SOCIAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN YUCATAN
With Nomad Republic´s Mayan Experience you will be able to enjoy the most emblematic places of the Zona Maya like its clear natural wells, fantastic beaches and wonderful pyramids, and dive into this thousand-year old culture and live first-hand its hospitality, wisdom and sense of community: a real Mayan experience.
During our social volunteer program you will experiment life in a rural Maya community, learn about its language, traditions and customs and have an authentic cultural exchange with its inhabitants.
Project: Social work
Activities: Community development
Duration: 1 to 12 weeks
Minimum age: 18 years old
Costs: 550 USD [Este es el precio por semana?]
During the social voluntary service in Yucatan, you can enjoy of the most emblematic places in the Mayan Area, like its clear natural wells, unreal beaches and majestic pyramids. You will immerse yourself in this thousand-year culture and experiment its hospitality, wisdom and sense of community: a real Mayan experience.
During our social impact voluntary service, you’ll experiment life in the gorgeous colonial Magic Town of Valladolid, and of some rural Mayan communities, learn their language, traditions and customs and live an authentic cultural exchange with them. You’ll contribute to the social development and the improvement of the quality of life of the region’s residents participating in campaigns to fight different problems of the region like gender violence (sexism) and stop sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, AIDS).
At the end of your experience, you’ll leave an impact on the community, a trace in the hearts of its residents and they will leave an even deeper trace in you. It’ll be an experience that you will never forget.
The volunteer service will be coordinated by the Nomad Republic team and the Alter SA (Alternativa Yucateca Integral para el Desarrollo Humano AC/Comprehensive Yucatan Alternative for the Human Development AC), a linked organization that counts with more than 10 years of experience contributing to social development and attacking problems that concern the communities and people in a marginalized state in the entire peninsula of Yucatán.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN THE MAYAN RIVIERA
The goal of the association consists in providing these groups with support service in the matter of human rights, women empowerment, sexual health, healthcare and psychological assistance. The voluntary service activities are carried out following a participatory intervention model through experience-based techniques. Learning is taught in an interactive way through group dynamics, interviews, workshops, role-playing, feedback sessions, talks, group orientation, among others.
The ongoing programs are focused on prevention and detection of HIV/AIDS. Specific activities could go from planning, logistics, calling and execution of sexual health public fairs, where quick HIV tests, workshops about the correct use of contraceptive methods, counseling and pre-counseling about prevention and detection of HIV/AIDS are carried out in public areas of the town. Additionally, time will be spent in the community of Tekom, where Alter Int carries out business venture and women empowerment workshops, just as clubs that have a goal of creating a formative support net through dynamics and games that promote a rewarding cultural exchange between the volunteer and the community.
Previous to the activities there is a comprehensive training about the program’s topic, the regional context, sexual health topics and activities to do. Besides, we will have team inclusion dynamics. The voluntary service will be carried out in the magic town of Valladolid and, depending on the time of the year, in some of the neighboring Mayan communities. This area makes up the cultural core of the Yucatán Mayan Area and counts with endless natural and cultural attractions.
- Valladolid and its surroundings:
- A visit to San Bernardino de Siena convent (8am to 6pm; no costs; on Saturdays there is light and sound show at 6:30pm)
- Hacienda Selva maya / Saamal natural well.
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE
You must be in good physical condition, have a valid passport and be insured. All foreigners need a valid visa if required. Your level of Spanish should be basic. There are no vaccines needed for a trip to the Mayan riviera. You will have an interview before departure with MexiKans staff so we can get to know you and answer any questions you might have.
LODGING IN VALLADOLID
Hostel: La Candelaria
Amenites: WIFI, breakfast, ventilator and laundry service
Address: Calle 35 201, 97780 Valladolid, Yucatán
Phone number: 01 985 856 2267
All lodging takes place in hostals, which are accommodations that have a “community spirit” and where everything is centered around people meeting each other in its common spaces. All rooms and bathrooms are shared with other program members and guests.
THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES:
- Support from a coordinator during the whole program.
- All long transfers by transport of the organization.
- Pick-up and drop-off at the international airport of Mérida.
- 7 nights lodging in a shared room in a hostel in Valladolid.
- 5 days of Nomad Republic volunteering.
- Food during the volunteer program.
- A donation in support of the community.
- Guidance and briefings in each place we visit.
- Information before departure.
THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Personal expenses
- Services not specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa (needed)
- Foods not specified
- Transfers not specified
- Optional activities