Volunteer in Mexico


Protecting the Marine Turtles in La Penita
La Peñita, Nayarit       11 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. The volunteers will also help rebuild one of the most important turtle camps in the region.
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 beach 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 around 8:00 pm to 8:00 am, four days per week. 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 workplace depends 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. We need very motivated volunteers for this project.

Language: The official language of the project is English but 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 stay in a hotel in La Peñita de Jaltemba. They will have full access to two swimming pools and the beach. The volunteers will stay in quadruple rooms with air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available. 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, Morelia International Airport, Mexico City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 295 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 6 - July 18, 2016
July 20 - August 1, 2016
August 10 - August 22, 2016
August 24 - September 5, 2016
September 14 - September 26, 2016
September 28 - October 10, 2016
October 19 - October 31, 2016
November 2 - November 14, 2016
November 16 - November 28, 2016
November 30 - December 12, 2016
January 11 - January 23, 2017

Crocodile conservation in Rincon de Guayabitos
Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit       12 projects of 2 wks from July to February

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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

All available dates for this project:
July 6 - July 17, 2016
July 20 - August 1, 2016
August 10 - August 22, 2016
August 24 - September 5, 2016
September 14 - September 26, 2016
September 28 - October 10, 2016
October 19 - October 31, 2016
November 2 - November 14, 2016
November 16 - November 28, 2016
November 30 - December 12, 2016
January 11 - January 23, 2017
January 25 - February 6, 2017


Support the education of indigenous children in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       June 29 - July 12, 2016

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 such as: handcrafts, recycling, landscaping and botany, dance, painting, as well as complementary activities to strengthen cultural identity. The main goal of this project is to support the education of indigenous children and young people between 5 and 29 years old who live in homes for indigenous children and communal houses. With the help of the volunteers, courses and workshops will be developed. Proposals from volunteers are very welcome!

With the support of students from a local university, national, international volunteers and community residents will carry out activities such as:
1. To provide courses and workshops: handcrafts, recycling, landscaping and botany, dance, painting, among others, for the children from the homes for indigenous children.
2. To participate in the construction of ornamental, botanical gardens, and recreational areas.
3. To exchange their culture through dance and language.
4. To undertake environmental protection and clean-up activities.
5. To assist in the maintenance of houses for indigenous children.
6. To assist in the maintenance of computer equipment.

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, the waterfall “la Olla y la Gloria”, San Gabriel ecotourism center and different areas that local volunteers will be happy to show you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a private house with all facilities, dormitories, showers and kitchen. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zacapoaxtla City (50,447 inhabitants) is nestled in the cool elevations of Puebla State, in the Sierra Madre Oriental. The extinct volcano Apaxtepec, southeast, attests to the volcanic origin of the topography. Streams rushing down the steep slopes, form numerous waterfalls such as La Atepolihui or Veil Bride 300 m high, the highest in the area. The climate is temperate and humid. The town was founded in 1540 by Jacinto Cortés. At its center is the Plaza de Armas, also called Zocalo in Spanish. Around Zacapoaxtla, there are countless sites of extraordinary beauty like the Paulco Valley cloistered in an immense canyon.

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

Restoration and preservation of the historic city center of Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan       July 13 - July 26, 2016


Volunteer project: For the 9th consecutive year, we expect the participation of volunteers from around the world to assist in the preservation of the World Heritage in the city of Morelia, Michoacan. The objective of this project is to involve volunteers in preserving the beauty and splendor of monuments and historic buildings in Morelia City that were declared by UNESCO as World Cultural and Historical Heritage. Volunteers will help through activities such as cleaning and painting throughout the historic center. In addition, volunteers will help to organize workshops to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the World Cultural Heritage.
If you are looking for a project in a beautiful city with historic background of great national importance, with cultural variety, where you can do something useful with your time and make new friends from around the world, this project is for you!

Together with local volunteers, the international volunteers will take part in different activities for the rehabilitation of the historic heritage of Morelia involving cleaning or painting specific parts of the city center, maintenance of some historic buildings and restoration of the oldest fountains of the city. 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 Pacific coast, which is just 4 hours by bus from the city. Morelia is also very close to other beautiful places: magical towns like Cuitzeo, Patzcuaro and Santa Clara del Cobre, the ancient pyramids of Tzintzuntzan, beautiful lakes such as Zirahuen, natural reserves, colonial cities such as Guanajuato and Queretaro, and several ceremonial centers of the Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic times.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a youth hostel, in shared rooms with all facilities at disposal (Wi-Fi, kitchen, showers). Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Morelia City, Michoacan state, 4 hours by bus from Mexico city. Morelia has a population of 2,000,000. It's famous with its beautiful buildings of subtle pink quarry stone. The colonial city of Morelia is declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and from its breathtaking architecture, it's easy to see why. Besides being the capital of the State of Michoacan and the state's largest and most populated city, it is also the seat of government institutions and the most prestigious higher education institute in the region: the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (Michoacan University of Saint Nicolas of Hidalgo).

