Help to rebuild Schools In Oaxaca, Mexico



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    Volunteer with people from all over the world. Interact with the local community. Learn construction skills. Have a tangible impact to a community in need. No experience required. Join us for as long as you want. Read more here...

    On September 7, 2017, one of the most lethal earthquakes in Mexican history hit close to the southern state of Chiapas, with a devastating magnitude of 8.2. Just 12 days later and a few hundred miles away, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked central Mexico, toppling buildings, breaking gas mains, knocking out electricity and sparking fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico.

    More than a year after the devastating Earthquakes hit, many schools in Mexico are still unsafe for children to learn in, which forced many students to have to study in unsafe temporary learning centers. For this reason, we are continuing our work in Mexico within the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

    Our Oaxaca program began in January 2019, it is focused on assisting the Celso Muñoz Primary School within the Oaxaca state, where our work will be centered around rebuilding 7 classrooms, retrofitting 4 classrooms and rebuilding the office and library to ensure that students have a safe and disaster-resilient place to learn. This school will allow 170 students, between the ages of 6 and 12 to return to school and receive the education they need for a brighter future. We look forward to working with this diverse and culturally-rich community to rebuild a school that will ensure they build a safer future for their students that will allow their diversity of culture to thrive for many years to come.

    Our initial relief efforts in Mexico began in March 2018, where we set up our base in the small village of El Jicarero. Here we partnered with Fund Mexico to reconstruct the Narciso Mendoza Primary school, projected to help 400+ students over the next 10 years. This was our tenth disaster resilient school rebuilt in Mexico. Additionally, we identified a great need at the Vicente Guerrero Primary School within Morelos. Here we helped to retrofit classrooms and enabled 176 students to return to a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.

    No construction experience is required, and to make it easier for volunteers to join us, we provide accommodation and meals. Join us to make a difference and to help children return back to their classrooms!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Charity work

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our program attracts volunteers from all around the world, which creates a fun and positive multicultural vibe! Additionally, we are a part of the local community by shopping locally, participating in community events, and interacting with students and families.

  • Help


    No construction experience is required. Each day, you'll be rebuilding schools here in Oaxaca. Each team will be supervised by a professional staff member or trained team leader to ensure that volunteers have a productive, safe and positive experience.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    This is communal living at its finest! We are staying at a community center near our base. Please bring a light blanket or sleeping bag, and an air mattress.

    Meals are provided three times a day for every workday (breakfast, lunch and dinner). We are happy to accommodate vegetarian diets!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated near Salina Cruz in Oaxaca, Mexico. Volunteers with us spend days off at the beach, or head into town to the market for supplies to cook dinner with each other. Transportation options include local buses and taxis. We are all about making a positive difference in the world.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    8 hours per day, 6 days per week

Host ref number: 866367825839