Fundación En Vía

We provide women in Oaxaca with the tools they need to improve their livelihoods.

Oaxaca, Mexico, Central America

Our mission is to promote the empowerment of women, the wellbeing of their families, and the strengthening of communities by providing participatory programs that encourage the growth of income-generating businesses and personal development.


Volunteering Activities

Administration
Fundraising
General
Microfinancing
Social Work
Teaching
Women Empowerment

What We Need

ENGLISH TEACHER:
You will have the possibility to plan interactive lesson for kids and adults and help us evaluate the progress of each student. We currently teach in 2 communities within the Tlacolula Valley: Teotitlán del Valle and Tlacochahuaya. In Teotitlán del Valle, we teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays with two sessions, 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. and in Tlacochahuaya our classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays with two sessions, 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

- Days/hours: 2 or 4 days a weeks (2 hours per day + extra time travelling in public transportation).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English (oral and written).
- Minimum commitment: 2 months (with possibility of 1 month). We prefer long-term volunteers.

COMMUNITY TEACHER:
You will be working directly with our women out in their communities providing tools they can use in their daily life for both personal and professional growth while creating meaningful relationships with them. We currently teach our Introductory Entrepreneurship Courses to women in the following communities within the Tlacolula Valley: Santa María Guelacé, San Sebastián Abasolo, San Juan Guelavía, Teotitlán del Valle, San Marcos Tlapazola and San Miguel del Valle.

- Days/hours: Monday to Friday (4 or 6 hours per day + extra time travelling in public transportation).
- Language requirements: Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
- Minimum commitment: 3 months (or longer).

TRANSLATION TOUR GUIDE:
Tour Guides are the face of the organization to our tour participants, and help connect travelers with women who are receiving interest-free loans. They are responsible for introducing tour participants to the ideas of Microfinance, our program and model, the communities we work with and the women in our program.
The Translator Guide interprets the conversations with the women.

- Days/hours: 2-6 tours per month - Thursday and Saturday (7 hours per day).
- Language requirements: Fluent in Spanish and English.
-Minimum commitment: 3 months (or longer).

ORIENTATION TOUR GUIDE:
Tour Guides are the face of the organization to our tour participants, and help connect travelers with women who are receiving interest-free loans. They are responsible for introducing tour participants to the ideas of Microfinance, our program and model, the communities we work with, and the women in our program.
The Orientation Guide presents our organization through an orientation given at the start of the tour.

- Days/hours: 2-6 tours per month - Thursday and Saturday (7 hours per day).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English.
-Minimum commitment: 3 months (or longer).

PHOTOGRAPHER:
Photographers will play a crucial role in documenting the progress and development of women in our program, as well as putting together a visual record of the organization’s activities. Photographers will participate in a step of the loan process and will be responsible for visiting the women to take a photo of their loan purchases. This step in the loan process ensures that women invest their interest-free loans in their businesses.

- Days/hours: 2-3 days per week (3 hours per day + extra time travelling in public transportation).
-Language requirements: Intermediate/advanced Spanish.
Minimum commitment: 2-3 months (or longer).

INTERNSHIPS

ENGLISH PROGRAM - OFFICE INTERN:
The English Program - Office Intern has a diverse range of responsibilities. You will be trusted with general office duties including, but not limited to, research, data entry, marketing and general coordination. Furthermore you’ll give your support in the student and volunteer recruitment & training as well as monitor the debrief & exit meetings. Your role will also include assistance in coordinating the monthly class roster and generating the monthly numbers.

- Days/hours: Monday to Friday (9:30 am to 2:30 pm).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English (oral and written). Basic/intermediate Spanish.
-Minimum commitment: 3-6 months (or longer).

ENGLISH PROGRAM - COMMUNITY INTERN:
The English Program - Community Intern plays a main role for En Vía's English Program. You’ll be going into the communities where we teach to supervise our ongoing English classes and support our volunteer teachers & their students. Furthermore you will assist in new volunteer trainings, debrief & exit meetings and serve as an English teacher substitute when needed.
You’ll also help plan interactive lessons for kids and adults and evaluate the progress of each student.

