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Teaching and Assisting in Schools in Temixco

Location: Temixco

                            

OVERVIEW

This program works with two amazing ‘self-funded’ community schools in Temixco, just outside of the city of Cuernavaca. Lying 53 miles south of Mexico City, the area is a vacation hotspot, featuring many restaurants, bars and a buzzing night scene. It is also close to many interesting attractions, including conservation and historical sites. The schools were established by kind-hearted individuals and families who simply wanted to make education accessible to the local children whose parents simply could not otherwise afford normal schooling. The children attending these schools are both fortunate and appreciative of this opportunity. A funding shortfall however means the schools are finding it impossible to operate without additional financial or volunteer support. A volunteer program has been established to recruit volunteer teachers and those willing to assist in the classroom and grounds to ensure these wonderful schools can continue to supply needy children with a solid education.

Project Highlights:

  • Support marginalized youth in gaining access to an education
  • Learn about the real Mexico, its people and culture by staying with one of our wonderful host families connected to the school
  • Help to bring more classrooms into use so more children can benefit
  • Check out the bustling tourist area of Cuernavaca and the surrounding conservation or historical attractions

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NEED

Mexico is a country of cultural diversity, beauty and historical significance. It is also a country of great disparity between the extremely rich and extremely poor, with the second highest degree of economic inequality among the OECD nations. Temixco and neighbouring Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, in the south-central area of the country, faces many economic and social issues. A large increase in population growth in the cities of the state since the 1990’s has had a huge impact. This growth in population has affected infrastructure, as investment in water, sewerage, electricity, roads and schools as not been implemented. The education system is under-resourced, lacking in teachers and equipment. Crime and corruption is also a major issue, with the state considered to be one of the most dangerous in Mexico, with most crime centred in Cuernavaca. The crime rate is higher than that of the capital Mexico City, and is fifty per cent higher than the national average. Where there are large economic and social issues, it is the children who suffer greatly. In this area many families are simply too poor to send their children to school, unable to supply the resources they need for an education.

IMPACT

This program plays a huge role in the Temixco community by working within two community-based schools that are in desperate need of volunteers to assist with teaching in any subject. Children from low income families, who would often otherwise have little or no access to an education, are able to attend this school. Volunteers are urgently required to both assist local teachers and work directly with students in developing their skills in a range of subjects including English, Math, Geography, and Physical Education. The program’s objective is to provide the community's underprivileged children with an effective and beneficial education, placing particular emphasis on English language skills - and to do this at little or no cost to the students. Schools in Mexico are drastically underfunded and understaffed, and volunteers make an essential contribution to the education and future potential of so many underprivileged children. Often, due to shortages of funds, one teacher will teach up to 50 students. Volunteers make a substantial contribution by sharing their skills and knowledge with the children, while assisting local teachers in their daily activities.

While qualified teachers are sought after, especially for longer term placements, any volunteer contribution is both valued and beneficial, with all volunteers contributing in their own unique way.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide a robust education to children who would otherwise be unable to attend school
  • Improve the student’s English language skills
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Mexico’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

BENEFIT

This is a hugely rewarding and beneficial volunteering placement, yet still comes with its own set of challenges. The children who these programs serve are often from very poor families who are unable to afford school books or other essentials. The children are sometimes victims of abuse and are often malnourished. Not only do these schools strive to provide essential resources, but also counselling services and daily meals for the children so that they can learn and succeed. These schools are both truly inspiring and Love Volunteers are proud to support them.  