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: 295 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.

Preserving the traditional culture and natural environment in Puebla
Ciudad Serdán, Puebla       July 13 - July 26, 2016

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to collaborate with your ideas, energy and attitude, at a campaign for care and environmental awareness. Volunteers, along with students from local schools, will help in reforestation and awareness raising campaign, and will take part in cultural and sports activities. If you like sharing with the local community, enriching their culture, sharing yours, practicing and learning Spanish, meeting new friends in an environment surrounded by nature, we look forward to your participation!

Volunteer activities:
- To contribute with ideas and participate in the organization of local parties and events to showcase the culture of the town.
- To provide a different vision for the planning and logistics of complementary activities.
- To participate in sports activities.
- To assist in organizing social and cultural events.
- To work with local groups in the organization and development of activities within the community.
- To plant trees in areas designated by the local municipality, in collaboration with local students.
- To participate in cleanup campaigns in historic areas.
- To raise awareness among high school students in regard to ecological issues and the importance of environmental care.

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

Leisure time: During their free time, volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the various attractions around Ciudad Serdan. On weekends, the group can go to places such as Pico de Orizaba National Park, Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl) Volcano, Gran Telescopio Milimetrico (great mill metric telescope), Aljojuca lagoon, Tecuitlapa lagoon, Waterfalls from Chilchotla, Cuautlancingo archaeological site, archaeological zone and tour around the vibrant cities of Puebla and Cholula.

Accommodation: In a house that the volunteers will share, with all amenities, kitchen, WiFi, showers. Vegetarian food is available.

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: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla City airport

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
July 13 - July 26, 2016
September 7 - September 20, 2016

Art for all
Zitacuaro, Michoacan       August 3 - August 16, 2016

Volunteer project: During the Festival Cultural De Zitacuaro "Arte Para Todos", 2016 edition, we are looking for volunteers to collaborate as staff and support in carrying out a program of cultural and artistic activities in Zitacuaro town, to encourage the use of public space and involve local residents in such activities through workshops and artistic exchanges, to attract new and larger audiences for culture and arts. At the same time promote the production, assembly and distribution of different expositions, languages and artistic techniques to strengthen communication and cultural reunion of local inhabitants; raising the values of the community, promoting human development, making a stronger cultural identity of the unity in the diversity.

Volunteers will help as staff in the development of the festival, which will take place during the months of May to October 2016. During the days of the project, volunteers will carry out activities such as:
- To participate in logistics, assembly, distribution and exhibition of expositions, concerts, dance and theater shows where artists, children, youth and adults, as well as the general public will take part.
- To collaborate in the production of urban art workshops and create workshops for children, youth and adults.
- To collaborate in the mediation of roundtables with topics such as the importance of the recovery of public space, cultural policies, the right to culture, expressions of urban art, the benefits of culture and art as social development.
- To assist in the achievement of taking 1,000 artistic photographs as acquisition for the municipality of Zitacuaro, inspired by the tangible and intangible belongings of the region for the massive exhibition "Foto Mural, Zitacuaro en 1000 imagenes".

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

Leisure time: In their spare time, volunteers can go on their own to visit Zitacuaro’s downtown, the Cerrito de la Independencia, San Pancho, the pyramids of San Felipe Alzati, the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Volunteers can camp, hike, mountain bike, make some small trips and visit the archeological ruins or visit the indigenous communities of Mazahuas and Otomies.

Accommodation: In a youth hostel in shared rooms, with all facilities at disposal WiFi, kitchen, showers. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zitacuaro, Michoacan, is a city with a population of 155.534 located in a wooded area, famous for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Estado de Mexico International Airport, Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Toluca

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 155 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 awareness and sustainable development project in Morelia
Morelia, Michoacan       August 10 - August 23, 2016

Volunteer project: Nowadays urban development has caused a problem that requires attention, especially in the communities that surround the metropolis. It is in these places where lack of food supplies, disorganized suburban development and the lack of sustainable culture among population have generated social and economic conflicts. With the help of international volunteers who sign up to this project and the support of local volunteers, we will work together on finding possible solutions for the communities that are located in Morelia’s city surroundings. The purpose of this project is to generate international cooperation and community development in the region of the “Valle de Morelia-Querendaro”, through the implementation of various activities that will promote environmental awareness and sustainable development.

