Volunteer in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas with the San Cristóbal Language School. Chiapas is one of the poorest states in Mexico, and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the local community and make a real difference in the lives of those who need the help.
Giving back to the community is one of the principles upon which the San Cristóbal Language School was founded. Almost 40 million Mexicans live below what the United Nations has defined as the poverty line. With limited access to health care, educational opportunities and good jobs, Chiapas's poor—like those elsewhere in Mexico—live without the hope of a better future.
At the San Cristóbal Language School we give back to the community in two ways: firstly, by donating our time and facilities; and secondly, by coordinating volunteer opportunities for our students with local non-profit organizations (NGOs). We offer free English classes at our school to underprivileged children. We also offer our facilities free of charge for events and gatherings sponsored by local NGOs.
The San Cristóbal Language School maintains a list of local NGOs and contact information for students interested in exploring the volunteering opportunities offered by them. SCLS stands ready to help its students arrange interviews with local NGOs. Please note that the San Cristóbal Language School will make the arrangement for volunteer opportunities free of charge to people who are taking 4 or more weeks of Spanish class. If a student who is enrolled in less than 4 weeks of Spanish class wishes to volunteer, there is a $50.00 fee to cover the costs of making the arrangements.
If you find a charity that is not on our list, contact us with the organization’s information and we will work with you to make needed arrangements.