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in home-stays with staff and family of the schools. This provides the volunteer with an opportunity to not only participate in an amazing program, but to be immersed in the colourful and welcoming culture that Mexico has to offer. Cross-cultural exchange is another hugely beneficial outcome from immersion in the project. Over the summer, volunteers can attend a Summer Camp which has been set up to provide a fun environment for the local kids to spend their vacation. Volunteers help to arrange and run educational and recreational activities for the children.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work with children in English, Math, Geography and Physical Education and other subjects
  • Maintain the school grounds (for non-teaching volunteers)
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Work on other projects beneficial to the students and the school

OUTCOME

This project enables hundreds of children in Temixco to receive an education, and is only viable with the help of international volunteers. By sharing their knowledge and skills, volunteers have a direct, positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of these children. While an advantage, no previous teaching experience is needed for volunteers to be a valuable and highly appreciated part of this team. For non-teaching volunteers, both of the schools in the program are in constant need of maintenance, and any assistance in construction, painting, and gardening is also warmly welcomed. The school have room to teach additional impoverished children, but the classrooms are unfinished or in need of repair. Volunteer assistance to bring these classrooms into working order would allow many more children to receive an education. Through education, these vulnerable children will have a better chance at a brighter future.

Sign up today to help create better lives for the children of Temixco through this important program!

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Alternative Healthcare in Temixco

Location: Temixco

                          

OVERVIEW

This amazing yoga and alternative healthcare program works with a community centre in Temixco, in south-central Mexico. This well-established programme was developed 10 years ago to offer beneficial health options to the impoverished children of the city, a forgotten section of the community who would otherwise never have the opportunity to participate in alternative healthcare options. The project is based near the vacation hotspot of Cuernavaca, hosting a large hospitality and night life element. Along with the many social aspects, the area also boasts various other interesting attractions, including Corredor Biologico Ajusco-Chichinautzin, an area of dense protected forest. Also within reach is the Tepozteco Pyramid, a surviving monument from the Aztec period, as well as the National Park ‘Tepozteco’, the Zempoala Lagoons, the Aztec Ruins of Malinalco and the Caves of Cacahuarnilpa. This program is suited to volunteers with experience in Yoga, Meditation, Alternative Healthcare, Homeopathy and Aromatherapy - or those with a strong interest in these subjects and wish to participate in an amazing community based health and wellbeing program.

Project Highlights:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of underprivileged children from indigenous communities
  • Learn about the real Mexico, its people and culture by staying with one of our wonderful host families connected to the centre
  • Support marginalised children in learning new skills that can benefit them for life
  • Check out the bustling tourist area of Cuernavaca and the surrounding conservation or historical attractions including the Tepozteco Pyramid

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NEED

Temixco and neighbouring Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, in the south-central area of the country, faces many economic and social issues. Mexico as a country features great disparity between the extremely rich and extremely poor, with the second highest degree of economic inequality among the OECD nations. The top ten per cent accesses 36% of the country’s resources, while the bottom 10% access one per cent. This is pronounced in Morelos state, where a large increase in population growth in the cities of the state since the 1990’s has had a huge impact, with healthcare services underinvested in and under-resourced. The poor have little access to services, especially the indigenous communities. Crime and corruption is also a major issue, with the state considered to be one of the most dangerous in Mexico, with most crime centred in Cuernavaca. The crime rate is higher than that of the capital Mexico City, and is fifty per cent higher than the national average. Living in impoverished indigenous communities in and around Temixco are children seeking a better day-to-day life, and a chance for an improved future. Yoga and alternative healthcare can help improve the health and wellbeing of these children. Yoga is a way to bring a few minutes of peace, calm and healing into the lives of people who need it most.

IMPACT

With the complete absence of alternative healthcare for members of under-privileged communities, a program which delivers yoga sessions is a greatly welcome and well-attended solution. The project takes place at a wellness centre serving indigenous local people. The centre has over 10 years’ experience in providing services to people on low incomes. These include a sweat lodge, massage therapies, nutrition classes and homeopathic medicine. Volunteers work with children at the centre, focusing on yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques. The tasks assigned can also include helping with creative skills such as art, organising games and serving fruit and juice after class. There is great demand among local children wishing to attend these activities. This worthy volunteer program has been established so volunteer yoga teachers and those experienced in, or with a great interest in, alternative healthcare can share their skills and experience to help the most vulnerable in the community. Yoga can emotionally, mentally and physically prepare these children for potential problems they could face in their future, boost their confidence and improve their health. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free yoga and alternative healthcare programs to children in need, teaching them new skills
  • Improve the health of impoverished children from indigenous communities
  • Improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of vulnerable children, improving their future prospects
  • Enable vulnerable children to learn more about the world through contact with international volunteers, and vice versa

