for you.

Special requirements: The project is open for volunteers who are interested in 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 outdoors.

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: 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 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

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Promote environmental education and indigenous rights in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       May 17 - May 30, 2017

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is to promote quality of life and education by creating a common and collaborative approach in the benefit of indigenous women in Mexico, to share and discuss with them human rights, access to health, violence prevention and peace promotion.

The volunteers will help promote and strengthen the environmental education programs in local schools. This will be done from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The volunteers will organize environmental education workshops for students in various schools, as well as a campaign to promote care for the environment. Finally, the volunteers will coordinate the logistics of a big State Ecological Forum.

You will have a permanent mentor who will provide support when needed. If you care about the environment and have respect for animals, this is a project that will fascinate you.

Special requirements: This project is open for those who have sensibility and open mind about the situation and the realities of indigenous communities, the rural life conditions and are respectful of the indigenous culture and wisdom.

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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Entrepreneur workshops with children in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan       June 21 - July 4, 2017

Volunteer project: For the last 9 years this has been a very successful project where international volunteers and university students from Morelia city organize meaningful and life changing activities! The objective is to promote an entrepreneurial culture, life project, ecological culture and prevention of bullying among children and teenagers of Morelia City, through a program involving international volunteers and students of the Technological Institute of Morelia.

The program of activities is very interesting, set and ready to go! A group of university students are waiting for you and have prepared the following program of activities:
- June 21: Welcome to the volunteers, orientation talk and integration activities, as well as organization of tasks within the group.
- June 22 and 23: Training for activities with children and teenagers, day of reforestation in the ecological reserve of "Cerro del Punhuato".
- June 24: Discovery weekend, cultural tour of "Magic towns" like Pátzcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre and Cuanajo.
- June 25: Free day to explore what you find interesting.
- June 26 to 30: Activities with children and teenagers from different primary and secondary schools, workshops on entrepreneurship, life project, prevention of bullying, ecological culture and multiculturalism.
- July 1: Discovery weekend, cultural tour of "Purepecha Culture": the Magic towns of Quiroga, Santa Fe de la Laguna and Tzintzuntzan lake.
- July 2: Free day
- July 3: Ecological activities and preservation of educational spaces of the Technological Institute of Morelia.
- July 4: Farewell party for the volunteers.

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.

There will be guided tours and very nice leisure time activities offered by the local host of the project, you will love your stay in Morelia!

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

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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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Long-term projects in Mexico