The project activities will take place in different stages. First, a basic training will be provided to volunteers in the following areas:
1. Home gardens
2. Management and use of organic waste
3. Ecological pots among other eco friendly techniques

As a second step, different campaigns will be carried out in some surrounding communities (Tarimbaro, Alvaro Obregon, Cuitzillo) in which volunteers will promote among the community members, the use of tools through activities such as:
- Creation of community gardens
- Preparation of compost
- Separation and waste management
- Recovery and embellishment of public spaces
- Reforestation

With this project we also want to create an impact within a local university, therefore some of the activities will be undertaken for the benefit of the facilities of the campus:
- Maintenance and embellishment of green areas
- Classification and marking signs of the vegetation at the university
- Recovery of common areas

Finally, volunteers will take part in activities that help them in their cultural development, where they will share their experiences, traditions and Mexican customs through various activities such as:
- Creation of Handcrafted Catrinas
- Workshop on traditional Mexican dances (to be presented by the volunteers at the end of the project)
- Tour around the main touristic attractions that are close to the university (Archaeological Zone Tzintzuntzan and Zirahuen’s lake)

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: 45 kilometers from 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: In a youth hostel in shared rooms, with all facilities at disposal - WiFi, kitchen, showers. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Morelia, in addition to being a beautiful city, is the capital of Michoacan State. It is declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and hosts several cultural festivals (such as film, music, art).

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Morelia Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Awareness campaigns in Leon
Leon, Guanajuato       August 17 - August 30, 2016

Volunteer project: It is intended that volunteers implement an awareness campaign on different topics, such as social and environmental issues, including bullying, tolerance and care for the environment. This project will take place within a local university, with the participation of educational advisors and university students who will develop workshops, dynamics and guided tours with the volunteers to promote a multicultural environment.

To encourage the campaigns, several activities are planned. Volunteers will have a welcome cocktail so they can meet and interact with the university community. Advisors will lead workshops and dynamics to promote a multicultural environment of tolerance, respect and care for the environment. The volunteers will implement a campaign to encourage students about the importance of internationalization and develop skills in a second or third language.

Various tours around the most important spots of the region will be organized. There will be also an international night to exchange traditions and culture. The Mexican night will be an event with music, dance and Mexican cuisine.

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

Leisure time: During their spare time, volunteers will have guided visits to 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: In a youth hostel in shared rooms, with all facilities at disposal - WiFi, kitchen, showers. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Leon de Los Aldama, Guanajuato, also known as Perla del Bajio or World Capital of Shoes.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Leon Ccity Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Art therapy program for kids with cancer
Morelia, Michoacan       September 7 - September 20, 2016

Volunteer project: Cancer patients suffer not only physical discomfort, but also various psychological alters: 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. It is important that volunteers notice that we do not necessarily work with psychologists, since these therapies are occupational made by artists.

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 tenagers 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: 45 kilometers from 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: In a youth hostel, shared rooms, WiFi and all facilities are available. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Morelia, besides being a beautiful city, is the capital of Michoacan State. It is declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and hosts several cultural festivals (film, music, art).

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Morelia Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 155 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.

Preserving the traditional culture and natural environment in Puebla
Ciudad Serdán, Puebla       September 7 - September 20, 2016

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to collaborate with your ideas, energy and attitude, at a campaign for care and environmental awareness. Volunteers, along with students from local schools, will help in reforestation and awareness raising campaign, and will take part in cultural and sports activities. If you like sharing with the local community, enriching their culture, sharing yours, practicing and learning Spanish, meeting new friends in an environment surrounded by nature, we look forward to your participation!

Volunteer activities:
- To contribute with ideas and participate in the organization of local parties and events to showcase the culture of the town.
- To provide a different vision for the planning and logistics of complementary activities.
- To participate in sports activities.
- To assist in organizing social and cultural events.
- To work with local groups in the organization and development of activities within the community.
- To plant trees in areas designated by the local municipality, in collaboration with local students.
- To participate in cleanup campaigns in historic areas.
- To raise awareness among high school students in regard to ecological issues and the importance of environmental care.

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

Leisure time: During their free time, volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the various attractions around Ciudad Serdan. On weekends, the group can go to places such as Pico de Orizaba National Park, Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl) Volcano, Gran Telescopio Milimetrico (great mill metric telescope), Aljojuca lagoon, Tecuitlapa lagoon, Waterfalls from Chilchotla, Cuautlancingo archaeological site, archaeological zone and tour around the vibrant cities of Puebla and Cholula.

Accommodation: In a house that the volunteers will share, with all amenities, kitchen, WiFi, showers. Vegetarian food is available.