BENEFIT

Volunteers make a substantial contribution to this program by sharing their skills and knowledge of yoga and alternative medicines with children who need it most. Children access classes and have consultations with alternative health providers they would otherwise be unable to access. While appreciated for thousands of years by practitioners, Western medicine is now starting to medically prove the numerous health benefits of yoga.   Aside from the physiological benefits of burning calories and toning muscles, yoga improves all-over heath, from improving the immune system to mental health. Yoga can improve the lymphatic system, boosting immunity to help fight infection, an important need for the impoverished, often malnourished, indigenous communities in Temixco who have little or no access to health services. Yoga lowers cortisol levels, another benefit to communities under stress, and helps with digestion, an important need in poverty stricken communities where nutritious foods are lacking. The mental benefits of yoga are well known, improving mental health and increasing happiness, an essential need for vulnerable children whose futures look bleak. Free alternative healthcare options can greatly improve the health of children without access to other services, providing a wonderful holistic option that can make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Teach yoga classes or participate in alternative healthcare consultations or projects
  • Teach creative skills, organise games and serve healthy food
  • Network with local residents and project staff
  • Work on other projects beneficial to the children and centre

OUTCOME

This is a hugely rewarding and beneficial volunteering placement where a real difference is made to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of those most in need in society. Volunteers will gain a life-changing experience working with vulnerable indigenous children, learning more about their lives and culture. While experienced yoga teachers are sought after, especially for longer term placements, any volunteer contribution is both valued and beneficial, with all volunteers contributing in their own unique way. This is an inclusive centre where new skills and methods are encouraged and new volunteers are embraced as part of the community. Participants will learn more about alternative healthcare, meet like-minded people and become part of a caring community for life. By sharing their knowledge and skills, volunteers have a direct, positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in society.     

Volunteer now to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children in Temixco through this life changing program.

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Working with Children in Oaxaca

Location: Oaxaca

                                

OVERVIEW

This program offers placements for much-needed volunteers to support local staff in an amazing non-profit organization devoted solely to improving the lives of marginalized youth. Situated in beautiful Oaxaca City, in the southern state of Oaxaca, the people here are the most ethnically diverse in the country. This program gives vulnerable children access to an education which in many cases would otherwise be unavailable to them, and to additional support through providing meals, medical care and activities. Located in the Southern Mountains, Oaxaca is a colorful, clean and vibrant city, hosting a large number of tourists (drawn by the natural beauty, cultural diversity, impressive colonial architecture and nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Albán), and a large indigenous population. International volunteers are essential to helping the youth of Oaxaca towards a better life, in an area with great poverty, where many families are unable to feed and educate their children. 

Project Highlights:

  • Support marginalized youth gain access to education, nutritious meals, medical care and activities. 
  • Learn about the real Mexico, its people and culture by staying with one of our wonderful host families
  • Be part of a team helping to support over 600 vulnerable children learn, laugh and play
  • Relax in one of the many rooftop garden-bars Oaxaca hosts and enjoy the picturesque beauty of the area or check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Albán

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NEED

The state of Oaxaca has a total population of around 3.5 million, with around 60% of the population under the age of 30. The state has a large number of indigenous peoples, estimated at more than 50% of Mexico’s total indigenous population, making Oaxaca the most ethnically diverse of Mexico’s 31 states.  Indigenous languages and cultures have survived due to the rugged terrain, which has isolated communities. Unfortunately, with this isolation also comes marginalization. According to the Mexican government agency Conapo (National Population Council), Oaxaca is the third most economically marginalized state in Mexico. The state has 3.3% of the population but produces only 1.5% of the GNP. The main reason for this is the lack of infrastructure and education, with eighty per cent of the state not meeting federal minimums for these services. The average child in Oaxaca attends school for six years, below the national average of eight years. Children in Oaxaca are under-education and impoverished, facing a bleak future.

