CARE FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN, MEN, AND WOMAN IN TLAXIACO, MEXICO
Begin your adventure in the northwest of Mexico at the Mixteca Alta oaxaqueña, assisting in reducing food poverty for poor and vulnerable children, men, and women in Tlaxiaco.
About Ávila Cruz Fundation
Their mission is to raise the economic, cultural and social level of the indigenous communities, in conditions of poverty and marginalization through health, education, food security and productive projects that generate well-being for the members of the communities. Their projects aim to reduce food poverty, hearing impairment and oral diseases through sustainable strategies focused to improve economic and social well-being.
The volunteer program is based in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca in Mexico. The Oaxaca Mixteca is one of the eight regions of Oaxaca, located north of that Mexican state. The Mixtecs formed one of the brightest civilizations in Mesoamerica, survived the Spanish Conquest and fostered an impressive Mixtec-European syncretic tradition that lasts to date.
What can you expect
Friendly People to make you feel at home, professional knowledge and experience at volunteer work.
The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house. At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member. You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. You return to the volunteer house for lunch around 11 am. Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm. This time is your free time to do whatever you like. At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm. Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm. In the evening your time is free. Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.
The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.
Visit the Heroic City of Tlaxiaco, the archaeological zone of the Municipality of San Martín Huamelúlpam, regional dances of the State of Oaxaca, Symphonic Band of the House of Culture of the Municipality of Tlaxiaco, the mountain called the Wall located in the indigenous town of Joya Grande at an altitude of 3,700m, the natural waterfall that is located in the Municipality of Santiago Yosondúa, Tlaxiaco, the archaeological sites and monuments of the Municipality of San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula, Oaxaca (Pueblo Magico).
You need to be at least 18 years old for solo application, or if you are accompanied by your parents.
Available for all professions and skills. Some experience in the education sector would be excellent, but not required. Passion in providing educational support to children.
You need to speak English (basic level).
No restrictions. Global citizens from all over the world are welcome.
Work hours will be around 30 per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Services by the organization
Fees are used to provide food, accommodation, local transportation, volunteer and cultural activities for you, and for the program sustainability, management, and support.
You will stay in a hotel at the center of the Municipality of the Heroic City of Tlaxiaco. Shared rooms with a maximum of 4 volunteers in (double beds, same gender). All rooms equipped with A/C or FAN and bathrooms and toilets. Three blocks from the hotel you can find the laundry service.
Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. The Avila Cruz A. C. Foundation vehicle will pick up/leave the volunteers at the Oaxaca airport, 3 hours approximately from Oaxaca airport to Tlaxiaco.
Food & Meals
Your Program Fee covers 3 meals per day during the week (from Monday to Friday), and breakfast on Saturday morning, other meals should be covered by you.
We expect all the volunteers to eat at the volunteer houses during the weekdays. Hence, those who stay in hotel rooms will walk to the volunteer houses to eat.
In every volunteer house, we have a cook and a cleaner to serve volunteers. Volunteers will mostly eat the Vietnamese cuisines, but sometimes the cook can serve some western food. The cook can serve all the diets including vegetarian food. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. Remember that you should be open to trying new foods and be flexible with your eating habits and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.
2 days per week of sightseeing, cultural activities, and coexistence with nature. Volunteers will have activities during the day, which will last around 6 hours.
Training & Development
You will receive training on arrival (1 day).
Wi-Fi is available for volunteers in the accommodation site, but there is no WI-FI to the locations of volunteering. You can also buy a local SIM card with data for a mobile phone to keep connected.
Digital badges are intelligent certification logos that provide an effective means of communicating and promoting your accreditations via digital and online mediums. Each digital badge contains pre-validated metadata that can be used to verify your certification status.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Book your flight to arrive at Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Visa requirements can vary from nationality to nationality. You will need a passport issued by your country of citizenship as well as a Volunteer visa* issued by the country to which you will be traveling. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of return to your home country.
Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. You should ideally arrange an appointment with your travel clinic at least four to six weeks before travel. In case you have pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is strongly recommended.