Send Crystal Reyes to Volunteer in Mexico

Crystal Reyes Start Date: Jan 20, 2014 - End Date: Apr 1, 2014

My Travel Story

by: Crystal Reyes Start Date: Jan 20, 2014 - End Date: Apr 1, 2014
I'll be participating in a volunteer abroad program called Adelante Abroad. The two volunteer sectors I'm most interested in are Social & Economic Development and Social Work. During my stay I will be doing:

·        - Volunteer work for a non-profit organization in Oaxaca City whose focus is to teach the public about a variety of social issues apparent in Mexico, including animal rights and welfare, ecological responsibility, health, disability rights, human rights, education, children, and farming.

·        - Young women's dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops

·        - Civil association that promotes a woman's right to vote and equal participation in the government

·        - Organizing, publicizing and teaching workshops in communities to teach basic human rights

·        - most importantly I'll be learning the lifestyle/culture of my family first hand and meet my grandmother for the first time in person!

I hope that this experience will help me address the issue of low college enrollment rates amongst Mexican and Mexican Americans by exposing me to the lifestyle/issues Mexicans face back home. Traveling to Mexico has been my life dream and has been impossible because my parents didn't have the money or the immigration status to send me over.