IMPACT

At the heart of this program is the belief that every child has a right to an education, and in supporting the rights of indigenous youth to an education that is culturally appropriate. This program was created with the goal of providing impoverished children in Oaxaca with a solid education and supply additional resources to support them, such as nutritious meals, medical care and extra-curricular activities. By providing an education and supporting their wellbeing, these vulnerable children will have a solid foundation in which to break the poverty cycle and lead enriched lives.

The project center serves as a place of extracurricular learning for the children, as well as a site of inter-cultural exchange for the many international students and volunteers who contribute. This is a diverse program that will allow volunteers from any background to participate. While qualified teachers are sought after, especially for longer term placements, any volunteer contribution is both valued and beneficial, with all volunteers contributing in their own unique way.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide teaching support to children in Oaxaca City – in Mexico’s most ethnically diverse region
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Mexico’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
  • Keep children in education for longer by supporting their needs

BENEFIT

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. With 600 children participating in the program, volunteers are a much-needed labor force to work directly with children and help with the additional aspects of support.  Providing nutritious meals, medical care, public school tuition and extracurricular academic support to such a large number of needy children is a massive undertaking, requiring a motivated volunteer force. Volunteers on this program make a real difference to the lives of impoverished children, helping them to achieve a higher education and supporting their wellbeing needs.

Another highlight of the program is the accommodation, with volunteers staying with local host families, enjoying the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom. Mexican families are renowned for their hospitality and love to learn more about different cultures. Cross-cultural exchange is another hugely beneficial outcome from immersion in the project.

Volunteers will also have the option to spend some time attending Spanish classes, while Salsa lessons and Mexican cooking classes can also be arranged.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work with children in art classes, the computer lab and on other projects and extracurricular activities
  • Work on research, proposals and fundraising projects to assist the program
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Assist with jobs in the library and kitchen
  • Translate letters (for Spanish speakers)

OUTCOME

International volunteers are crucial to the success of this project. By sharing their knowledge and skills, volunteers will have a direct, positive and long-lasting impact in the lives of the children of Oaxaca. Children who are ill, hungry and face economic barriers to education will be unable to break the poverty cycle. This program delivers a true mechanism for vulnerable children to escape their circumstances and enjoy a brighter future. The project itself provides an excellent opportunity for college students, gappers, career-breakers or those simply looking to use their available time to make an immediate difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The flexible format of this project is perfect for volunteers who have the desire to make a direct impact, but cannot commit for the duration of a full-semester or longer. While an advantage, no previous teaching experience is needed for the volunteer to be a valuable and highly appreciated part of this team.

Help us create better lives for the children of Oaxaca on this amazing program!

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Healthcare and Medical in Oaxaca

Location: Oaxaca

                                

OVERVIEW

Mexico is a country known for its colour, crowds, festivities and noise. It’s a country of great history, beauty and culture, along with poverty, corruption and societal discord. Its many different indigenous groups, unsettled economy and lack of state-provided facilities have meant that the more marginalized inhabitants of the country suffer various forms of deprivation. At the heart of the issues are a healthcare system in disarray, where millions of people are lacking essential medical care and the most disadvantaged are the poorest and indigenous peoples. Enriching the lives of such people is what volunteering in Mexico is all about – and exactly what this program, situated in Oaxaca City in the Southern Mountains, delivers. Colorful, clean and culturally diverse, Oaxaca hosts a large number of tourists - drawn by the natural beauty, impressive colonial architecture and nearby cultural sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Albán. For volunteers looking to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the poorest in society, while also enjoying a beautiful, cultural city and region with ancient history, this program is it.

