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    Long before the "sustainable tourism" term began to catch momentum, or even Geo-tourism as National Geographic's editor tagged the trend, the Hacienda Chichen owners have been practicing this ideal way of operating. Since early 1990s this boutique hotel committed its vision to eco-cultural tourism or what we know today as "sustainable tourism."  Since then, Hacienda Chichen eco-cultural mission helped owners and staff to work for excellent guest services with ecologically sound green hotel practices; their vision included social awareness volunteer programs to support the local communities, read more about the volunteers that started this noble work.

Meal time at the Maya Nutrition Center was great fun for MFIL volunteer Lahnee during her participation in our social work programs.DID YOU KNOW: Hacienda Chichen is recognized as one of Mexico's true example of sustainable tourism?
Indeed, this boutique Spa-hotel actively does encourage travelers and visitors to volunteer their time, knowledge, and job skills to health care, social programs and educate Mayan young generations in Yucatan's rural areas
.  A practice that we hope will become more popular among hoteliers and travel businesses operating in Yucatan, Mexico, where Mayan communities continue to suffer lack of proper social services including: good health care, higher education, green awareness programs, and job related training opportunities.

The Maya Foundation In Laakeech Starting Point:

  Hoping to make a difference in the lives of rural Mayan children, the Hacienda Chichen owners, staff, and friends officially found their civil volunteer association: the Maya Foundation In Laakeech A.C. in 2007 (this Maya word is pronounce: "In lak'ech" meaning: we are one). Mrs. Belisa Barbachano donated a fine Mayan art boutique store to support the civil volunteer programs, as well as profits from the Hacienda Chichen and Yaxkin Spa. Today, these small businesses work hand in hand actively caring for the environment, promoting social sustainable tourism, sponsoring volunteering programs, and health care in rural Yucatan, Mexico.  You are invited to participate as a volunteer in this wonderful way of working together. Our goal is to achieve a better future for all living beings, bringing hope, joy, friendship and learning opportunities to hundred of Maya communities near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

Read Lahnee's own article about her MFIL volunteer experience    Travelers, and visitors alike, enjoy participating in our Green volunteering and social volunteer work programs supporting the growth and education of the Mayan rural people as well as increasing an eco-friendly awareness and understanding them.  You can help us help the Mayan communities with your gifts of love (such as old clothes, reading glasses, multi-vitamins, and donations) even if you can not give of your time.  For those willing to spend a few weeks volunteering with the MFIL's social work programs and workshops, we suggest you read our "Maya Foundation In Laakeech Volunteers' Frequently Asked Questions" and contact us via email to start planning your free volunteer vacation abroad and arrival date to Yucatan, Mexico.

Donating a Nutrition Fun Party to the Maya Children through the Maya Foundation In Laakeech:

If you can not spend two or more weeks as a "in-field" volunteer, then you may wish to donate or sponsor a Nutrition Lunch Party at one of the many Maya children community centers we cater in rural Maya villages near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

With a budget as little as USD $280 or a bit more we can help you organize a wonderful Lunch or Dinner Party for the children serving nutritional meals, fresh fruit refreshments, and some joyful activities to bring big smiles to over 65 children living in Student Housing Centers or you may wish to donate a special Nutrition Cook Out Lunch in one of the rural schools we support.

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Come be a Maya Foundation In Laakeech Volunteer and stay near the famous Mayan Kukulkan Temple at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, while you help in any of our various volunteer programs!Volunteering in Yucatan, Mexico, is a very fulfilling experience for those that wish to share their time, knowledge, and skills with the Mayan rural people; you can become a MFIL volunteer while staying a mist ancient Mayan temples and enjoying Yucatan's eco-cultural wonders.  Our abroad volunteer programs are not a summer camp alternative, we do not have paid staff to over-see or supervise volunteers while staying and working in our Yucatan's social volunteer programs. If you are a responsible pro-active adult wishing to join our volunteer team and support our social work programs working in a rural Mayan community near Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, please contact us. We will be happy to have you come and support our social mission and sustainable tourism vision.

