Teach English to a Zapoteca family in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico



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    Experience genuine country life in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca in a very cheerful and heart-warming family. José and May, their 4 children and parents have spent all their life in a self-governed self-sufficient village, an hour and a half hour drive from Oaxaca city. They are very keen on learning English so that they can communicate to visitors coming to their village. Minimum 1 month commitment, 50 pesos contribution per day to allow for a variety of food (US $3 per day).

    The family is a real delight to be with. The kids are refreshingly loveable, helpful, independent, curious and very well-mannered. José is a carpenter, very cheerful and hardworker, eager to learn about the world and especially interested in ecological designs. His wife May is very helpful and she grows flowers to sell in the city and cooks delicious traditional Oaxaqueña food. Like the rest of the village, the whole family grows most of their food and sustainably harvest timber for fuel, construction and furniture-making.

    Do not expect wild party time or room-service. Volunteering here is to live a unique experience of traditional simple countrylife, a real sustainable way in stunning surroundings: The people, the place and the work should touch you deep under the skin.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Préparer les repas / cuisiner pour la famille
    Aider avec des éco-projets
    Pratique d’une langue

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    The most important help is to teach English for 2 or 2 and a half hours per day.
    The whole family (kids, parents and grand-parents) is very eager to learn. At the time of writing, they are complete beginners and therefore we are looking for someone who can teach English to complete beginners (IDEALLY a qualified teacher - such as TEFL - OR someone with experience of teaching English to non-English speakers. Truly the most important thing required here is to have the will to teach them and share their traditional life. Ideally you will speak Spanish (at least a little) to gain the most from your stay there.

    Other jobs will be required for 2 or 2 hours and a half per day, to help out:
    Cooking / horticultural help with May or
    Rustic carpentry / earth plastering or adobe with José.
    This is not so much "work" but rather a unique opportunity to learn their traditional skills in a heart-warming and non-demanding way.

  • Langues parlées

    Spanish: Courant

  • Hébergement


    You will have your own terrace and adobe cabin (one room), with dry toilet, shower and sink next to it. Plenty of privacy with a gorgeous view of the valley. The food is a highlight as May cooks everyday gorgeous traditional Oaxaqueña food from fresh. Three meals a day, simple but truly gorgeous with plenty of traditional hot or cold drinks.

    The nights are chilly at best, and can be cold but although the accommodation has no heating, there are plenty of blankets. On chilly days you will need to wear warm clothes...although staying around in the kitchen with the family in your time off is the warmest place (for body and heart).

    There is electricity in the room but no mobile phone signal (need to walk to the centre of the village). There now is internet (but not in your cabin).

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The village is one of 7 "pueblos mancomunados" of the Sierra Norte, where the land and village affairs are managed communally and independently from the province. There is plenty of trekking and mountain-biking to be done in and around the village or throughout the sierra, but the nearest "civilization" is in the valley, one-hour drive away.
    THERE IS VERY LITTLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT and you will need to hop on a passing peasant truck to go to or come back from the valley (and the road is 5km away from the village). But transport from Oaxaca city to the village at the start of volunteering and to leave at the end will be arranged by the family.
    There is mobile phone signal in parts of the village and now internet too but there are no bank, no market (but there is a communal restaurant and a couple of shops).

    CLIMATE: at 3000m high (10,000 feet) the nights are cold.
    In the dry season (October to April) it is generally hot during the day and cold at night, with hardly any rain.
    In the rainy season (May to September) it can be hot or chilly during the day and chilly at night. There will be mist or/and rain most days.

    VALLEY OF OAXACA: In the valley it is hot all year round!
    OAXACA CITY, one of the most popular destination in the country.
    Ancient Zapoteca ruins of MONTE ALBAN, YAGUL and MITLA (all World Heritage)
    Amazing mineral springs of HIERVE EL AGUA.
    Pre-historic paintings of XAAGA.
    ARBOL DEL TULE (tree with the biggest trunk in the world).
    and of course the MEZCAL ROAD with dozens of familial distilleries.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    Cet hôte fait payer des frais

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    50 Mexican Pesos - to help with food costs
Playtime with the dog
May, José and little Caleb.
2 adobe cabins, with toilet and shower to the side.
View from the accommodation.
Sunset from the "mirador" at the top of the village.

N° de référence hôte : 315925925495