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Solidarity group travel with responsible tourism in Mexico

Experience Mexico's biodiversity and participate in its conservation

Solidarity group travel with responsible tourism in Mexico

from 1236€ por persona

In fortnight you will be able to live a unique experience that combines conservation, learning, leisure and adventure in a unique environment.
paradisiacal surroundings: the most unknown Mexico in a very beautiful and little exploited area: the coast of Oaxaca.

The coordinator is Bea, a nature-loving girl from Madrid who has been there for several years. Together with her, you will walk along the beaches at night in search for turtles to collect their eggs. You will visit magical natural sites and wild beaches with mangroves at their feet. You will take care of the deer and participate in activities with the seized goods. crocodiles of the most protected lagoon for the species in Oaxaca. In addition, you will be able to meet the people of Zapotec indigenous peoplesand caring for the natural resources by collaborating directly with the local people and their way of life. conservation groupsWe are doing our bit, interacting with and strengthening ties between different cultures.

In this programme of experiences for the conservation you will be contributing to strengthening the impact of local groups and the socio-economic development of the area 💚.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
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  • Project Location
    Pacific Coast
  • Volunteer hours
    For those who want to get to know the coast of Oaxaca in an authentic and local way with Bea, the coordinator of this trip. You will collaborate in wildlife conservation and awareness projects and also participate in activities with various local communities. It is also a family-friendly trip.
  • Volunteer activities
    Conservation activities such as surveillance patrols, species protection, population data collection, photo-trapping, species observation, beach cleaning, tree planting, cooking and environmental education workshops with local communities, etc.
  • Minimal collaboration
    15 days
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Tourist activities
    Hot water
    Lunch
    Accommodation
    Dinner
    Kitchen
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Breakfast
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
    WIFI
  • No incluido
    Travel insurance
    Flight

Volunteer Program

1
Day 1
We would like to emphasise that the following itinerary is indicative as all activities depend on biological and social cycles as well as natural conditions. You need to be very flexible before the changes.
Welcome to the coast of Oaxaca. You will be picked up by Beatriz, the programme coordinator, at the airport in Puerto Escondido (PXM) and driven to Escobilla or Ventanilla by public transport. Afterwards, she will give you an introduction to the programme and explain to you how the activities, rules, etc. will be achieved. In the afternoon/evening we will release sea turtle hatchlings.
2
Day 2
Today will focus on activities with local communities such as a handmade tortilla workshop and an environmental education workshop with children. In the afternoon/evening (usually between 8 and 12 midnight), we will do a night walk patrol on the beach to protect the turtles.
3
Day 3
Today's activities will focus on the community of Ventanilla. First we will take a boat trip to observe the crocodiles and then we will take care of the deer (care of rescued specimens, care of the young ones, etc.). To end the day, we will hold an environmental education workshop with the children of the community.
4
Day 4
We will take a tour through the El Gavilán rainforest, which is home to a great biodiversity. Among the most relevant species that are protected are the Puma, Ocelot, Tigrillo, Deer protect, are the Puma, Ocelot, Tigrillo, Deer and countless birds such as the green Toucanillo. To this end, we will support the planting of fruit and native trees and we will install photo-trapping cameras.
5
day 5
Today is the first free day of the programme where you will have the opportunity to visit amazing places such as:
  • Carrizalillo Beach
  • Estacahuite Beach
  • Coral Beach
  • Mazunte: a magical town full of life, in the mornings many boatmen offer tours to observe dolphins, manta rays, whales, turtles in the water, coral reefs, etc.
6
day 6
Today we will travel to the community of Manialtepec, west of the coast of Oaxaca. Once there, we will have an introduction to their community and also help with the care of horses.
7
day 7
On this seventh day of the trip, we will do one of the following tours of Manialtepec:
  • Punta Escondida
  • Thermal waters
  • Puerto suelo beach
8
day 8
Today is the second free day of the programme where you will have the opportunity to visit special places such as:
  • Cacalote area with beautiful beaches where you can relax.
  • Zicatela beach, known among surfers for its strong waves.
  • Lagunas de Chacahua National Park
  • See the phenomenon of bioluminescence in a lagoon - the water glows like magic!
9
day 9
Today's activities are focused on monitoring the marine fauna in Puerto Angel and afterwards, we will transfer the data to the internet in Mazunte.
10
day 10
We will travel to Rio Seco and Morro Ayuta Beach, famous for being, together with Escobilla, one of the most important beaches in the world for the nesting of the Olive Ridley turtle. Afterwards, we will have an introduction to the community of Morro Ayuta.    
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Day 11
The morning and afternoon will be spent making Huamelula bread, a traditional Oaxacan bread from the isthmus of Oaxaca, in a wood-fired oven. At the end of the day, we will go on a night patrol to protect the turtles on the beach.
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Day 12
Today we will plant trees as part of the "Sembrando Vida" project and finish the day watching a sunset at the lighthouse and cleaning the beach.
13
Day 13
Today is the last free day of the programme and once again, you will be able to visit such magical places as:
  • San Pedro Huamelula
  • Chipehua Dunes
  • Huatulco Bays
  • Magic waterfalls
14
Day 14
Last day of activities: In the early morning we will patrol to protect the turtles and at dawn we will focus on cleaning the beach. Finally, we will conduct an environmental education workshop with the children of the community.
15
Day 15
Today marks the end of our trip along the coast and we will say goodbye to Bea and the rest of the group. Check out is around 12pm and we recommend returning to Mexico City from Huatulco airport (HUX).

Project Location

Project

  The programme takes place in the beautiful and peaceful coast of Oaxaca, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. You land at Puerto Escondido airport where you will be picked up for the start of the activities. At the end of the trip, you should ideally return to Mexico City from Huatulco airport.

Climate

This coastal area of Mexico generally enjoys a tropical climate, with humidity and heat throughout the year. It could be divided into three seasons:
  • November to January are the coolest months (cooler at night but still hot during the day) and without rain.
  • February to June are the hottest months. There is no rain during these months, except for June, when it may start to rain.
  • Between June and October is when there is the most rainfall in the area.

You will stay in shared rooms in the communities of Ventanilla and Morro Ayuta and one night camping in El Gavilán.
  • 15 days: 1.236 €
 
What is included?

On Tumaini's side:
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for travellers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, as far as possible and on request, with travellers who have already been on the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Costanese-Spanish dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in shared rooms in local communities.
  • Transport on arrival from the airport.
  • 3 group meals per day.
  • Local coordinator and community guides.
  • Basic materials for work and common use.
  • Accompaniment by public transport to the projects from the airport.
What is not included?

  • International or domestic ticket.
  • Transport and lunch on the 3 free days (including breakfast and dinner).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Extras such as personal excursions, personal hygiene products, shopping, food outside the centre etc.
 
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.
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