Aid for migrants in vulnerable situations

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High­lights

Help many migrants get a better future and be empowered.
Get first hand experience in humanitarian aid and social work.
Discover other perspectives and ways of living different to your own.
Create long lasting ties to the people in the communities you will be working with and the volunteers that will be with you at the center.
Discover and enjoy the many beautiful spots in Mexico: sandy beaches, amazing pyramids and pre columbian ruins, bustling cities...
Help protect the human rights of vulnerable migrant men, women, and children from Central America by supporting this Mexican migrant shelter This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
The current situation in many Central American countries like Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, has caused thousands of people to flee their countries in search of a better future. These migrants usually try to cross the border with Mexico to reach the United States. Still, this has created a humanitarian tragedy of incredible dimensions, that requires direct help for all the people that find themselves stranded, unable to cross the border. La Sagrada Familia Migrant Shelter is the main non-gubermental institution in the state of Tlaxcala that provides humanitarian assitance to migrants in transit regardless of nationality, gender, creed, or age. This shelter helps more than 400 people per month and 5000 thousand per year: men, women, children, and entire families. 

This shelter gives assistance to migrants in the areas of defense of human rights, humanitarian aid, human and community development, and linkage, communication, and advocacy.

In this project, our main objectives are provided thorough humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees with services that focus on the protection of human rights, gender equality, and non-discrimintation. We want to improve the living conditions of these migrants, while also providing them with guidance and legal assistance. We want to promote a culture of respect for human rights, protection, integration, and non-discrimination. 

Some of the activities you may do as a volunteer are:
  • Providing humanitarian aid
  • Giving information workshops
  • Doing community work
  • Participating in the hostel dining room
  • Collaborating in advocacy activities
  • Performing sports, cultural, and recreational activities for the children at the center
  • Supporting the training of social actors and institutions
  • Giving maintenance to the institution
And many other tasks that may arise according to the needs of the center at the time of your participation in the program.

Typical day

Volunteers work on weekdays (Monday through Friday) in two shifts: 
  • The morning shift (9:00 - 14:00)
  • The afternoon shift (15:00 - 19:00)
Volunteers may also work on weekends if they want to.

Free-time activities

Mexico is a magic place, with a culture rich in traditions and festivals that you might be able to participate in during your stay. That heritage is very noticeable in Mexico's many historical sites, bustling cities, and other places that you cannot miss during your stay in the country. Mexico also has plenty of unique and astonishing nature sights you must see in person. Some of the places in Mexico that we recommend you visit are:

  • Ciudad de México: Mexico's capital and largest city, it has many places you can visit, such as a wide array of museums (most recommended are the Anthropology museum, the Modern Art museum, and the Soumaya museum), archaeological areas such as Teotihuacán and El Zócalo, historical buildings such as the ones in Xochimilco, Garibaldi, and Coyoacán, large parks, and even the Cineteca Nacional (where you can explore the national cinematic production, movies produced throughout Mexico's history). 
  • Tlaxcala and surroundings: The smallest state in Mexico, Tlaxcala is a place known for its large Nahua population, stunning archaeological sites, beautiful haciendas, and nature reserves. Some of the most beautiful places in this state are La Malinche, forests like the Sare firefly sanctuary, places like Va'Quirico and Trinidad, and also visiting during one of the many local festivities like the Día de los Muertos or the Great Tlaxcala Fair.
  • Puebla: This city has many interesting places to visit: the Zócalo, the small city of Cholula, many cafés and bars.. North from the city, there's the Northeast Sierra of Puebla, where you can visit towns such as Cuetzalan. Here, you can experience a more rural and natural way of living, filled with local indigenous cultural expressions and traditions. 
  • Cancún and Mayan riviera: An area with some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world, you could visit the island of Holbox (known for its bioluminescent plankton), the Playa del Carmen, the Isla Mujeres, Cenotes, and Cancún. There are also many historical sites and ruins you can visit in this area, such as Tulum and Playacar
Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We expect volunteers to be enthusiastic, empathetic, adaptative and open minded (to a different culture and language), committed, and communicative.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer
Pickup at the Puebla bus station  and transfer to your place of accommodation
Accommodation during your stay
Breakfast every day of your stay and lunch on weekdays
24/7 support of the Adventure Volunteer team and local organization.
Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
Orientation in accommodation and volunteer area and induction to the program.
Certificate of weeks spent in your volunteering.
NGO receipt for your program fee.
Guide, advice and management in the choice of the program.
Volunteer T-shirt
Accommodation
During your time in the project, you will stay at a guesthouse in Acuitlapilco, Tlaxcala. Here you will sleep in a single or double bed in shared rooms. You will also be able to access things like a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and a garden.
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Breakfast every day of your stay and lunch on weekdays are included.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) in Mexico City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is open all year round.

Volunteers may arrive on their day of the week of choice, although we'd recommend them to arrive on either a Friday, a Saturday, or a Sunday, as this makes their induction into the program significantly easier. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$399
4 weeks
$532
5 weeks
$666
6 weeks
$799
7 weeks
$932
8 weeks
$1,065
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,597
Average fees
$133 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Aid for migrants in vulnerable situations

Help protect the human rights of vulnerable migrant men, women, and children from Central America by supporting this Mexican migrant shelter

$110/week

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