Volunteer on U.S.-Mexico Border – Tax-Deductible Starting $1,177
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Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, Global Volunteers is waiving the fee to transfer from affected service programs to a future date.
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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- 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.
On a volunteer program in San Juan, Texas, you will have the opportunity to provide help to refugees who just arrived in the U.S. Volunteers provide assistance at the refugee respite center helping serve meals, organizing and handing out donations, providing childcare, and helping with paperwork.
Our community partner, Proyecto Azteca, serves low-income residents through the construction of single-family homes. Volunteer tasks depend on skill level of volunteers, but include painting, siding, tile work, site preparation, landscaping, building disability ramps, and upgrading bathrooms to be disability accessible. Proyecto Azteca requires that families work on their own homes. Unfortunately, some families who are either disabled, elderly, or both cannot fulfill the 550 “sweat equity” hour requirement. That is where volunteers become the real difference for families. The hours volunteers put in are banked and used to help elderly and disabled families meet their sweat equity requirement. This is where you can have a significant impact for a family.