Misión Mazahua Volunteer FAQs
What does a volunteer do?
A volunteer at Misión Mazahua will do many different tasks. Your main task might be teaching English or other subjects a few days a week at Las Rosas, the mission school. Other jobs might include doing basic office work (computer work and filing/organizing), helping with groups, and/or other work projects as they come up. We can use your skills in ceramics, music, sewing, photography, desktop publishing, computer science, agriculture, animal husbandry, physical therapy/medicine, cooking, teaching and discipling, and other areas as well. If there is something specific you would like to do here, please let us know, and we will see if we can accommodate it if there is a need. Most importantly, you must be flexible and be willing to try new things.
How long does a volunteer serve?
Because it takes a while to get adjusted and to understand your role in Misión Mazahua’s ministry, we ask that volunteers come for a minimum of three months. Our volunteers have stayed anywhere from three months to a year or longer. The average term is about six months.
How much does it cost?
Misión Mazahua will provide you with basic room and board. You will be expected to cover your travel expenses and living expenses while at the mission. These might include a basic light breakfast, toiletry needs and luxury expenses such as an occasional dinner out or a trip to the movies.
How old do I have to be?
We take high school graduates to great-grandmothers. There is really no age limit on either end. Most of our long-term volunteers have come after finishing high school or college; some just come for the summer. Others have been older and wanted a break from their job in the United States. Retirees and retired couples are welcome.
What if I don’t speak Spanish?
Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary, but helpful. There are plenty of English speakers around to help you out, and you will get to learn Spanish while you are here.
Where will I live? What about food?
You will be provided with a room at the hacienda. You will be able to interact on a daily basis with the local people who also live and work at the hacienda. Lunch and dinner will usually be provided; we suggest that you budget for a modest breakfast on your own. There is a store nearby, and you will have access to a kitchen.
What about my student loans?
Most student lending agencies will allow a deferment on loan payments for periods of time when the student is not working or is volunteering in a non-profit organization. Check with your lender. Another way is to raise support from your church, family and/or friends to cover the payments while you are away.
What should I bring?
Bring whatever you need for an extended trip. Pack light. Girls will need one or two skirts for church and some outings to villages. These do not need to be dressy. Pants and short- or long-sleeve shirts are the norm here. It is usually warm during the day, but can get quite cool at night and in the morning. Bring something warm to sleep in.
What if I need more information?
How do I apply? Please contact us! We would love to answer your questions or get you started in planning to come here. We can also put you in touch with some of our former volunteers.