Work weeks info

A Work Week at Project Amigo is a Mexican experience like no other. Each Work Week is designed to give you a balanced perspective. Certainly our students and their families have great need (the “Project” half) but they also have a rich culture into which they are keen to welcome you (the “Amigo” half). You will spend your week working and playing in rural villages, in beach-side towns, in migrant work camps, and in the schools and communities where the heart of Project Amigo--our students!--resides! When you volunteer for a Work Week at Project Amigo, you will make a difference while building friendships that last a lifetime.

 

Your program fee of $1200 includes accommodations, all meals, the full time support of the volunteer coordinator, airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation, special events, field trips and materials. Airfare not included.

 

 

Community and Culture  

 
Dates coming soon!

 

Give the gift of literacy! While it’s well known that Project Amigo provides scholarships to individual students, did you know we also work with whole schools in fostering a love of learning and promoting strong literacy skills? You will help to organize, deliver and install mini-libraries in small, under-serviced, rural schools, work alongside kids as they read, engage one-on-one in literacy and art activities, and create memories with them that can last a lifetime. Afternoons are spent immersing ourselves in the local culture and communities as we explore this hidden corner of Mexico.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Community, Culture & Construction  

March 10-17, 2018 No more openings available

 

Give the gift of literacy, learn about Mexico, and repair student homes! Not only does Project Amigo provide scholarships to individual students, but we also work with whole schools in fostering a love of learning and promoting strong literacy skills. During this week, you will help to organize, deliver and install mini-libraries in small, under-serviced, rural schools, work alongside kids as they read, engage one-on-one in literacy and art activities, and create memories with them that can last a lifetime. We'll also be repairing walls and roofs on students' homes during this week--work will depend on what's most needed. We'll also be immersing ourselves in the local culture and communities as we explore this hidden corner of Mexico.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

 
 

Christmas Fiesta 

 

December  3-10, 2017

 

Be one of Santa’s little helpers this Christmas! Each year Project Amigo students are invited to an enormous Christmas Fiesta. Each child receives a new outfit, new shoes, and a gift--and is a special guest at the biggest, most fantastic Christmas Party ever. And you’re invited, too! Project Amigo volunteers wrap gifts, put up decorations, stuff piñatas and play host alongside Santa. The Christmas Fiesta is a highlight of the year for Project Amigo kids and the Work Week is ideal for volunteer families. Your young kids or grandkids will have never seen a Christmas Party like it.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

English Tutoring

 

January 7-14, 2018

January 25-Feb 1, 2018

 

Channel your inner teacher at Project Amigo next winter! Each January we invite a group of our high school and university students to stay with us in Cofradia for a week of English language instruction. You will work one-on-one with a bright and talented Project Amigo scholar supporting them as they learn and develop confidence in their English language abilities. After school, hang out with the kids as we explore the local area and get to know more about this beautiful part of Mexico. The course is designed and facilitated by a professional and qualified English as a Second Language teacher.

 

The English Tutoring week is one of our most popular volunteer experiences and sells out fast. Register for your spot now!

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Spanish Language and Culture 

 

 

Start the summer off right with a Spanish language and culture course at Project Amigo. You’ll spend the mornings in class under the guidance of a professional and experienced Spanish teacher and in the afternoons you’ll head out to put your new Spanish skills to the test. A Project Amigo scholar will be your personal tutor and guide as you learn more about the region’s language, culture, and communities.  You’ll have a ton of fun, make new friends, and improve your language skills whatever your level. It’s a win-win!

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Swim Week and Back-to-School 

 

 

Join Project Amigo in the pool! As a swim instructor, you’ll work with a small group of enthusiastic beginning swimmers, teaching them the basics of swimming and water safety in a safe environment. You’ll work with the same group of students all week to help them build their confidence in and around the water. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary. As an added bonus, Swim Week coincides with Project Amigo’s back-to-school events, allowing you the opportunity to welcome students, new and old, to their new school year. You’ll attend student interviews, stuff backpacks and participate alongside Project Amigo families in our annual backpack distribution. What a way to connect with and make a difference in the lives of young people!

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Private Group Work Week

 

February 11-18, 2018 -- No more openings available

 

Do you have a group looking for an inspirational and life-changing week of contribution and humanitarian service? At Project Amigo we will work with you to design a Work Week according to your group’s skills, talents and interests. With strong relationships with our community already in place, we can help you to arrange health, vision and dental programs, school-based literacy projects, enrichment programs for children from under-serviced, rural communities and more.

Canadian Cultural Volunteer Week 

Every second year, Canadians come to Colima for an inspirational and life-changing week of contribution and humanitarian service. This volunteer week is designed according to the various individuals’ skills, talents and interests. YOU will have a say in the type of activities we will be involved in including cultural, hands-on, community and educational activities. Interaction with the students will be the main focus. We welcome non-Canadians with open arms.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Private Alaskan Rotary Work Week

 

February 3-10, 2018 

 

Do you have a group looking for an inspirational and life-changing week of contribution and humanitarian service? At Project Amigo we will work with you to design a Work Week according to your group’s skills, talents and interests. With strong relationships with our community already in place, we can help you to arrange health, vision and dental programs, school-based literacy projects, enrichment programs for children from under-serviced, rural communities and more.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

Environmental Week 

 

October 21-28, 2018

 

Help spread the need for sustainability in the global environment. Children living in rural

Colima are immersed in a culture that grows tropical fruits, vegetables and coffee without

using chemicals, but only because that’s the way their culture has always done it. Project

Amigo provides scholarships to many individual students to further their educations, but we

also work with those students and whole schools on improving living conditions, nutrition and

community programs. This is Project Amigo’s first Work Week with a focus on sustainability.

During this week, you will help to organize and implement new programs for the

communities that will teach the value and methods for recycling, reducing and reusing

materials. You will work alongside the children as they bring new ideas to their

communities. Afternoons are spent immersing ourselves in the local activities such as

visiting the mangroves, a turtle preserve and an organic banana grower as we explore this

hidden corner of Mexico.

 

For more info contact us:

info@projectamigo.org

 

Accommodations

 

We believe our volunteers deserve comfort, privacy, and a good night’s sleep. You will stay in one of Project Amigo’s large, well-equipped and well-appointed homes in the delightfully friendly, welcoming, and altogether completely Mexican village of Cofradia de Suchitlan. Project Amigo’s properties are maintained to an excellent standard of cleanliness. Beyond Project Amigo’s doors, English is rarely spoken, there is no resident doctor, and there are no banking facilities. Navigating the village requires care as there are steps into and out of stores and homes, cobble-stoned streets, and uneven sidewalks. Please be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns about accessibility at Project Amigo.

 

Project Amigo properties include:

 

La Hacienda: our headquarters, offices, kitchen, dining room, meeting space, and two upstairs bedrooms for those who want to stay close to all the action

 

Casa Johnson: a large and beautiful two-story, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home decorated in modern Mexican style with pick-your-own bananas in the front garden and a basketball court out back. This property is owned by the Johnson family who generously loans it to house volunteers.

 

Casa Suegras: a stylish walled property featuring 6 apartment style bedrooms with a shared outdoor kitchen/living area, gardens, seating areas and a roof with a magnificent view of the hills, valleys and volcanoes surrounding the village. This property is owned by three families who generously loan it to house volunteers.

 

Casa Mayhew: Mexican olde-worlde at its best. Three bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a traditional-style living room, and airy kitchen are built around a central courtyard with a fountain and meticulously maintained gardens, all decorated in charming Mexican style.

 

Come experience authentic Mexican village life with us. We hope to see you soon at Project Amigo!

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