WEI Program Team #WEIMexico

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: December 26, 2016
DEPARTURE: January 1, 2017
DURATION: 7 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Phoenix
DEPARTURE CITY: Phoenix
COST: $1995
#WEIMexico volunteers will participate in community enrichment projects, take Spanish classes, and learn about ocean ecology and the medicinal plants that are found in the desert. Volunteers will also have opportunities to explore the amazing Mexican culture and cuisine and enjoy the Sea of Cortez.

WEI Program Teams

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Wrightway Education has partnered with International Service Learning, a U.S. based non-governmental organization, to provide Community Enrichment programs for Chinese students and professionals. These programs are designed to encompass cultural immersion, educational and community service components which add up to a unique and valuable way to travel!

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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

What to Bring

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

Itinerary

WEI Baja Mexico 7-day Itinerary

Summer 2016

 

Day 1

Arrival, welcome dinner (Mexican style!), introductions

 

Day 2

Orientation, tour of Puerto Penasco, Seminar on Mexican culture

 

Day 3

High School tour, ESL sessions with Mexican students, beach time

 

Day 4

Ecology seminar at CEDO, service project, Spanish lessons

 

Day 5

Service project, rec time at the beach, Salsa lessons

 

Day 6

Recreation day, sunset cruise

 

Day 7

Depart