The GWC volunteers can actively participate at the center of our local partner where they would learn about topics like nutrition (preparing natural local vegetarian food), herbal medicine (tinctures and ointments), gardening, tailoring, vegetable planting, preparing compost, vermicompost, promoting the use of dry bath, fruit harvest for transformation, seed and local plant conservation, domestic animal maintenance (chicken, sheep), experimental beekeeping, and fungi cultivation etc. Such initiatives help develop local economy through the production of Cotzalselch cooperative, with workshops and the store-cafeteria for the product commercialization. The activities more or less depend upon the local weather. In the free time, volunteers can have fun by sharing manual and crafty activities, enjoy river baths and take walks to the waterfall etc. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers live life with a smile and dignity and be the force behind the “Change”.
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 Tzajala which si an hour 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 Conservation & Agricultural Support 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 Conservation and Agricultural Support) 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 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.