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Integrated Community Development Mexico



We are a non-profit non-governmental organization registered in Mexico, with a charitable sister association in Canada. We assist rural people, particularly indigenous women, to attain better life opportunities, stronger cultural wellbeing, and greater self-sufficiency. In 1997, we were formed to counter this cycle of poverty and violence in Tla […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
12 months minimum, preferably 18 months

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes, 24 years of age or with two years of fulltime work experience. Couples may apply; however, each will be assigned responsibilities in different programs

US$225 per month for accommodation and food, living in our volunteer house in Cuernavaca, Morelos. If living elsewhere, volunteers are responsible for these expenses. Pick up at bus terminal in Cuernavaca.

Other information:
We have a 50% discount arrangement for volunteers with a good Spanish school in Cuernavaca - please request details. We have received 50+ fulltime volunteers since 1997 and our team is well-versed in orientation and ongoing support. Our integrated approach to community development programming has a steep learning curve. This placement is suitable for those people keen on working hard and learning more about program management and social change in a difficult setting. Our selection process has several steps, starting with receiving a CV and a letter of intention.


I´ll be back next year
"Due to the pandemic, three years passed before I crossed the Atlantic again to be back in Mexico, and this time I would only have two weeks to volunteer with Atzin. Throughout the pandemic I had communicated with the Atzin team and we were able to get approval and funding for a new pilot project called the Green Project. The two weeks were intense and filled with different tasks: taking part in the training of the “Green Team,” visiting village families that will participate in the project, and doing office and library work. Returning as a volunteer – no matter for how long – always means an open-arms-welcome both at the Atzin House in Cuernavaca and in the Atzin Centre in Tlamacazapa. This year, I got to know new faces and saw stronger self-confidence from formerly shy young women of the Atzin team. Atzin believes in the potential of so many young girls and women and I am grateful to be able to contribute to this long-term objective. Volunteering means new challenges on so many different levels - I´ll be back next year, and with more time to participate."- Jutta Klass
22 years with Atzin
"From volunteering as a water and sanitation engineer in 2000, to becoming a board member of Atzin Canada in 2021, Atzin has been a part of my life for over 22 years. I have remained active with Atzin for so many reasons, but if I had to put a finger on the fundamental reason, it would be this: All actions are thoughtfully and patiently woven together to create meaningful change that values human dignity. This coherence and integrity are, above all, what has held Atzin close to my heart."- Terri Charchuk

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