Creating a pollinator garden in Apizaco
Apizaco, Tlaxcala August 3 - August 16, 2022
Volunteer project: The state of Tlaxcala is one of the smallest in the Mexican Republic and it has been suffering environmental deterioration since the last decades of the 20th century. This has caused different problems like loss of forests, environmental pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Currently, it only has 17% of its environmental vegetation. For this reason, we organize this volunteer project where people of different countries can work together on the creation of a pollinator garden with native species in the municipality of Apizaco, Tlaxcala. This space will allow the protection of the native biodiversity of the place, reduction of the loss of biodiversity, and provide habitat for protected species.
The activities that will take place during the project are:
- Research of native species that can be placed in the garden.
- Participation in the construction of the garden structure.
- Cleaning and adapting the selected place for the garden for pollinators.
- Volunteers will share knowledge about biodiversity and information about the pollinators in their countries.
- Selection of native plants that can take a place in the garden.
- Preparation of the land for planting the selected species.
- Monitoring the species that visit the garden for pollinators.
This project is for those interested in the conservation and learning about the environment, willing to get their hands dirty for a better planet.
Leisure time: During their free time, the volunteers can spend time in Tlaxcala which is the capital of the smallest state of Mexico. The state’s name is Tlaxcala as well. It has a small colonial downtown with a large student population, good restaurants and cafes with vibrant cultural life. As it is not far from the state of Mexico and Puebla, the volunteers can travel to both states by bus and discover the beautiful Mexico City and Puebla.
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided in Apizaco. Vegetarian food is available.
Location: Apizaco is located in the state of Tlaxcala and it is around half-hour away by car from the capital, Tlaxcala. The name of Apizaco comes from the local indigenous language of Nahuatl.
Nearest bus station: Tlaxcala, Apizaco, Humantla
Nearest airports: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla International Airport
Age range: 18 and over
Protecting the Sea Turtles in Guayabitos
Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit 11 projects of 2 wks from August to February
Volunteer project: Experience the paradise and protect the turtles at the beach! We have been organizing this volunteer project regularly in Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit since 2014. The aim of the project is to protect
the sea turtles with the help of volunteers who will be cooperating with a team of biologists. Up to now, the project has been quite successful and has reached extraordinary results. Participating in marine turtle conservation is a great opportunity to discover the rather charming life of sea turtles.
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.
The main work consists in patrolling the beaches at night. The working hours are from 8:00pm to 8:00am, four days per week, for an average of thirty hours. Depending on the number of turtles that come ashore, two teams might be formed among the volunteers. This way, each group will be taking turns, working one night and taking the next night off for recovery. In addition, the weekends are also spared for resting. 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. 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). The group will also take part in the reconstruction of some of the most important turtle camps in the region.
If you love nature, want to have a great time by the beautiful beaches, at the same time enjoying all the amenities of a hotel and witnessing the magical spectacle of natural miracles that has been reoccurring for millions of years... then this project is for you!
Special requirements: This camp is open to everyone who is sensible and open minded. It is crucial for the participants to be respectful, open to learn and appreciate the conditions of rural lifestyle of indigenous communities, as well as their culture and wisdom.
Leisure time: 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 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, or 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 shared rooms with all facilities at their disposal: private bathroom, hot water, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. Three meals a day are provided at the hotel restaurant consisting of good typical Mexican food. Vegetarian meals are also available.
Location: Rincon de Guayabitos, also known as Guayabitos, is a beach town located in the astonishing Sierra Madre Occidental, in the state of Nayarit and bathed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to the cities of Tepic, Guadalajara and 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 bus station: La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit
Nearest airports: Puerto Vallarta International Airport Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Mexico City International Airport, Guadalajara International Airport
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 325 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:
August 3 - August 15, 2022
August 17 - August 29, 2022
August 31 - September 12, 2022
September 14 - September 26, 2022
September 28 - October 10, 2022
October 12 - October 24, 2022
October 26 - November 7, 2022
November 9 - November 21, 2022
November 23 - December 5, 2022
January 11 - January 23, 2023
January 25 - February 6, 2023