- Days/hours: Monday to Thursday (1:30 pm to 7:00 pm).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English (oral and written). Intermediate/advanced Spanish.
-Minimum commitment: 3-6 months (or longer).

COMMUNITY TEACHER INTERN:
You will be working directly with our women out in their communities providing tools they can use in their daily life for both personal and professional growth while creating meaningful relationships with them. We currently teach our Introductory Entrepreneurship Courses to women in the following communities within the Tlacolula Valley: Santa María Guelacé, San Sebastián Abasolo, San Juan Guelavía, Teotitlán del Valle, San Marcos Tlapazola and San Miguel del Valle.

- Days/hours: Monday to Friday (6 hours per day + extra time travelling in public transportation).
- Language requirements: Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
- Minimum commitment: 3 months (or longer).

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM INTERN:
The Responsible Tourism Intern aids the Responsible Tourism Coordinator in communicating with interested visitors about our programs and tours, managing tour reservations (responding to all tour inquiries, taking tour payments), promoting tours, managing tour financials and assisting with sales of merchandise. You will also work as a tour guide with En Vía and can become part of En Vía's loan collection team (depending on Spanish level).

- Days/hours: Monday to Friday (9:30 am to 1:30 pm + some afternoons).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English and Spanish (oral and written).
- Minimum commitment: 4-6 months (or longer).

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN:
The Communications Intern is instrumental in reporting and analyzing all aspects of communications, developing communications strategies, managing online tools (social media posts, website, blog content) and creating/distributing other promotional materials for our program. You will also work as a tour guide with En Vía and can become part of En Vía's loan collection team (depending on Spanish level).

- Days/hours: Monday to Friday (30-35 hours).
- Language requirements: Fluent in English. Basic/intermediate Spanish.
- Minimum commitment: 4-6 months (or longer).


When & Who

ENGLISH TEACHER: All year-round! So we are always recruiting for volunteers, please contact us at any time for more information.

COMMUNITY TEACHER: All year-round! So we are always recruiting for volunteers, please contact us at any time for more information.

TOUR GUIDES (TRANSLATION AND ORIENTATION): All year-round! So we are always recruiting for volunteers, please contact us at any time for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHER: All year-round! So we are always recruiting for volunteers, please contact us at any time for more information.

INTERNSHIPS

ENGLISH PROGRAM - OFFICE INTERN: Currently available! Please contact us at any time for more information.

ENGLISH PROGRAM - COMMUNITY INTERN: Currently available! Please contact us at any time for more information.

COMMUNITY TEACHER INTERN: Currently available! Please contact us at any time for more information.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM INTERN: Available on January 2020. Please contact us at any time for more information.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN: Available on November 2019. Please contact us at any time for more information.
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Our Fees

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There are NO FEES associated with working with En Via - volunteers are only responsible for covering their own costs. Average daily cost depends on a volunteer's lifestyle preferences, but one could comfortably live in Oaxaca for about $15-20 USD/day. This can be reduced by items like cooking at home, shared housing, etc. Volunteers will be responsible for the costs of transportation to the work site and/or the communities that we work in (as required, depending on position). Round trip cost to communities ranges from $40-80 MXN pesos (about $2.00-$4.00 USD). Amount of travel depends on position.


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Contact Person

Volunteer Coordinator
Av. Benito Juárez 909, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juarez, OAX, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people
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We work toward this mission through three main programs: Microfinance, Education and Responsible Tourism.

Our Microfinance Program gives women the opportunity to create or expand small businesses, empowering them to better provide for themselves and their families. Our Education Program imparts the knowledge the women need to make better decisions regarding their businesses, the loan money they receive, and their personal finances. Our Responsible Tourism Program allows us to leverage resources from tourism and direct them in a sustainable manner into the communities that we work in.

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