We offer great volunteering experiences to be a Volunteer in Yucatan, Mexico, read our interview to Jim Conrad about his personal experience as a volunteer

What to expect when volunteering as a Maya Community Social Volunteer with the Maya Foundation In Laakeech:

MFIL VOLUNTEER "WEB TEAM" OPPORTUNITIES:  You can participate in our Web Volunteer Team program from your own hometown anytime, all year round or as a temporary volunteer dedicating a fixed period of time; your choice.  We welcome volunteers from the age of 17 and up to help us build a comprehensive and supportive website, develop new pro-active blogs, answer inquiries and emails from our readers, or write articles focus on ancient Maya civilization information, Mayan people of today, Mayan culture and traditions, or Mayan Regional ecology, eco-travel, sustainable ventures, etc. If you wish to participate in this volunteer category, kindly email us at info@yucatanadventure.com.mx a brief note about the area of interest and Web volunteering you can help us with.

MFIL VOLUNTEERING "ON-SITE" PROGRAMS' ACTIVE SEASON:   If you wish to participate in our volunteer Mayan communities' social work programs keep in mind such "on-site volunteering" programs are active only from May 1st to October 30th, each year. Mayan community "on site" volunteers are required to make prior arrangement planning and confirmed status from our MFIL Board of Directors. Please contact us via email to: info@yucatanadventure.com.mx if you wish to participate in any of these volunteering abroad opportunities. 

Read our "Travel Tips" to help you plan your trip.TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:  Upon acceptance to our Maya Foundation In Laakeech (this Maya word is pronounce: "In lak'ech" meaning: we are one) on-site Mayan community volunteer programs, you should make arrangements to arrive through Q.Roo's Cancun International Airport or Yucatan's Merida International Airport; both airports offer many international flights although it is our experience that Cancun international flights are price a bit lower than those arriving in Merida, Yucatan.  Chichen Itza, Piste, and Xcalacoop (the three main areas of our current volunteer social work agenda) are within an hour and a half to two hours away from both Cancun and Merida by ADO bus transportation (comfortable, safe, and multi-price range fares are available to transport tourists to Chichen Itza from any of the two above mentioned airports or cities). The best Bus-line is ADO which runs deluxe and first class busses to all important tourist destinations throughout Mexico. Read our "Travel Tips" article here.

TRANSPORTATION: Teaching Volunteers are expected to work out their own transportation needs at arrival, departure and during their daily trips from their Maya Hut "volunteer home" to the Mayan communities where they will volunteer. Taxi services from the Hacienda (rooming) to their volunteer work sites are inexpensive, about 35 pesos each way.

Check the ADO bus transportation fares and schedules, ADO ranges from super deluxe to less expensive bus services to comfortable second class bus fares.   ADO has its own online ticket  and bus stations; from Merida and Cancun airport you can take a taxi to the ADO bus station. Check the ADO website for times and routes offered "from and to" the site of your interest. Cancun airport offers ADO shuttles to the ADO Station every 20 minutes or so, for about $25 pesos (less than USD $2.00)

The Hacienda Chichen Resort offers free rooming to our MFIL Maya Community Volunteers during their field work in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoACCOMMODATIONS: As a volunteer with the Maya Foundation in Laakeech (this Maya word is pronounce: "In lak'ech" meaning: we are one) you will be welcomed with friendly faces and become part of the MFIL volunteer team as soon as you arrive to the Hacienda Chichen Resort, in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; where you will be accommodated this lovely volunteers' Maya Hut (photo) a private spacious bungalow with large bathroom, closet, hammocks, bed, ceiling fans, small refrigerator, etc.

Accomodations' Donation Policies: The Maya Hut accommodation is donated free of charge by the Hacienda Chichen owners to help all our MFIL volunteers to support to our social ventures. Teaching Volunteers in our three weeks stay program, need to donate USD $260 to our NGO to help keep up the hut supplies. Teaching.  Four week stay volunteers need give a cash gift of USD $290.  All year round rooming available only to our Friendship Club,  former volunteers.

