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Huellas Que Trascienden

Teacher and Helper for Indigenous Women

Chiapas , Mexico

In this program, volunteers enable indigenous women by providing help about diverse topics depending on volunteer's abilities.

About the Program

Our program is important because it encourages indigenous women to apply and print their abilities of Mexican culture into handcrafts and this leads to increase their quality of life through sales. We mainly face poverty and ignorance of indigenous people, they don't know how much a handcraft can be valued, we try to solve this social issue by giving them materials to work (because they don't have access to this) also by planning social projects about collections giving and idea about trending clothes so they can make a fashion dress or a tablecloth. 

Your Role as a Volunteer

The role of the volunteer is to apply their abilities by giving them ideas to work, sell, help to make a good project and implement it also. 

This helps volunteers to meet mexican culture and also they can learn their native language, the benefits are for both, volunteer and indigenous women. The volunteer will be working at the working place of the women where they make by hand the crafts, volunteers will be living near the working place. Also they will be volunteering direct contact with indigenous women. All the volunteers we have had said that they had learned a lot of the culture and they leave happy also there are ones who have decided to stay longer than they expected. 

What we expect

We expect that volunteers apply their knowledge in our activities with women, that's why we need volunteer's with college degree or coursing college, it doesn't matter if it's their first or last semester of college. They don't have to bring special equipment. 

The volunteer should speak Spanish and have a basic knowledge about business or design so they could help with courses, also the volunteer should stay and live in San Cristobal de las Casas at least one month. 

There's full access to internet only in the office. 

Roles & Responsibilities

The volunteer's have the task of teaching, creating classes and workshops they alternate between working at our offices/store and traveling to the communities to give workshops to our programs beneficiaries.

Responsibilities when working at our office/store: inventories, showing customers the products and giving them information, working on online store, training for workshops or preparing them, general office work.

Responsibilities when giving workshops: traveling to the communities to give the workshops and spending time with the beneficiaries of our program.  The volunteers are trained before giving the workshops or, if they have a particular skill that can be taught to our beneficiaries, we will work with them on creating the workshop to teach this skill.  

Typical day

We have 2 types of regular days:

Community regular day

  • Departure to the communities 7:00 am
  • Arrive 8:30 am to the community.
  • 9:00 am to 11:00 am basic business   course with a women group 1
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm- follow-up meeting with group of women
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- rest and coexistence with women and families
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm- basic business course with a group of 2 women
  • 3:00 pm - Departure back to San Cristóbal

Office regular day 

  • Start 10:00am to 2:00pm 
  • and 4:00pm to 7:00pm 
  • Office work description:
  • prepare the next workshop, make inventory, take photos, manage the virtual store, make reports, set up the products on the store, receive people who arrive to buy products, develop a fundraising event.

Details on Arrival

There are no specific dates, we can accept volunteers at any moment, but they have to stay at least on month (in certain cases we make exceptions for 3 weeks). Volunteer training takes time so it's not worth it to go for less than that time but volunteers can stay as long as possible.

Free-time activities

There are many places of tourism that the volunteer can meet. Chiapas it's full of mexican culture, like the following:

  • "Chiapa de corzo" that is a village with 60,000 habitants famous by its crafts.
  • Inside "San Cristobal de las Casas" there are 3 museums that you must visit:
  • "Museo de la medicina maya" 
  • "Museo Na-Bolom" called "The house of Jaguar"
  • "Museo Sergio Casas e Hijos" (Has a collection of instruments)

The Maya Villages; It is located 11km from San Cristobal and once a year they celebrate the "Carnival Chamula" a lot of attend to this event and its full of color

Zinacantan; Its located 13km from San Cristobal de las Casas it is famous because the Tzotzil habitants, and every sunday they make a big market of wholesale around the country where the Tzotzil people attend wearing bright red/pink ponchos also this women wear huipiles ornate with flowers (huipiles are some of the handcraft that women from San Cristobal make).

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Non at University not necessarily concluded level
Required Documents
Proof of education and if the volunteer has CV much better but it's not required.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Knowledge about business
Ability to sell
Knowledge about design
Speak spanish
The volunteer may have at least one of these skills

Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 19:00

Suitable for

Singles
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Huellas Que Trascienden are happy to help you.

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No fees, however the volunteer does need to pay all room and board and living expenses with staying in San Cristobal.  Unfortunately, this organization cannot subsidize these expenses for the volunteers.  The organization will only cover transportation expenses when going to the communities to give the workshops.

Internet Access
Limited 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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is San Cristobal Airport (SZT) in S.Cristobal deL Casas. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
$210.00
4 weeks
$280.00
5 weeks
$350.00
6 weeks
$420.00
10 weeks
$700.00
18 weeks
$1,260.00
34 weeks (max. stay)
$2,380.00
Average fees
$70.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiapas /Mexico between 3 weeks and 34 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Huellas Que Trascienden will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mexico.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Huellas Que Trascienden during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas Central America Mexico Chiapas , Maria Adelina Flores #55, Barrio de Guadalupe
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