• Mexico
    • Yucatan
4 to 16 weeks

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As a small non-profit, we manage to maintain our independence by not being funded by outside agencies or corporates, and as such we do ask for a contribution towards costs of placement from successful applicants, which is USD$250/month mentoring costs for a remote placement (less than 10USD/day) and for in-situ placements this can reach a maximum of USD$900/month and covers food, accommodation, equipment etc. We are emphatically non-profiteers - a problem with a lot of the sector - but we do have costs we need to cover to stay afloat, not least in these tricky times.
All backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to get in touch. Time frames are flexible, with placements available from 1 - 4 months
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Equipment Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Apr 08, 2021
May 17, 2019
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About Program

Do you share our belief in Un-Development - valuing locally-led, long-term change over traditional, top-down development? If so, come and join Ninth Wave Global to assist with a range of community and environmental projects and initiatives in the southeastern city of Campeche, Mexico and its surroundings.

Placements will be individually tailored according to interests and existing experience in order to enable wide-ranging skill development and community engagement.

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Program Highlights

  • Community-led initiatives
  • In the heart of the green community
  • Workshops and education provided
  • Friendly living environment

Program Impact

Participants will be get hands-on experience with a range of local projects that have an key role in supporting local communities and environmental sustainability, including:
- Mercado Verde: a weekly 'green market' brought about by a community of local artisans and organic producers, aiming to promote fair-trade goods and reduce food miles.
- Empresa Verde: a co-operative assessment and support framework for local businesses moving towards sustainable, environmentally conscious practices.
- El Campanario: a vanguard socio-environmental project encompassing a food forest, compost and recycling resource, animal shelter and educational workshop.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Travel differently

I first encountered Ninth Wave back in 2017 and journeyed with them in Mexico on the Usumacinta river as well as spending time in Campeche where they are based from. Not only are Jon and his amazing team pioneering truly sustainable approaches in development but the Ninth Wave ethos is powerful and deeply human. They work across a broad range of sectors, remote medical work, sustainable development, tourism, learning Spanish, so there are many fantastic opportunities to learn and get involved in the area that interests you or even just help in anything you can. The programs are run across Latin America and sometimes further afield always with an ethos which is humble, inquisitive and promoting help by listening, a refreshing approach but nontheless effective. I cannot recommend Ninth wave enough, there are so many opportunities and if you really want to learn about a place and connect with people this is how to do it. In an time of overabundant travel opportunities and 'experiences for sale' Ninth wave is unique, genuine and you will wish you had met Jon earlier.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get involved, make opportunities, ask questions. The more you do this the more you will benefit as well as the locals.
24 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Long stay volunteering

Ninth wave were recommended to me by a friend who had volunteered with them and really enjoyed her stay. My two month stay with them from January to March this year was better than I could have imagined and I find myself back here again, like many of the volunteers who, like me, have found a project they feel they can get on board with. This is down to the leaders of the project, Jon and Amy a husband a wife team and the wonderful people they have working with them in the office, the campanario (the site for organic growing and composting) and in the community. This is a project which is highly motivating and gives responsibility to anybody who wants to take it. Campeche and the nature is obviously incredibly wild and beautiful too. You’ll have lots of free time to spend after mornings working hard, it’s a dream! wonderful vegetarian lunches included too!

23 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Authentic, honest organisation that are actually making a difference.

I did a short but intense placement with Ninth Wave in December 2018, with my main focus being on Bat Research in Calakmul Jungle. The work these guys do is hugely inspirational. Ninth Wave consists of just a small team of massively dedicated individuals who really are making a big impact across the town. They've inspired and encouraged individuals from all over to recycle and reuse and find plastic-free alternatives in a country where sustainability isn't a priority. The amount of work these guys take on is admirable and I couldn't recommend enough a placement with them. They put in a lot of effort to make you feel at home and like an important component within the organisation. They fully support you utilising your own skills and developing interests you find along the way. I learnt so much that I never expected to learn; skills and general life lessons. You also get to experience an authentic side of mexico, and additionally how a small not-for-profit runs. You live in a traditional Mexican house in the centre of town and form strong relationships with the locals that have become an intrinsic part of Ninth Wave and it's philosophy.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take every opportunity thrown at you: there will be a lot! But utilise how expansive the organisation is! Your weird niche skill that you never thought would would be useful would probably find its place within the organisation, so vocalise your skills and they'll be greeted with enthusiasm!
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