Volunteer in Mexico!

Spend a month in Jonotla, Mexico volunteering at the Himalayan Institute’s community center while learning about sustainable agriculture. The Sustainable Farming Apprenticeship includes hands-on labor on the HI demonstration farm, such as terrace building, advanced composting, companion planting, and water management systems. Your work will provide direct assistance to HI Mexico in fulfilling its mission to serve as a training facility, demonstration farm and community center for local farmers. The self-transformation component and HI Mexico’s residential setting make this a unique volunteer opportunity in the beautiful Sierra Norte mountains of Mexico.

This could be you!

Community life in a big orange house with other participants. Our local staff members Ariszandy and Geovanni invite you to join in the fun!

Hike to the lookout point for a bird’s eye view of Jonotla.

Hands-on work puts the theoretical concepts of sustainability into action.

Savor the satisfaction of fresh-squeezed limeade and enchiladas from scratch after a long day on the farm.

Make new friends. Learn Spanish. Exchange cultural experiences (like this impromptu English class with neighborhood kids).

Take day trips to nearby cultural and environmental attractions.

For more information and registration, visit our website. View the daily schedule and FAQ page to get excited! Space is limited to 10 participants, so register soon!  Additional questions can be directed to John Daskovsky or Amanda Masters, program coordinators, at (570)253-5551 x3339.

Join Us in Mexico!

Join us…

for this exciting opportunity to explore remote regions of Mexico and visit our community center in Jonotla, Mexico. Space is very limited. To learn more, call us at 800-822-4547 (press 4) or click here.

You can also join our humanitarian staff for a 28-day Sustainable Farming Apprenticeship in Mexico!

An Interview with John and Amanda

John Daskovsky and Amanda Masters have been working on the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects since 2007. Watch this video to learn more about their recent adventures in Mexico and how you can be a part of it all!

This summer there are two exciting ways to get involved in the Himalayan Institute’s work in Mexico:

Eco-Service Excursion to Cameroon

In November 2010, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait led a group of 25 participants on a journey through Cameroon, West Africa to the Himalayan Institute’s community center in Kumbo. From the moment participants hit the road in a bus to travel from Douala to Kumbo, they were immersed in a truly authentic Cameroonian experience: Like so many African countries, Cameroon suffers from poor infrastructure which makes travel, as one participant put it, “a test of will and endurance.” Heavy rains had carved out huge pot holes in the dirt roads and cars frequently got stuck in the slippery clay soil. As participants experienced these challenges firsthand, they began to get a sense for why the Institute’s work is so important in this region.

The group enjoys a hike to a nearby waterfall.

Upon arriving in Kumbo, guests were warmly greeted with singing, dancing and traditional music from HI Cameroon staff and community members. Guests stayed at the Pastoral Center, which has a beautiful view overlooking the town. Throughout the trip, Panditji spoke regularly with the group about Spirituality in Action—the importance of service for both personal and global transformation. Putting these discussions into practice, the group took part in the community center’s various programs. With the Sacred Link Jewelry program, participants worked with local staff to create handmade jewelry; with the School of Carpentry & Construction, the group helped to build furniture and made use of the new wood drying kiln; at the Total Health Center, participants harvested, crushed, and encapsulated herbs grown locally for use in our dispensaries; they planted trees with the School of Energy Farming; and at the Kumbo Public Library, participants read with local children and played educational games in the Children’s Corner.

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Through this hands-on work, the group got to experience the impact that the Himalayan Institute is having in Cameroon. One participant said, “I had previously gone to Africa to provide humanitarian service and I could not imagine how any program could be sustainable there.” After attending, she writes, “I was impressed with the willingness to teach and share knowledge and resources with the people of Cameroon, allowing them to empower themselves…. HI is working with the existing culture to empower people.”

It is one thing to understand what a project is doing, but it is even more meaningful to actually meet the people whose lives are touched by this work. This aspect of the trip had a profound effect on participants who left feeling inspired and energized to continue their service to humanity.

If you are interested in participating in an excursion with the Himalayan Institute, please join us this summer as Pandit Rajmani Tigunait leads a group of 21 people through Mexico. Click here to learn more about the upcoming excursion to Mexico.