Volunteer with Esperanza                                   

Seattle University Campus Ministry

Esperanza International works with our partner, Fundación Esperanza de México (FEM), to provide international service experiences for our volunteer groups in Tijuana, México.  FEM hosts groups of volunteers to help build homes and work on other projects in the under-served communities of Tijuana.  Volunteer groups work for 3 to 10 days in an immersion experience of Mexican culture, socio-economic development, and leadership building.

Plan a service experience for your group or for yourself!  We offer opportunities for groups and for individuals.              

A Typical Work Day

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For Organized Groups (3 to 10 days)

We work with organized groups from high schools, colleges, churches and more to provide a unique international service experience that develops the global citizenship of group members. Working directly with our partner, FEM, volunteers work hand-in-hand with Mexican families to build homes.  In addition, groups have the opportunity to learn more about the local culture through after-work activities such as experiencing a local cultural event, visiting other non-profit human service organizations, and more.

“Esperanza means being inspired by watching women meet to create communities for their families and children and plan for their future.” –Kathy, group leader

For Individuals (3 to 10 days)

Independent volunteer trips are one of the best ways that interested individuals can volunteer with Esperanza International.  These mixed-groups incorporate volunteers from different locations, experience-levels and backgrounds. Contact the group leaders (below) directly if you have interest in participating in the trips and they will provide information about prices and logistics.

“I was caught completely off guard by the great disparity between media portrayal of Tijuana and actually experiencing it.” –Rodney, independent volunteer

Upcoming Independent Groups

  • Sandra and Friends: July 1-8, 2017.  Please contact Sandra Convery at sandra.convery@esperanzaint.org for more information.
  • East/West group: August 13-19, 2017.  Please contact Celina Rodriguez at celina.rodriguez@esperanzaint.org for more information.
  • San Diego Friends: 2017 dates TBD. Please contact Celina Rodriguez at celina.rodriguez@esperanzaint.org for more information.

For Individuals (Long-Term)

We offer long-term volunteer positions (6 months to 1 year) in which volunteers live and work in Tijuana.  Long-term volunteers assist in coordinating volunteer groups and the families in house building through FEM’s community program.  Ability to speak Spanish is required since one of the functions is to help with communication between the volunteers and the families. Other responsibilities include organizing and accompanying the volunteer groups in a variety of activities that enrich their experience in Tijuana, administrative tasks, teaching English classes, etc.  Serving as a long-term volunteer is an opportunity to better experience the culture of Tijuana,  understand the complex issues surrounding the border region, develop leadership skills and work towards greater social justice. For more information, or to submit a cover letter, contact Program Manager Celina Rodriguez: celina.rodriguez@esperanzaint.org

Program Fees

Fees support our community development program in Mexico and make our work possible.  Our fees are based on per-person participation rates and depend on the length of trip and group size.  A typical trip of five work days and six nights would cost $365 per person and would cover all costs associated with construction and lodging but would exclude airfare.  Please contact Celina Rodríguez at celina.rodriguez@esperanzaint.org or (619) 947-0166 for detailed prices and fundraising ideas.

To Learn More or To Register Your Group

Celina Rodríguez
(619) 573-2006



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