VOLUNTEER IN MEXICO WITH UNHOMED MIGRATORY PEOPLE
The desperate attempt of thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to cross the border with Mexico to reach the United States in search of a better life, has resulted in a humanitarian tragedy of catastrophic dimensions, which requires the sensitivity and action of the entire world. La Sagrada Familia Migrant Shelter is the main non-governmental institution that in Tlaxcala provides humanitarian assistance and protection of human rights to migrants in transit, foreigners and nationals, regardless of gender, creed, nationality or age.
Each year it helps an average of 5,000 migrants, more than 400 people per month; men, women, accompanied and unaccompanied minors and families. Since its foundation, the hostel provides its services every day of the year, 24 hours a day, among others, the following:
- Services of the area of humanitarian aid
- Services of the Area of defense and human rights
- Services of the Area of human and community development
- Area of linkage, communication and advocacy
- Provide comprehensive humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees through basic subsistence services with a focus on human rights, gender equity and non-discrimination, in a framework of warm and safe stay; and in this way, contribute to improve their traffic conditions.
- Provide guidance and legal assistance to migrants and refugees and contribute to the restoration of the human rights of migrants and refugees who remain temporarily in Tlaxcala
- Promote a culture of respect for human rights, reception, protection, integration and non-discrimination towards Migrants and refugees in Tlaxcala, through research, cultural promotion and volunteering, promoting collaborative work with the media, civil organizations, educational institutions and community groups.
WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
The general activities that I will volunteer in the Mexico program are the following:
- Humanitarian aid.
- Facilitate information workshops.
- Participate in training activities.
- Perform community work.
- Sports, cultural and integration activities aimed at children.
- Collaboration in the continuous training of social actors and public and private institutions.
- Participation in the dining room of the hostel.
- Rehabilitation and restoration of common areas.
- Collaborate in advocacy activities.
- Support campaigns and collection activities.
It is not necessary that you have a university degree or specific experience to carry out the training activities to be carried out, but if you are legal of age. We hope you are a committed, participative, empathetic, enthusiastic volunteer and have full availability for the activities and tasks performed in the program.
WHAT DAYS AND WHAT DATES CAN I DO THE VOLUNTEER?
- The project is open all year.
- You can arrive any day of the week, it is equally preferable that You arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as it facilitates the incorporation into the project and guidance about the program and the place.
SCHEDULE AND COLLECTION POINT
- The time and point of collection It may vary depending on the availability of buses at the airport. Once, at the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, you must board a bus that leaves the interior of the airport, through the company “Red Star” or “ADO” bound for Puebla. According to the hourly availability, the terminal of Puebla is chosen which will be reached: CAPU, 4 west or Plaza San Diego.
When taking the bus, the volunteer must notify the coordinator of their point of arrival to be picked up and transferred to the volunteer house.
WHERE WILL I BE AND WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE DURING THE VOLUNTEER?
- The project is being developed at the Migrant Shelter Apizaco Tlaxcala, local organization in international cooperation with Adventure Volunteer.
- It works from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is also the possibility of doing it on intensive weekend.
COORDINATION IN THE PROJECT
During your program you will have a general coordinator, apart from project managers or managers in the centers. In the case of Tlaxcala, your coordinator will be Milén.
Once you are part of the Adventure Volunteer team, Milén will give you an induction to the program and the work to be done.
HOW IS ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS?
- The house is located in , Acuitlapilco, Tlaxcala. CP 90740.
- You will sleep in a single or double bed. You share rooms with other volunteers, depending on availability.
- The shared bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, the utility room, the dining room and the garden are common spaces for those who inhabit the house.
- The accommodation includes breakfast at the volunteer’s house (toast, coffee, milk, cereals, tea, fruit) and lunch at the lodge (organization menu).
The price of the humanitarian aid volunteer project for immigrants in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico, is divided into two parts. To sign up for the program, must be paid € 150 signal. One (1) month before the start of your volunteer, the rest of the program must be paid.
Each additional week is priced at € 110. The prices of the volunteer project for humanitarian aid to immigrants in Mexico are in euros, so the currency exchange will have a real effect. You can check the currency exchange during the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING?
- Welcome at the Puebla bus station and transfer to the volunteer’s house
- Accommodation during your volunteering
- 1 Breakfast every day of the week and 1 lunch from Monday to Friday in the organization
- Support 24/7 of the Adventure Volunteer team and local organization
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Orientation in the area of accommodation and volunteering and induction to the program
- Certificate of weeks carried out in your volunteering
- I receive an NGO about your share of the program
- Guide, advice and management in the choice of the program
- Volunteer T-shirt
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to the country and transport to Puebla (bus price € 15).
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Vaccines, if necessary
- Visa, if required
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Drinks, diets and special meals
- Trips or excursions inside or outside the Country