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: Mexico City International Airport, Puebla City airport

Age range: 18 and over

All available dates for this project:
July 13 - July 26, 2016
September 7 - September 20, 2016

Promoting universal values in Veracruz
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz       September 7 - September 20, 2016

Volunteer project: The people from Coatzacoalcos are very excited to welcome volunteers to join efforts and organize a campaign to promote values with residents, student community, local media and public charities. The aim of this project is to unite efforts and to sensitize the general public on issues of sustainability, values, gender equality and promote community service, to achieve a change of consciousness in people participating in the project, and also receive information from the working teams of volunteers to generate positive attitudes and promote the care for our planet.

Based in a local university in Coatzacoalcos, volunteers will develop various activities such as: promoting and encouraging gender equality workshops among the students; producing a promotional video for the campaign to spread the message among the community; visiting schools, nursing homes, animal protection associations among others to promote universal values among local residents and students; spreading the campaign’s message in the local media; participating in reforestation, recycling and talks on environmental protection; visiting nearby beaches and organizing a multicultural party.

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

Leisure time: In the free time, volunteers can visit the Lake of Catemaco, Sontecomapan’s lagoon, Huazuntlan’s waterfalls, La Venta’s museum, Coatzacoalcos beach, Malecon, Barillas, Montepio, plazas and malls. Volunteers can also undertake camping, cycling and water activities.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz is a city and one of the largest ports in the south of Mexico, full of history, traditions and culture, that combines ancient and modern, in a landscape of permanent sunshine, beaches and business activities.

Nearest airport: Mexico City International Airport, Minatitlan International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Reforestation and environmental education in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       October 12 - October 25, 2016

Volunteer project: We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working closely with locals and students from a local university. Volunteers will develop activities and actions to help to reduce the levels of deforestation in the local area, restore degraded areas within a natural forest through different actions, such as the opening of firebreaks, maintenance of areas and reforestation of areas with a high rate of degradation. Some restoration activities and environmental workshops will also be conducted in rural and urban areas in the surroundings of Zacapoaxtla.

Volunteers’ tasks will be:
- To participate in reforestation activities.
- To organize workshops on environmental education.
- To practice Eco techniques with the students (efficient use of fire, electricity, water, reuse of waste, etc.)
- To train environmental promoters.
- To share the good practices and successful stories in other countries on topics such as: environmental education, solid waste management, alternative energy and green technologies.
- To assist in field activities, through the opening of firebreaks, that will mitigate the presence of forest fires in the dry season.
- To participate in reforestation in local degraded areas.
- To support activities to strengthen the English language skills of university students through a conversation club.

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

Leisure time: Zacapoaxtla offers great tourist attractions that volunteers can enjoy in their free time. They can visit the archaeological site of Cuetzalan, Cantona and some other magical towns nearby, the ecotourism center of Apulco, the waterfall “la Olla y la Gloria”, San Gabriel ecotourism center and different areas that local volunteers will be happy to show you.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a house with all facilities at disposal. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zacapoaxtla, Puebla is located in the Sierra Madre Oriental which has beautiful valleys and rivers. It is a city with 50,447 inhabitants.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Support the education of indigenous children in Puebla
Zacapoaxtla, Puebla       November 16 - November 29, 2016


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 such as: handcrafts, recycling, landscaping and botany, dance, painting, as well as complementary activities to strengthen cultural identity. The main goal of this project is to support the education of indigenous children and young people between 5 and 29 years old who live in homes for indigenous children and communal houses. With the help of the volunteers, courses and workshops will be developed. Proposals from volunteers are very welcome!

With the support of students from a local university, national, international volunteers and community residents will carry out activities such as:
1. To provide courses and workshops: handcrafts, recycling, landscaping and botany, dance, painting, among others, for the children from the homes for indigenous children.
2. To participate in the construction of ornamental, botanical gardens, and recreational areas.
3. To exchange their culture through dance and language.
4. To undertake environmental protection and clean-up activities.
5. To assist in the maintenance of houses for indigenous children.
6. To assist in the maintenance of computer equipment.

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, the waterfall “la Olla y la Gloria”, San Gabriel ecotourism center and different areas that local volunteers will be happy to show you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a private house with all facilities, dormitories, showers and kitchen. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Zacapoaxtla City (50,447 inhabitants) is nestled in the cool elevations of Puebla State, in the Sierra Madre Oriental. The extinct volcano Apaxtepec, southeast, attests to the volcanic origin of the topography. Streams rushing down the steep slopes, form numerous waterfalls such as La Atepolihui or Veil Bride 300 m high, the highest in the area. The climate is temperate and humid. The town was founded in 1540 by Jacinto Cortés. At its center is the Plaza de Armas, also called Zocalo in Spanish. Around Zacapoaxtla, there are countless sites of extraordinary beauty like the Paulco Valley cloistered in an immense canyon.

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

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