High School Ecology Team #BAJA1226ECOHS7

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: December 26, 2017
DEPARTURE: January 1, 2018
COST: $1495

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in with local health agencies to partner in providing much needed ecology services in the San Raphael community. They will also have the opportunity to explore the culture and cuisine and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

High School Ecology Teams

Mexico: Baja

ISL’s Baja Mexico program is an on-going humanitarian project that takes place in Puerto Peñasco, situated along the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Though Puerto Peñasco is a safe tourist area, due to high unemployment and high numbers of newly deported nationals struggling to get home, it also houses a very large underserved community. We work with global health agencies, local health ministries, and other NGOs to build capacity in needy communities. Volunteers are able to gain valuable experience regardless of team size, participating in community clinics and working in institutional and community health contexts.

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Meet the Staff

Saul Veladiz Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Saul Veladiz
Assistant Team Leader

Saul Veladiz is a native of Mexico who was raised in Phoenix, AZ. He is now an entrepreneur and small business owner in Puerto Penasco. This allows him the flexibility of being available to ISL teams as needed. Saul’s positive and outgoing personality, hard work ethic, and love of helping people any way he can makes him a favorite of ISL volunteers.

Ruben Escobido Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Ruben Escobido
Assistant Team Leader

Ruben Escobedo is a native of Mexico, who specializes in sustainable desert agricultural practices. When not helping ISL teams, he works at Livingstones Christian Community Center as a teacher and assistant administrator. He enjoys working with people of all ages.

Dr. Eliel Lopez Mexico Medical Director
Dr. Eliel Lopez
Medical Director

Dr. Eliel Lopez is a native of Mexico and is also the Health Services Coordinator for one of the primary governmental health agencies in the area. He’s been a doctor in Puerto Penasco since 1989. ISL is pleased and honored to have him on the team. He is very passionate about his work and loves teaching ISL volunteers.

Maricela Moad Administrative Assistant Mexico
Maricela Moad
Administrative Assistant

Maricela is a native of Mexico. Besides her job as administrative assistant, she loves helping out on teams as needed. She is very organized and is a great asset for ISL. When she is not working, she enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, and tanning at the beach.

Michael Brinbaum
Michael Birnbaum
Mexico Country Coordinator

Michael is the founder of ISL and, among other duties, he serves as a New Programs Organizer, including the ISL Baja Program. In setting up the Baja Program he has implemented the first “full-time-come-anytime” ISL location. Michael enjoys living in the neighborhood ISL serves, with the people they serve. He also enjoys visiting his grown sons and their families in Washington State as often as… Read more

Activity Information



Sample Ecology Itinerary


Goal: To bring about sustainable development through environmental, community development, and     agricultural initiatives. To work alongside members of the community and assist them in meeting their goals and building capacity for a brighter future.  *This itinerary is subject to change



Day 1: Travel day from airport, arriving Puerto Penasco in early evening for Mexican Dinner, donations processing and Baja Program Orientation Seminar.


Meals: Lunch: (Vols—on the road), Dinner: (ISL)


Day 2:

Morning:  Ecology Field Work (Compost Seminar)

Afternoon: Ecology Field Work (Application of Compost in neighborhood)

Evening: Dinner and next day planning


Meals: Breakfast (ISL), Lunch (Vols), Dinner (ISL)


Day 3:

Morning/Afternoon: Ecology Field Work (Estuarine ecology/Estero Morua Oyster Farming)

Evening: Shopping at Malecon (Water Front) Dinner and next day planning/ESL Research


Meals: Breakfast (ISL), Lunch (ISL), Dinner (Vols)


Day 4:

Morning: Ecology Field Work (Community Clean Up Projects)

Afternoon: Ecology Field Work (Community Clean Up Projects)

Evening: Dinner and next day planning/ESL Research


Meals: Breakfast (ISL), Lunch (ISL), Dinner (Vols)


Day 5:

Morning/Afternoon: Ecology Field Work (El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve excursion)

Evening: Shopping at Los Curios/Dinner and next day planning


Meals: Breakfast (ISL), Lunch (ISL), Dinner (Vols)


Day 6:

Morning: Ecology Field Work (Implementation of ESL with local community center)

Afternoon: Soccer Game with local kids. Recreation/Beach Time!

Evening: Evening sunset dinner or cruise (optional)


Meals: Breakfast (ISL), Lunch (ISL), Dinner (Vols)


Day 7: Morning: Farewell and travel day L