Volunteers may browse the Hacienda Chichen Resort's own website www.haciendachichen.com and learn about the wonderful Sustainable Tourism practices that this unique Green boutique hotel, one of Mexico's best Eco-Spa Resorts in Yucatan, offers to its guests.Free lunch meal to MFIL volunteers that dedicate at least 3 weeks or more their time to help the Mayan communities.

MEALS: Volunteers participating in a two-week program are granted 20% discount when ordering meals and beverages at the hotel Hacienda Chichen, during their volunteer stay.  The donated rooming facilities have a small refrigerator to help volunteers keep cold produces for meals, sandwiches, salads, milk, etc; produces can be bought in Piste or Xcalacoop stores.

FREE LUNCH DAILY: To MFIL Volunteers participating in a four-week or longer stay helping with any of our social programs, will be granted by the Hacienda Chichen Resort a simple lunch meal free of charge daily, plus the 20% discount in other meals and non- alcoholic beverages purchased at the hotel.

CLOTH WASHING: Available upon request for a small service fee.  Volunteers staying over four weeks will have the opportunity to use the hotel's laundry machines once a week for small clothes quantities at no charge, details will be worked upon arrival.

INTERNET WIRELESS CONNECTION: Available free to the hotel's guests and to the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (this Maya word is pronounce: "In lak'ech" meaning: we are one) volunteers; best signal is around the Hacienda Chichen Open terrace bar.   Volunteers are encourage to bring personal laptops for comfortable Internet use and quick access.

Mrs. Beatriz C. and Isabel Gutierrez at a MFIL Board of Directors meeting coordinating volunteer programs and social work ventures.WELCOME: Upon arrival you will be greeted by Jose Tamay, MFIL Local Social Work Coordinator and/or Mrs. Beatriz Correa, MFIL Board of Directors and Yaxkin Spa co-owner, they will introduce you to the staff of the Hacienda Chichen, including the owners Belisa and Bruce when they on premises.

BASIC SPANISH REQUIRED: It may be quite daunting on your first day especially if you don’t speak basic simple Spanish.  Most of your students at the Hacienda won’t speak English, some none at all and others only the basics so it is a good idea to prepare yourself and your lessons before you arrive at the Hacienda.

VOLUNTEER BASIC SCHEDULE: Volunteering for the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (pronounce: In lakech) free volunteer programs in Yucatan, Mexico, allows your schedule to be very relaxed, as is the Hacienda Chichen itself; you will be free to decide how much or how little you do after you meet the basic required volunteer time per day; but remember that you have chosen to volunteer and it is a brilliant experience for you, if you put in the effort to be involved.  The more you put in, the more you will get out of it. 

The MFIL volunteer program in Yucatan, Mexico is offered with free rooming and requires social work volunteers to stay at least two weeks.  Volunteers need to be at least 19 years old to participate in our Maya Community social work programs, also are required to plan their own lessons, class materials, and workshop sessions, which include teaching at least two daily classes at the hotel (90 min. each) plus two community school classes at a public rural school. If you want to participate in this sustainable social volunteer work, please contact us.

The MFIL volunteer program with rooming and simple meals included requires you to stay at least four weeks, plan your own lesson agenda, and give at least two group daily classes at the hotel (90 min. each) and two individual 90 min. classes to specific staff members; plus a community school class (public elementary or mid-school students, 90 min. period). Also, you are encouraged to support the on going volunteer web publicity of the Maya Foundation In Laakeech to reach potential volunteer groups via Internet; as a volunteer you may know of websites that will link exchange with ours, volunteer directories online to place our information, and other creative ways to increase awareness of our social volunteer work online. If you wish to participate as a 4 or more weeks volunteer, kindly contact us and let us know the area of volunteer work you wish to help us.

Be creative and have fun teaching Mayan children about your country, culture, and encourage them to share their own traditions with you!ESL Volunteer Teachers: During your stay you will be the ‘maestro de Ingles’ or the English teacher which means you will be in charge of creating your own lesson plans and organizing lesson times in conjunction with Jose and the staff.

