Volunteer with Play360 in July 2017 in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Want to join this trip? Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form!
Join Play360 for an exciting, immersive volunteer opportunity this summer in Chiapas, Mexico. Experience Southern Mexico’s people and culture in a meaningful way as our team works with the local community to build a school playground. Volunteers play an essential role in furthering Play360’s mission of training organizations to build low-cost, sustainable playgrounds in order to improve education in the developing world. These unique playgrounds designed by Play360 are colorful, dynamic, and interactive, and provide opportunities for:
- students to learn essential social skills like cooperation and innovation;
- teachers to expand and enliven classroom curriculum with accompanying lesson ideas;
- parents and community members to become empowered and involved with their children’s school.
A unique experience to step away from the comfort of everyday life, volunteers will broaden their perspective, experience a different culture, and be of service in a meaningful way. Volunteers contribute skills and talents to help create positive, tangible change in an impoverished community. As an active participant in this team experience, volunteers will learn and reflect with the group on the experience’s challenges and rewards. Volunteers service in Mexico will be a transformative experience that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
This volunteer opportunity will run Friday to Friday, from July 28 through August 4. The trip will focus on a Junior High (Middle School) project where we will be training a group of 10-15 regional teachers to get creative about engaging these older students in play and safe hangout spaces. Project pieces will be geared toward kids in the 11-13 age range and will include fewer but larger pieces to play on than our standard playground (i.e. large tire mountain for climbing). Additionally, social spaces will be created (tables and benches). 10-15 elementary teacher will also attend and they will participate in additional training sessions specific to elementary playground design, construction, and curriculum. All playground pieces are built alongside community members and parents using locally sourced and repurposed materials including used tires and logs. Volunteers will have the opportunity to fully engage in the design and building process alongside Play360 team member as well as help lead teacher trainings to guide educators on best practices for incorporating elements of the playground into their curricula. Play360 welcomes and encourages your new and creative ideas in this process.
You journey begins at home with fundraising efforts before you travel to Mexico, and continues after the program ends as we hope you will share the story of your experiences with your communities. Each volunteer on a Play360 service learning program is responsible for paying the program fee ($850 for the Chiapas programmed week, arriving Friday, July 28 and departing Friday, August 4) which covers accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, and basic excursions. This fee does not cover international airfare, passports, visas, or personal purchases; participants are responsible for these costs. Additionally, we ask that each volunteer set a personal fundraising goal ($1000 is average, but there is no minimum or maximum for participation). This important contribution helps cover the costs of building the Chiapas playground, as well as paying it forward to help other communities to build or maintain more playgrounds. Play360 will support your fundraising efforts by sharing a list of proven ideas, providing marketing materials, establishing a fundraising portal for you, and engaging in one-on-one brainstorming if you are interested.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or submit a Volunteer Interest Form.