Wolontariaty i praktyki w Meksyku

 

Dzieci

Domy dziecka na półwyspie Jukatan

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Wolontariusze mogą pomagać w domu dziecka i ośrodku dla dzieci w Merida lub jednej z wiosek zamieszkanych przez Majów na półwyspie Jukatan. Podopieczni tych placówek to sieroty lub dzieci, które doświadczyły przemocy, wykorzystania (w tym seksualnego) lub skrajnej nędzy. Niektóre są w ośrodkach tymczasowo, a inne pozostają tam do ukończenia 18 lat. Otrzymują dach nad głową, edukację i zaspokojenie podstawowych potrzeb.

Współpracujemy z dwoma rodzajami ośrodków: Casa Cuna – dla dzieci od urodzenia do 6 r.ż., które zostały porzucone, zaniedbane lub oczekują na adopcję. Wolontariusze prowadzą zajęcia i zabawy, pomagają przygotowywać jedzenie i karmić dzieci, uczą je podstawowych rzeczy oraz asystują w codziennych czynnościach. Drugi typ ośrodków to Casas Hogares dla dzieci w wieku 6-18 lat. Są prowadzone oddzielnie dla chłopców i dziewcząt. Podopieczni są do nich kierowani przez służby socjalne lub bezpośrednio przez rodzin, które nie są w stanie zapewnić im opieki. Uczestnicy programu włączają się w zajęcia edukacyjne, sportowe, artystyczne oraz spędzają z nimi czas, zapewniając niezbędne wsparcie i uwagę. Często stają się dla młodych ludzi mentorami i wzorami do naśladowania.

*Uczestnictwo wymaga co najmniej średniozaawansowanego hiszpańskiego, szczególnie jeśli program odbywa się w regionach wiejskich, gdzie znajomość angielskiego jest rzadkością.

Społeczność Majów

ELI partners with a variety of grassroots organizations aimed to improve the lives of indigenous communities in the Yucatan Peninsula. Projects try to address social and environmental needs, infrastructure and community education. Volunteers with or without a professional background can participate in a combination of projects during their program.

Eco-Tourism: Tourism is a recent industry in this region, which is enabling families to increase their income and their potential to succeed. Participants join the indigenous community and work together maintaining trails, receiving visitors and promoting activities around the parks.

Education: Volunteers are welcome to participate in educational activities with children and teenagers in order to give them skills that would allow them to thrive inside their communities. Participants can teach English, computers, sports, arts or other skills.The work with children can be combined with other activities inside the community.

Agriculture: Most communities grow their own food in their back yards using sustainable methods of agriculture. Volunteers can assist the community with planting, harvesting and implementing sustainable irrigation systems.

There is an option to work in a Honey Farm located 18 km from Mérida. Volunteers in this project can assist the bee keepers, collecting honey, making soap and helping with the elaboration of marketing materials to promote these artisanal products.

Sustainable Development: Other activities inside the Mayan communities involve the construction of energy efficient stoves, improvement of infrastructure around the community, cultural education and outreach.

*Accommodations for these programs may vary. Please inquire for details and extra fees.

Internships in Sustainable Development

This is a unique opportunity for students, professionals and experts who want to use their knowledge and skills to help indigenous communities in the western region of the Yucatan. These positions require a minimum commitment of 3 months.

Interns are assigned a project based on their skills and work closely with the host community. Currently these projects are in the areas of Conservation, Community Development and Microfinance.

The main objective is to promote the social, economic and environmental development of rural and indigenous communities, so they can make good use of natural resources and strengthen their culture and social integrity. 

Participants must have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish, be flexible, and respect the needs of the local community.

 

Handel międzynarodowy

International Trade for Small Businesses

If you are interested in how government can provide financial services to low income or small business owners and give them access to loans, marketing tools, and education to help them grow, this placement is ideal. ELI works with the small business agency of the Yucatán state that helps small businesses to position their products in the international market and promote the trade of local products. Interns in this program can work in a wide variety of projects in different departments within the agency including business skills development, developing export plans, marketing, branding, design, and promotion. Interns will help develop, improve, and promote local products outside Mexico. This program requires a minimum commitment of 2 weeks and participants should have a background in finance, marketing, international business, design or other related areas. Please keep in mind that an intermediate level of Spanish is required.

Marketing Internships

We have exciting placements for marketing interns in Yucatan. Participants can work with museums, non profits and private companies in Merida. Interns can gain experience in a variety of aspects such as advertising, public relations, media planning, sales strategy and more. Interns will be able to work on specific projects, or be involved with long-term strategies.

An intermediate or advance level of Spanish is required for this position.

 

Tourism

Tourism Development

The Yucatan is a magical place where ancient Mayan culture mixes with modern technology and commerce. ELI works with local government organizations to provide unique internship opportunities where interns learn about the many different aspects of the tourism industry in Mexico. Interns work in a wide variety of arenas, from helping to develop new forms of tourism to working in public relations in the community, and more. Participants can choose from positions in the fields of Marketing, Ecotourism, Tourist Operations and Public Relations. These internships require a background in tourism, marketing, finance or related fields.

Interns in this program must have an intermediate level of Spanish, and commit to at least 6 months.

Hospitality

For participants seeking experience on the field of hospitality, ELI has oportunities working with big hotels in Mérida, where interns can learn about the work on a five stars hotel, managing high end pasengers and  big groups of tourists.

 

Środowisko

Program ochrony żółwi*

Wszystkie gatunki żółwi morskich uważa się obecnie za zagrożone. Wiele z nich ginie wskutek złapania w sieci rybackie lub kłusownictwa celem pozyskania skorup i mięsa. Wyginięcie żółwi będzie oznaczało znaczące zachwianie równowagi biologicznej i ekosystemu Wysp Karaibskich.

Współpracujemy z różnymi ośrodkami na terenie półwyspu Jukatan, gdzie żółwie przebywają w okresie gniazdowania od kwietnia do września lub maja do października. Wolontariusze pomagają przy wyszukiwaniu gniazd (również w nocy), edukują okolicznych mieszkańców w zakresie ochrony tych zwierząt czy zbierają dane do projektów badawczych. Uczestnicy programów są zakwaterowani na campingach przy plaży i śpią w hamakach. Program odbywa się w pobliżu Meridy, stolicy stanu Jukatan.

*Do udziału w programie potrzebna jest znajomość języka angielskiego na poziomie intermediate lub hiszpańskiego, ale prosimy mieć na uwadze, że otoczenie jest głównie hiszpańskojęzyczne. Wymagana jest dobra forma fizyczna. 

 

Wyjazdy dla grup

Group Trips

Take a break to volunteer in a Mayan community in the heart of the Yucatan. The people of the village of Yaxunah welcome volunteers as they attempt to better their community while protecting the environment.

Volunteers work on conservation and community development projects in the area. Projects include trail building and maintenance, efficient and clean wood stove construction, and cultural and recreational programs with local youth.

Cost

1 Week = $650
2 Weeks = $750

**There will also be an additional $100 nonrefundable application fee for each participant.

What’s Included Welcome at airport and transportation to Yaxunah

  • Orientation and Introduction to Mexico
  • Accommodations with a host family(private room and 3 meals per day)
  • On-Call support through the duration of the project
  • Bilingual In-Country Coordinator and Staff
  • Travel assistance for weekend trips and local sight-seeing

 

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport/Exit Taxes
  • Health and Accident Insurance
  • Personal Expenses(including weekend trips and local site sight-seeing)
  • Daily transportation to and from volunteer project