Project Highlights:

  • Make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of some of Mexico’s most impoverished people
  • Provide essential medical assistance, dependent on volunteer skills and training to society’s most vulnerable
  • Learn about the real Mexico, its people and culture by staying with one of our wonderful host families
  • Enjoy the picturesque beauty of the area, check out the various historical sites and indigenous cultures the region has to offer or relax in one of the many rooftop garden-bars Oaxaca hosts

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NEED

The daily average income of residents in Oaxaca, one of the poorest regions in Mexico, is less than half the national average. The region also hosts the largest number of indigenous peoples in Mexico.  The health care system in Oaxaca is in a dire state, struggling to meet the needs of residents, with the poorest people of Oaxaca suffering as a result. The system lacks health care workers and specialized hospitals and medical centres, with obsolete medical equipment and a lack of medicine major issues. While many of these problems have persisted for decades, little has been done to combat the situation in the marginalised state. As in many countries, it is the indigenous people who suffer greatly, and in Oaxaca this is apparent, with many lacking the necessities for living a healthy life, including nutritious food, essential sanitation and access to free healthcare services. It is estimated that 15% of indigenous children suffer from malnutrition.

Maternal health is another concern, especially among indigenous peoples, with barriers between their cultural practices and modern medical methods. These women often do not receive the care they need, with indigenous women in Oaxaca three times more likely to die from childbirth than a non-indigenous person. A large number of women in this area die from complications from pregnancy and childbirth each year, many due to medical conditions that can be treatable, such as bleeding and eclampsia. Healthcare professionals are in great need today to assist the people of Oaxaca lead healthier lives.

IMPACT

This wonderful project was created with the goal of supplying essential medical treatment to vulnerable residents in one of the poorest regions of Mexico. Set in one of the most beautiful inland cities in the mountains of Southern Mexico, the Healthcare Program provides a great opportunity for med-students, nurses, paramedics, and qualified medical practitioners to volunteer in local hospitals and clinics, both public and private, in and around the historic city of Oaxaca.

The level of direct involvement and patient care will be reflective of volunteer’s knowledge and training; however, any medical assistance will make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in society. Suitably trained and experienced volunteers will perform surgical procedures, fulfilling a huge need for this work in the region where there are insufficient numbers of medical staff. A variety of medical support is greatly needed with all volunteers being put to good use.  Volunteers knowledge, skills and abilities save lives on this program and make a truly positive impact for those who need it most.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free healthcare to the most disadvantaged in society
  • Improve the health and long term wellbeing of some of Mexico’s most impoverished people
  • Save lives and make a real difference to the people of the Oaxaca region
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike

BENEFIT

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Working closely with various clinics, volunteers who stay for more than one week will have the amazing opportunity to work in different clinical settings each week, gaining valuable experience in a short time. Some clinics are in downtown Oaxaca, however most are located a short distance from the city, providing a great chance to see more of the country and various cultures in this ethnically diverse region. It is in these diverse communities that volunteers will be making a huge difference, changing the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. A basic understanding of the Spanish language is required in order to become fully involved. Participants have the option to spend time attending Spanish classes, which is highly recommended. These language classes include specific medical terminology. Volunteers can also participate in Salsa lessons and Mexican Cooking Classes.

Volunteers contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work in clinics to supply medical assistance to the most disadvantaged and culturally diverse people of Mexico
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Supply medical services to people in Oaxaca City and the surrounding areas
  • Perform medical procedures and consultations as appropriate to the volunteer’s skills and training

OUTCOME

Volunteering in Mexico is both challenging and rewarding. This program offers medical volunteers the opportunity to work in one of the poorest, most disadvantaged areas in Mexico, one greatly in need of healthcare support. This project gives volunteers experience in working in impoverished communities in the most culturally diverse region of Mexico. It offers healthcare workers the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of indigenous peoples. Volunteers can savour the experience of working within different cultures and engaging with people who genuinely need the support volunteers can provide. Based in a beautiful historic city and region, this program offers true healthcare volunteering to people who need it most, and a remarkable cultural experience.

Join us on this amazing program and make a true difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of Oaxaca!