Assisting a Small Mayan Microenterprise: a Harvest Transformation Centre
The transformation center as known by the local community, is a workshop where harvests are transformed into exquisite products using ancestral recipes. The effects of such activity can only be understood at heart when you hear Aremi's own words: “…before the transformation centre was here our harvests could only be sold when transported to other places. But transport and petrol fees made it non-cost effective. Today we have many wonderful produces such as honey and curcuma, habanero pepper flakes, jamaica(hibiscus), sun-dried tomatoes among several others… families’ economies have been transformed not only because they can sell their harvests to the transformation centre but because they work there with flexible schedule allowing women to also better look after their families…”. Aremi belongs to one of the resilient families in the community. A family that loves the land and that have defied the odds and through hard work and caring hands are supporting the project to enrich the lives of the families in the community. The transformation center has enhanced more than the economy, it has enhanced the well-being of the women working there. It was conceived as a space to share the traditional knowledge within the community and those arriving from near and far beyond places to share the care for one another, to look after their health and their needs.
Sharing knowledge and thoughts is a fulfilling experience, but one that probably we think of as out of working hours activity. Having the opportunity to experience how to genuinely share an interest for those that we work with will certainly enrich our lives.
Are you interested in food sovereignty? Do you want to help building this Mayan community and its efforts to preserve their traditions and enhance their livelihoods? Do you want to live a holistic working experience of knowledge and well-being sharing? Come and join this project as a volunteer and you'll find yourself transformed!
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s) 2030 Agenda
|+21 yrs old
|From 50 USD/Day
** REGISTRATION FEE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE: 75USD WHEN SENDING APPPLICATION + 224USD WHEN ACCEPTED
|Minimum 4 weeks
|Full Board except Sunday when only breakfast is provided
The Harvest Transformation Centre is part of a holistic project to create entrepreneurial opportunities for community-based initiatives led by women. The centre aims to provide jobs that help with the community well-being using the local harvests.
The program welcomes international volunteers who are interested in learning and enjoying what small indigenous communities can share with them while helping them with the preparation and production of preserves and other handmade products.
If you are hardworking, interested in learning in how small indigenous communities work, enthusiastic and interested in learning or expand your knowledge about handmade products and their local marketing practices, then do not hesitate to join us in South Mexico.
- Help in the establishment of solidarity and social economy practices
- To promote community entrepreneurship led by women to have dignified jobs that provide community wellbeing
- Create job and training opportunities for women and the youth in the community
- To re-establish community health through regenerative agriculture and conscious diet
- No previous experience nor specific education required
- Interested in food preparation and hands-on projects preferably for small community projects
- Keen on verbal communication
- A ‘can do it’ attitude and initiative
- Willingness and desire to help and learn from others
- Teamwork player and able to follow instructions
- Level of Spanish: Basic. English is desirable but not required.
- Assisting in daily kitchen production
- Food daily prep and daily maintenance
- Sharing recipes in intercultural workshops
- Purchase of local inputs
- Organizing local dissemination activities
We are deeply commited to help you be as prepared as possible to enjoy and fulfil your expectations for joining a program in Mexico. For that reason, there is an orientation comprising three distinct aspects prior to your arrival. Dates and time will be agreed upon the HUV team and the volunteer in advance.
The aspects to cover include:
- Mexico and its culture
- Volunteering in Mexico and learning about your chosen destination
- Follow up throughout your chosen project
Arrival and Onsite Orientation
Arrival/Departure airport: Local nearby airport
Volunteers will be welcomed upon arrival at the local nearby airport by a caring staff member of the organization hosting you. Arrange for a flight that arrives no later than midday. You will be given the option to either have light lunch or drive you to the project site and into your accommodation before enjoying a meal. The staff member will be happy to help you with any information needed on the community or any advice needed on your arrival.
Orientation will take place on Monday morning after you have a light breakfast.
Accommodation and meals
Volunteers will be hosted at the Volunteer’s House run by the organization. Rooms are dormitory style and may be shared by up to 3 volunteers depending on the time of the year and the number of volunteers onsite. The rooms are basic, but they have all standard amenities for a comfortable stay.
All meals are included (full board). Some of them are self-service, others prepared by staff members and a few more prepared as a team including the volunteer. Mexican people have a high appreciation of mealtimes, and it is a special time to relax and socialize, thus be ready to enjoy the experience.
Project Availability: All year round
Duration: you can choose dates from a minimum of 4 weeks up to 24 weeks. Arrivals are expected on a SUNDAY, and you can choose the minimum stay and subject to availability (and visa conditions) you can extend your stay through arrangements with the local team.
** if the fees for the time you are interested in volunteering for the project of your choice is not listed, please send us an enquire and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Volunteers will share their work with local peers for around 6 hours Monday to Friday.
There are important variations on time schedules based on whether there is rainy or dry season. We share with you a typical dry season day:
Self- prepared breakfast
You will join the Harvest Transformation Center to prepare all what is needed to operate the center that day (supplies, kitchen utensils, glass jars, etc)
If needed, you will have a hand to the team with supplies purchasing
You will with activities related to food processing, seed handling, food dehydration
Lunch time is shared and enjoyed also at the Food Processing Centre
You will help the team to clear up after finishing the daily processing activities and then will help out to clean the area
Activities at the orchards and food processing centre are finalised and you are free to enjoy any leisure activity you may choose, including bike riding around town, visit the Mayan cultural centre, swim at the local Cenote (deep well)
Registration Fee to secure your place
- 75 USD when sending application
- 224 USD when accepted
Included in the cost
- Project Placement
- Onsite follow up& support
- Orientation: cultural, at placement and safety
- Airport pick up on arrival
- Accommodation as described in "What's included"
- Meals as described in "What's included"
Additional to consider
- International/ domestic (if required or chosen) flights
- Visa if required
- Local transport (if needed)
- Return airport transfer
- Personal items
- Any other cost no listed above (“included in the cost”)