Your students will be mainly the wait staff or ‘meseros’ at the Hacienda as well as the children at the school in Xcalacoop, a neighboring Mayan community.  Other staff members at the Hacienda may also want to learn so it will be up to you to arrange sessions with them.  The females and males at the Hacienda will generally have separate lessons and class times.

At the Xcalacoop Public School no-one will speak English, including the teachers so you may want to arrange special private lessons for the school teachers for them to teach and practice your lessons with the students once you depart.

Preparing your ESL workshop lessons: Each volunteer creates his or her own ESL lessons; workshops last the same amount of days that the volunteer stays to teach; thus, no teacher is left with another volunteers lesson plan.  Keep in mind the students you will be teaching have basic English or no English knowledge.  The Hacienda staff is eager to learn, so plan your lessons to be relevant to their job, and create some fun pro-active lessons related to their job needs to increase their conversational language skills and communicate better with their clients. 

Enjoy the gift of children's smiles as you help them growMaya rural school students require a more repetitive approach to learning, as they are not surrounded by English all the time; therefore, they aren’t practicing very often what has been taught to them, so be patient and help them practice the lessons with class reviews.  Teach them basic greetings, numbers, colors, dates, family members, objects etc.  It is up to you exactly what you will teach and how you will present the information.  Be creative and have fun with the students because they are very receptive and happy to learn.  Plan to include the teacher in your lessons daily program to help increase the over all performance of your school group's learning skills.

 

 What to pack when volunteering as Maya Foundation In Laakeech Community Social Volunteers:

PASSPORT AND VISA: Make sure you have your passport and visa documents prior to your trip.  Read our "Travel Tips" article before your trip.

CREDIT CARD AND MONEY: Volunteers should bring at least one major credit card in case of need; bring small bills and exchange a few dollars prior to arrival (at the airport or in your local bank) to get the best out of your dollar when paying taxis and other services. A word of advice here.

CLOTHING: In regards to dress style, keep in mind that you will be visiting a conservative and traditional community and short shorts or small summer dresses are not really appropriate. Try to bring longer shorts, t-shirts that are not revealing, pants and skirts so nobody feels uncomfortable.  Tennis shoes work well in all terrain areas. Bring a swim suit if you care to use the hotel swimming pool, sun glasses, eco-friendly insect repellant and sun block.  Cotton and light weight fabrics work best.

TRAVEL TIPS: check our webpage article. Yucatan is very safe, you will be among friendly rural people that are very respectful and polite to tourists and foreigners.  Bring books, your IPod and music, laptop, alarm clock and any other electric devise that you like to have for entertainment (we run on 110v).

Be creative and have fun teaching simple basic English words to your class!ESL TEACHING MATERIAL: You will be preparing lessons as you go so writing equipment is essential, a laptop is also very handy if you have one,  the Hacienda Chichen Resort provides free wireless internet on the Terrace. 

BEST: Create two fun and active class/lesson session programs, each with a theme related to hospitality workers and small children to use in your own ESL workshop.  It can be very beneficial to bring picture cards, objects, music, DVDs etc, anything to help you get your lesson across, mainly for use at the school.  Bringing something relevant to your home country is also a great ice breaker with the children and you can begin with an intro on where you are from as they may not already know about your country.  Old magazines with pictures are a great way to teach your class group some fun practical words while creating an English dictionary and posters!

Seven ESL Teaching Tips to help you become a successful  Volunteer:

d    Check with the school teachers how they wish to be helped in their school English classes.  First check if the teacher needs you to reinforce any curriculum material, if so, kindly support them. Otherwise use your own material.

d  Create your ESL class material using "hands-on and  project based activities."   Be friendly and introduce yourself to the students by creating a "Cultural Dialogue." Ask the students to teach you phrases in Maya and Spanish then help them learn how it is say in English. Ask them "how do you say "phrase such as "good job" "good day" etc. then you say it in Maya or Spanish, then ask them to say the phrase in English.  This way, you will brake the "ice" and they will feel happy to share with you the skills.

d   Speak slow and enunciate clearly each English word but don't over do it. Students need to learn good communication skills and kindness, so do not mock them or allow others to do so while they are trying the new words or material.

