GWC volunteers will provide environmental education, facilitate and support research linked to nature conservation in general. The volunteers are expected to participate in community work, particularly the rehabilitation, renewal and improvement related to the village washing area of the people of Santo Domingo Ocotitlán. You will be involved in construction, renovation, or other related works. These works include the improvement of the sinks and surrounding areas. Volunteers will have the opportunity for cultural, recreational and leisure activities with local children, youth and women. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions towards the end of this project to have some relaxing fun moments. Join hands with GWC and generously contribute in the upkeep of the environment of the region which is the lifeline of these poor people.
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 Mexico City (Benito Juárez) International Airport. From here you can take a taxi or bus to Santo Domingo Ocotitlán, Tepoztlan, Morelos, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation (Santo Domingo Ocotitlán, Tepoztlan is 1 hour away from the Mexico City).
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: Construction and Environmental Conservation 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 (Construction and Environmental Conservation) 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.
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 meals will have to be cooked by volunteers themselves. 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. Although a beautiful, friendly place, but you should not expect luxurious accommodations.