Mexico is a country which has recently
undergone a period of rapid economic growth. However, its
development is under threat with arid lands expanding under
the weight of desertification and fertile plains receding
under the strain of irrigation.
If you want to reverse effects of global warming, you can
help in a small way by developing our conservation projects
in the Chihuahua Desert. Mining and irrigation have left this
wetland vastly depleted. You can help preserve this nature
reserve by securing dams and replanting local plant speicies.
Alternatively, you could try your hand at conserving local
flamingo populations. We have opportunities protecting the
nests, feeding sites and making sure fresh water is available
for the birds. Other volunteer projects include directing
IT classes for Mexican children, teaching English and working
at turtle hatcheries.
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Whether it’s to admire the magnificent colonial architecture,
take shade under the laurels, or simply watch the comings and
goings of downtown Mérida, the Plaza Mayor is a must.
Flanking the square on one side is the great 16th century
cathedral, the site of a former Mayan temple and on each of
the other sides you have a contemporary arts museum, the Palacio
de Gobierno and the Palacio Municipal. And across town, everywhere
you see the name Montejo - Paseo de Montejo, Casa de Montejo,
even Panificadora Montejo - you’ll be reminded of the
man himself, Francisco de Montejo the Younger, who founded
the first Spanish colony here in 1542.
Today, however, Mérida has its very own personality
and it’s all too easy to sit back and enjoy its many
restaurants, marimba groups, and local artisans at work…just
don’t forget that this is also the perfect base to explore
the bird sanctuary at Celestún, the Puuc Mayan route,
and of course the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá
Located on Mexico's pacific coast is the beautiful resort
of El Playon. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and
long rolling surf make this El Playon a dream destination.
Famous as the home of tequila and mariachi - Mexico’s
musical tradition, El Playon is a best kept secret amongst
Mexicans - only recently discovered by European holiday-makers.
"The City of the Mountains" is the location of
Mexico's business centre. A lively and industrious city, volunteers
seeking the hustle and bustle of museums, art galleries, and
fine restaurants always remark how they had difficulty cramming
in all the city's extensive cultural exertions. However, If
you easily tire of a hectic pace, volunteers can always retire
to the cool climes of the breathtaking Madre Oriental mountains.
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Mexico is gaining a firm place on the tourist map thanks
to its ever-increasing popularity as a travel destination.
However, beyond the developing cities, there are still many
underprivileged communities in need of volunteer support,
and volunteer English teachers are highly sought after. Tourism
and climate change have also had a great impact on the Mexican
landscape and volunteers are continually needed to help places
such as rainforest reserves and the wetlands of Chihuahua.