d    Be flexible and adaptable while maintaining your realistic expectations and challenges.  Give realistic amounts of time for completing a task, adapt if the task is a bit too high of a challenge and support the student to succeed.  Permit drawings an verbal responses to help foster positive interaction and learning.

d    Help students learn by acting out a task.  Create some audio-visual aid, for example: "acting out a daily task (asking directions to the park, or bathroom.")

d   Correct errors with compassion.  Don't allow students to make fun or nasty comments when someone is trying to learn a word or phrase and has difficulty. Help them correct their mispronunciations when the meaning of the word changes,  for example      chopping / shopping       ship / sheep        share / chair.

 d   Play Sports and Engage with the students special interests.  Everybody enjoys the interaction, the teachers and students will feel your support and appreciate it by being more open to ask you questions and improve their enunciation and vocabulary.  Ask teachers if you can help with s school event.

For further information, questions, and inquiries about volunteering opportunities in Yucatan, Mexico, please email us.  You can also refer your inquires to the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (pronounced: In Lak'eck) volunteer Ms. Lahnee Thomas at info@yucatanadventure.com.mx she will be pleased to help you understand and enjoy your volunteer time at Chichen Itza and other Mayan communities in Yucatan, Mexico.  You may wish to read here her own experience as a Maya Foundation In Laakeech volunteer.

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  "Volunteers' Personal Stories and Experiences"

  Since 2004, the Hacienda Chichen has sponsored many green volunteering programs to support the Maya communities and rural families in Yucatan, Mexico.  Since 2007, when the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (pronounced: in lak'ech) was formally founded and Yucatan Adventure Eco-Travel Guide online was created by our civil volunteer team who has since then organized multiple free volunteer programs dedicated to the Maya communities welfare surrounding the region of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. Yucatan Adventure Eco-Travel Guide is part of such volunteer social work.

Best Green Boutique Hotel and Eco-Spa in Yucatan, Mexico  All of our Yucatan Mayan volunteer social programs and social work commitments, workshops, etc. are sponsored by the Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa as part of their commitment to Sustainable Tourism and green practices in Yucatan. Our sustaianble NGO the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (in lak'ech) civil volunteer social work is gently carried out in an informal friendly manner by local volunteers and volunteers from abroad wishing to help the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (in lak'ech) achieve its volunteer team vision and social work mission dedicated to the general welfare of the Mayan people and to prevent support ecological destructive activities prevailing among Yucatan's rural people, due to their current lack of green practices and conservation awareness programs. 

    Maya farmers continue to engage in massive deforestation and  illegal hunting of endangered species.  Water supply contamination is another environmental issue in urgent need to be addressed.  Yucatan's general ecological damage is due to lack of proper farming practices and deficient  eco-friendly education or green awareness.  Mayan rural daily habits include solid waste dumping, and other unhealthy habits that need to be re-educated with green awareness volunteer programs and eco-friendly new practices, especially in the region surrounding Chichen Itza.

    In 2006, Maya Foundation In Lakech founders began to organize volunteer social programs and green volunteering vacations geared to help the rural Mayans social needs, education, health, and personal growth. Programs to train young Mayan adults to find jobs and new economic opportunities started in 2004 with the support of Hacienda Chichen owners, by 2007 the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (Lakech) with the support of the Hacienda Chichen began various sustainable tourism volunteer programs.  Since then, this green hotel's guests often participate by giving a few weeks of their time to educate local natives in job related training programs. These volunteer vocational workshops have been of great help to young Mayan adults while offering fulfilling volunteer experiences to our abroad volunteers who share freely their skills and support to those Maya communities in need.

A NOTE ABOUT: "Our Volunteer Program" We are more than grateful to the people that have taken the time and care to volunteer their knowledge and expertise of job-related skills necessary to improve the life of many young adult Maya people.  Our Yucatan ESL volunteer programs have been truly successful this year; please read some of our volunteer's comments and experiences:

Mrs. Stephanie Davies with two of her favorite ESL students during her summer 2008 teaching volunteer visit.Stephanie Davies, (New York). A dear friend of the Maya Foundation In Laakeech and a really dedicated volunteer (ESL) English Teacher. She stay two weeks working full time in our job-related ESL volunteer program, then she said goodbye with a promise to return at least once a year.

