The project is located at the institute of Educational Eco-park, San José; the aim is to protect, conserve, and exhibit the flora and fauna from the region Los Altos de Chiapas. GWC volunteers will be involved in different construction and environmental related activities. Volunteers will be involved in the cleaning, maintenance of the medical plant garden, preparing sign boards with related information about different plants. Volunteers would also be expected to be feeding the animals, locking them in their bars, and other related routine work. Volunteers will also help building a plant nursery, this will help the local people to conserve and have a protection placed for these plants. Other activities would include renovation, painting and maintenance of some of the park facilities. Your help and support will preserve and protect this green park from the global warming and deforestation etc. Join our hands and enjoy your time in Mexico with various wild animals while you explore green pastures.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast and it is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact. During working hours, you will have break time for lunch and a cup of tea.
Day 1: Arrival at Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport. From here you can take a taxi or travel by bus to Zinacantán which is 10 KM away from San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC’s volunteer apartment, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet the local staff members and you will be introduced to the project and environment.
Day 4 – 8: Environmental and Eco-Park Protection Project Starts (Refer project Highlights for details)
Day 9: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 10-12: Project work (Environmental and Eco-Park Protection) continues.
Day 13: Visit and explore the beautiful historic places of the community along with the group of participants who are almost of your own age. This will also help you to share your new experience with each other.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
Above is just a suggested, sample itinerary and might be changed by the country coordinator if and when required. However, you will receive the final work camp itinerary upon your arrival in the host country. The program coordinator will also provide you day-to-day work schedule before the work camp starts.
If any participant needs to reschedule their journey due to any unavoidable circumstances please do keep GWC informed. We will try to do the best suited arrangements. Since it will be difficult to make all arrangements for a single participant separately, it is highly recommended that you stick with the original plan.
GWS partner organizations at Mexico will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a volunteer house and construction center/kind of dormitory. You will be served three meals per day. The breakfast and dinners have to be cooked by volunteers themselves however lunches will be organized in cafe. You are also welcome to get food from local restaurants or anywhere at your own expense. Even though everyday items are available in the host country at cheaper prices it is however requested to carry all the everyday items with you while travelling.