Project TEN-Cadena Center operates in the town of Pluma Hidalgo and in local communities located in the mountainous region that embraces the town of Pluma. Volunteer with children, youth and women focusing on different elements of informal education while living in the middle of the jungle

Our Activity:

Young people in their twenties from Israel and the Diaspora volunteer at the TEN Center Mexico. Volunteers engage in informal education activities on a daily basis in order to enrich the local children’s learning experience.

The volunteers run the Books & Things Educational Center throughout the day.

The Center provides enrichment hours in the field of informal education to the children of the city of Pluma and its surroundings. The activities in the Center are varied and revolve around the fields of art, group games, thinking games and more. At the educational Center, an emphasis is placed on learning, which is adapted to the various abilities of the children and youth as well as on learning that promotes developing personal skills and abilities, which the children will require in the future,

In the mountainous region around Pluma village, the volunteers work in the Conafe schools. This is a network of local community schools run by a local nonprofit and a teaching staff that was educated in the community. The volunteers introduce TEN's educational activity model to the participants (parents and their children). TEN Directors and Coordinators accompany Conafe's teaching staff and make basic English language learning, principles and practices accessible for the enrichment of the young teaching staff.

The volunteers and Directors and Coordinators work at the high school in the city of Pluma Hidalgo in order to make information accessible, up-to-date and relevant to promote healthy living for youth, parents and teachers. The program was built by education and health professionals.

Enrichment program for volunteers:

TEN volunteers undergo training before and after arrival at the Center. The training is designed to prepare participants for group life, the volunteering experience, and it enables a connection to the wider global context in which the Project TEN operates. The delegation opens with a week of orientation of in-depth familiarity with the Center. During this week, the volunteers meet the local staff, get to deeply know the work, visit volunteering locations and are exposed to the local culture and lifestyle.

During the three months of volunteering, there are regular weekly meetings that are led by the Center's Directors and Coordinators and in collaboration with local professionals. The meetings cover various topics such as international development, education and community, Sabbath and holiday activities, language and group time. The purpose of the meetings is to process the volunteering and group life experiences, to provide tools for the professional implementation of Project TEN’s educational and ethical model, to expose the volunteers to the culture and lifestyle of the community in which they live alongside their own identity as Jews, as Israelis and citizens of the world.

Residence: The volunteer house is located in the center of the village. The Directors and Coordinators and volunteers share a communal home and the volunteers share communal rooms (4-6 per room). Each room is equipped with a toilet and shower with hot water. The house has a laundry room, a living room and a fully equipped vegetarian kitchen. Volunteers can spend time in the yard or on the roof of the house overlooking the beautiful valley.

Saturdays and Holidays:

Every second Saturday, participants are free to go and travel around the country. The program welcomes religious and secular participants. All activities on Saturdays and Jewish holidays are suitable for traditional observers. However, every participant is free to keep the Sabbath as they see fit.

What can be found nearby?

The city of Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pacific coasts are located at the edge of the jungle as are the Huatulco Bay resorts.

When can I volunteer?

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Cost $1,350 The cost includes accommodation, three nutritious meals a day, clean water, transportation to volunteer sites, professional staff in the field, basic Wi-Fi and security. The cost does not include flights, health insurance, vaccines, visas and free weekends.

Lets go, where do I sign up? Here 

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