Ecology Team #BAJA723HSECOAIP8

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: July 23, 2017
DEPARTURE: July 30, 2017
DURATION: 8 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Phoenix, AZ
DEPARTURE CITY: Phoenix, AZ
COST: $1735

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

THIS IS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM, MEANING ALL MEALS AND RECREATION ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM COSTS! Volunteers will be working on environmental projects while in Mexico and will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Ecology Teams

ISL’s ecology teams work to bring about sustainable development through environmental, community development, and agricultural initiatives. We work alongside members of the community and assist them in meeting their goals and building capacity for a brighter future.

In addition to lending a much needed hand, volunteers have the opportunity to expand their worldview by experiencing the language, art, cuisine, and customs of another culture.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to travel, learn about another culture, and serve a developing community or environmental project.


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.


What ISL Provides

ISL provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day (all meals on All Inclusive programs), safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction and supplies, cultural tours, dance class and basic recreation (all recreation on All Inclusive programs).

What to Bring

We welcome our volunteers to bring project supplies and donations. Details about donations as well as a packing list and other important travel information will be provided after registration. Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, optional recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.

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

We welcome our volunteers to bring project supplies and donations. Details about donations as well as a packing list and other important travel information will be provided after registration. Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, optional recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.

Itinerary

BAJA MEXICO

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