Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Humanitarian & Community Development , Teaching & Education, Working with children,
Organisation: Volunteers for International Partnership
Mexico is a land of contrasts. 50% of the population lives barely above the poverty line, and 28% of the population in rural areas live in conditions of extreme poverty. Yet, Mexico is a country rich in natural resources and is the 10th largest economy in the world. Volunteering in Mexico focuses on those living in poverty. You can make a valuable contribution in communities that are in danger of being left behind as a result of poverty, abuse of the environment and the lack of economic opportunities.
Several projects are available throughout Mexico mainly in working rural communities and often with native Indian peoples. The following is a sample of projects available. Volunteers should be prepared to be flexible with regard to their project placement.
Some sample areas of placement include:
Funacion Kinich - Community Action for Integral Development
Five young Mexicans decided to “walk the talk” and created Fundacion Kinich in their hometown. After all if young people were traveling from abroad with the objective to help a community in a disadvantage situation, why not to have locals to do something to help their own people? Based in San Jacinto Amilpas, 30 mins. away from Oaxaca City, Fundacion Kinich offers a safe space for kids of different backgrounds, and their parents, to develop different skills and discuss matters that affect them.
Volunteers with Kinich will work mostly in the afternoons in activities such as: supporting kids to do their homework, to teach them how to use books and internet to get relevant information, supporting the learning of English and the practice of Math and many other meaningful tasks.
Ninos Encantados de la Barra de Potosi - Charmed Kids of Barra de Potosi -
Guerrero Barra de Potosí is a small fishing village located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the State of Guerrero, 25 minutes away from the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo beach resort. Like any other small community on the edge of big tourist resorts, Barra de Potosi is in danger of losing its traditional identity as outside investors and developers seek to exploit its location and facilities. Now local residents are coming together to try and protect and preserve the values and traditions of their community.
LA VENTANILLA ECO-TOURISM PROJECT, IN OAXACA
The Co-operative project in the beach village of La Ventanilla in Oaxaca State was set up to stop the killing and selling of turtles and their eggs and has grown in to a sustainable development project which generates alternative sources of income for the local people. It is located in a small beach village in a large mangrove zone just 60 minutes away from Huatulco and Puerto Escondido beach resorts. Twenty five families living in the village are actively involved in the co-operative which has among its goals to rescue the natural habitat of hundreds of species of birds and reptiles and the promotion of eco-tourism.
Contact: Cecilia Gamez, VIP Coordinator
Durango 243 int 503 y 504 Col. Roma
Del Cuauhtemoc C.P. 06700
Telephone 1: 52 55 52 12 18 87
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