She wrote: "I have been so happy here teaching that I want to continue my classes and get everyone to a place where they feel comfortable and confident in English, which will be easy with enough time as all my young adult Maya students are so smart and motivated."

 
Lahnee students enjoy chatting with her after classes to practice their newly learn English wordsName: Lahnee Thomas
Name:
Pablo Pavlovech
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ESL Teachers

Born in Australia, Lahnee came with her fiancé Pablo Pavlovech to volunteer as ESL teachers and support the Maya Foundation In Laakeech A.C. social volunteer programs during March 2009. They worked as ESL teachers and on various writing and photo shooting ideas which they plan to publish in various traveling magazines. They enjoy so much their volunteer experience and living at the Hacienda Chichen for a few weeks, that both return to help us again for an extra pair of weeks! now the couple is an active member duo within the MFIL permanent volunteer team! Thanks to both, our ESL teaching volunteer programs will have a greater impact in children's lives.

Their enthusiasm and good nature has won them many children's hearts and ours.  Read her own volunteer experience while teaching at Xcalacoop Elementary Public School during this 2009 Spring here.  She and Pablo will be returning this summer and fall to continue their volunteer and support.  Their ideas and experience has helped us developed a better volunteer brief information kit gear to answer frequently asked questions to people that may wish to volunteer sharing their skills and time in one of our Yucatan volunteering programs.  Pablo and Lahnee's volunteering time has contributed to the young Maya students education and future welfare. 

Following are a few of Pablo's wonderful photographs of their ESL volunteer teaching experience in Xcalacoop, Yucatan, Mexico:

MFIL Volunteer Pablo Pavlovech and his students at Xcalacoop Elementary School  A typical rural housing for poor Mayans in Yucatan, Mexico

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Enjoy a volunteering abroad experience in Yucatan, Mexico

A personal note from Maya Foundation In Laakeech's First Volunteer:

Foundation Maya In Laakeech"S ESL Teacher Volunteer ProgramName: Daniela Masaro
Volunteer Program:
English as a Second Language (ESL)

I was both honored and pleased to be the first Volunteer ESL Teacher with the Maya Foundation In Laakeech this past June at Hacienda Chichen. Upon arrival I was awed by the stunning beauty of the grounds and was happy to learn firsthand how well managed the land was by people who truly care for the environment.

My students, although shy at first, were very eager to learn. Not only were they a pleasure to teach but they helped me practice my Spanish and taught me a few Mayan words and phrases in return. The entire staff at Hacienda Chichen was extremely welcoming and kind and I was made to feel like part of a special extended family. Belisa was so delightful and funny and I can't help but smile and giggle to myself every time I think of her hilarious stories and contagious laughter. I was left with beautiful memories and stories of my own to share back home.

I am so grateful to Dona Beatriz and Dona Venancia for sharing their knowledge of Mayan medicine with me. Learning about the local medicinal plants and the traditional Mayan therapies from more than just books was such a gift and I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity. I was inspired and encouraged to continue my studies and to deepen and expand my own holistic training and practice.

I can't wait to return to my new family and friends and to learn about the exciting new developments the foundation is creating. Volunteering in Yucatan, Mexico with the Maya Foundation In Laakeech was a great way for me to share and learn about the Maya people as I taught ESL classes. I hope many more people will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and become a volunteer with the Maya Foundation In Laakeech which helps make a difference in the lives of so many, including my own.

Much love and many blessings to all !                                                          
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Daniela Masaro

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Since 2004, many green volunteering programs have been sponsored by the Maya Foundation In Laakeech (this Maya word is pronounce: "In lak'ech" meaning: we are one) Our civil volunteer team thanks the Hacienda Chichen Resort for its dedicated efforts to support the Maya communities welfare in the surrounding area of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.
 

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