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Each year Canadians come to Project Amigo to volunteer, meet the students, and learn more about the people and culture of western Mexico. Service weeks include various projects such as the distribution of children’s books, interacting with junior and high school students at their homework clubs, or doing English Tutoring. Some may involve light construction work or distributing food, clothing, and other essentials, to families in the seasonal workers' villages. Other weeks involve helping to prepare for the annual outings for children who have never been to a beach, a lake, or attend a Christmas Fiesta. Volunteers have opportunities to share their skills and knowledge and learn some Spanish, Mexican cooking, and cultural traditions. Feedback from participants feels they have been able to help make a significant difference in the lives of these children.
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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 projects for disadvantaged children and their families making clothing and food deliveries, or doing mini projects such as painting while also experiencing first-hand the physical and economic world in which our students live.
Holiday Fiesta for Children
Each year Project Amigo and local community service provide a new set of clothing and shoes for 300 children, often the first “store-bought” shoes and clothing a child has ever received. Fiesta Week Service sort and wrap the new clothing, shoes, and toys, then distribute them to the children. Service and children enjoy a traditional Mexican Fiesta complete with pozole, piñatas, games, dancing and fun!
Under the direction of a 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 Service Weeks
Youth service 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.