• United States of America
1 week

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Global Volunteers tax-deductible Texas program contribution starts at $1,177. The contribution includes all meals, accommodations, airport transportation, transportation within volunteer projects, project costs, administrative expenses, and support from Global Volunteers staff. Discounts are also available for students, family and multi-person groups, and returning volunteers. Free-time activities, airfare, or other travel are not included in the fees.

Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, Global Volunteers is waiving the fee to transfer from affected service programs to a future date.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance
Apr 11, 2023
Nov 02, 2022
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About Program

The Rio Grande Valley often looms large in today’s news. But beyond the headlines and politics lies vibrant communities requesting your help. The families we assist struggle with the basic necessities of life. You can lend your hands and spirit to projects improving their living conditions through an exemplary program originally founded to assist migrant farm workers. In just one week, you can make a difference, form bonds with the people of this community, and learn first-hand the issues facing this multicultural community.

Our host and community partner in San Juan is Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit self-help construction company that serves low-income families in 'colonias' (unincorporated, low-income neighborhoods, often with few city services) in predominantly rural areas of Hidalgo County, Texas. Proyecto Azteca is a nationally recognized organization that has financed and trained close to 1,000 families in the construction and first-time ownership of their own homes.

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Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of South Texas.
  • Work alongside people in Texas to support children and families who need it most.
  • All logistics (except for airfare) arranged by our staff, so you can focus on volunteering.
  • Global Volunteers' policy: safety trumps everything. Volunteers are well taken care of by their Team Leader while on a service program.
  • Work with Hispanic and/or Latino children and families while learning about their cultures.

Program Impact

On a volunteer program in San Juan, Texas, you will have the opportunity to provide service at one or more of our community partner sites. Volunteers frequently provide help to refugees who just arrived in the U.S. at the refugee respite center by helping serve meals, organizing and handing out donations, providing childcare, and helping with paperwork. Other service opportunities include projects at the local food bank, at a weekly soup kitchen, and on construction projects with our host organization. Additional projects may be included, as requested by the community.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Serve in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Volunteering in the Rio Grand Valley in southern Texas was my 5th Global Volunteers service program. We hear so much about our southern border in the news. It was great to visit and serve in the area. We learned so much and did what we could to serve the community. We started our service by volunteering at the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank, one of the largest in the country, where we packed 482 food packages to go to low-income families. We spent 2 days at the Humanitarian Respite Center where we were able to interact with refugee families and play with the children there. We also served at a local soup kitchen. During our free time, we were able to visit the Santa Ana National Wildlife refuge where we were able to hike to the Rio Grande. On our last day, we visited the border area and saw the border wall that separates Mexico and the USA. In addition to all the places we visited, we were able to help with a home construction project. We also listened to two local women who have worked in the area for decades and gave us PowerPoint presentations on the USA Immigration policies over time. Our team leader, Barbara Morris, did an excellent job facilitating our experiences in the Rio Grande Valley. This weeklong journey was a unique service opportunity and simply amazing.

  • Very meaningful service opportunities with immigrants seeking asylum in the USA and a chance to serve and learn in this impoverished area of our country.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Working at the respite center and painting a house in S. TX

This was my first "domestic" volunteer trip, and one of my most impactful. I felt like I was getting to pull back the curtain and see the reality of the refugees who came in - learning about their stories and the long road they still had to travel. There is so much misinformation regarding this issue and although I know it's a political hot button, I got to experience the humanitarian side of it it - putting faces to the numbers. Barbara Bicknell was an excellent leader and I credit her for the way our group of 11 became fast friends and worked so well together. Painting the house with 4 other women, under the guidance of Projecto Azteca, was no easy feat, especially given the heat and the conditions of the space, but it was rewarding and we were able to make it a fun project.

  • The organization as put forth by our leader, Barbara. We brainstormed, wrote down goals, checked back with those goals and ended every day with a wrap up session.
  • No cons, but it was hot. Then again, it was South TX, so that was expected!
68 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An experience not to be missed

This was my first trip with Global Volunteers. I choose this one in Texas as I wanted to learn more about (and see for myself) what was happening at the border as well as be of help. I was totally overwhelmed and found this to be one of the most powerful weeks that I have ever experienced.

Every person that we met regardless of status was kind, grateful and helpful. The people who spoke to us provided a wealth of information on the area, the needs of the community, the resources available and more. We were given first hand opportunities to see and work with the refugees at the Respite Center.

To see and hear the stories of the refugees touched me to the core of my being. I believe everyone should go here to learn and help educate others. The support and direction from Global Volunteers was wonderful. I felt safer there than many of the clinics that I have worked out in Virginia.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We helped at the Food Bank and distributed food for 500 families as their cars waited in line as early as 2:00am.
70 people found this review helpful.

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