Each winter (a North American term unknown to us in west-central Mexico), volunteers come to Project Amigo to work, meet the students, and learn more about the people and culture of western Mexico. Humanitarian work can include distribution of children’s books to poor rural schools, interacting with junior high and high school scholarship recipients at their homework clubs, helping prepare for the annual Christmas Fiesta for 250 children, distribution of clothing and basic essentials to families in migrant sugar cane camps, or reading and playing with children in orphanages who need some extra attention.
Literacy and Environment
Deliver the gift of books to schools and individual children. Be instrumental in instilling a love for reading and education among young children. Enjoy a unique and fulfilling combination of service and regional discovery. You will assist in various regional literacy projects with disadvantaged children and youth, and experience first-hand both the physical and economic world in which our students live-- from a sugar cane harvest or a banana plantation to a backyard corn patch.
Holiday Fiesta for Children
Every year Project Amigo hosts a party for several hundred children. The party includes piñatas, a traditional pozole dinner, gifts of new clothing and shoes– often the first new clothing many of the children have ever received– and a “goody bag” filled with small toys, toothbrushes, soaps, shampoos, and other treats. The children enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of games and dancing, and sometimes even a visit from Santa.
Under the direction of a certified TESOL Instructor (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), you will spend a portion of your day as tutor to one of our scholarship students, and the remainder in cultural immersion, service, and free-time activities with the other volunteer tutors and students. No prior English teaching experience needed.
Youth Work Weeks
Youth work weeks give young people the opportunity to provide hands-on humanitarian service and make friends with Project Amigo students. The week focuses on preventive dental health programs in areas where tooth decay and tooth loss is prevalent in the population; and distributing books and clothing in poor rural schools. Youth will work with Project Amigo’s scholars to take children on the annual outing to Colima’s Sea Turtle Preserve or a day at the beach.
Custom tailored work weeks that utilize the skills and interests of the participants, giving volunteers hands-on work experiences that support the educational work of Project Amigo.