Volunteer with Fundación En Vía

Fundación En Vía

Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico that is committed to supporting social and community development through the combination of three main programs: microfinance, responsible tourism, and education.

We support the growth and creation of income-generating businesses, and encourage personal development through participatory programs that promote the empowerment of women, the wellbeing of their families, and the strengthening of community.

Our interest-free microloan program gives women the opportunity to create or expand small businesses, empowering them to better provide for themselves and their families. Our educational programs impart women with the tools they need to make better decisions regarding their businesses, personal finances, and use of loans. Our tourism model allows us to leverage the resources from tourism and direct them sustainably into communities, while connecting people to the ideas, strength and power of women working hard to improve their future.

Microfinance can be a powerful tool that supports families and individuals as they work hard to improve their well-being. However, microfinance alone is not a solution. It is one of many tools needed to grow a business, improve living conditions and health, and build confidence. We focus on providing community members with relevant participatory educational programs that will support their overall well-being.

Our Activities

What We Need

*VOLUNTEER ENGLISH TEACHERS*: We teach in Teotitlán del Valle and Tlacochahuaya, two communities outside of Oaxaca city. In Teotitlán del Valle, our classes are 4-6 in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In Tlacochahuaya, we offer classes from 4-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each volunteer's class generally ranges from 2 to 10 students. The majority of our students are children (ages 6 to 16) but we also have a small group of adult learners. We accept volunteers without formalized teaching experience as long as they have an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn new skills.

*MICROFINANCE TOUR GUIDES*: Tour guides are the face of the organization to En Vía tour participants and help connect travelers with women applying for interest-free loans. They are responsible for introducing tour participants to the ideas of microfinance, our program and model, the Oaxacan communities we work with, and the women in our program. They facilitate an important exchange between women and travelers visiting Oaxaca. Tours are a crucial part of our work and provide the funding for our programs.
Two guides lead each tour. These guides are both responsible for leading excellent tours and sharing the work En Vía and the women do with tour participants. One tour guide will present our organization through an orientation given at the start of the tour, and the other guide will translate the conversations with the women.
Major Responsibilities of TOUR PRESENTER:
- Ensure excellent tour operations by running tours of 4-12 travelers, preparing materials, debriefing and soliciting feedback from tour participants, and incorporating feedback to improve tours.
- Build relationships with women borrowers, and make sure there is a positive and respectful dynamic within the group
- Build relationships with tour participants to cultivate an active alumni and donor base

Major Responsibilities of TOUR TRANSLATOR:
- Translate the presentations of the women borrowers to travelers and help lead groups of 4-12 participants.
- Ensure excellent tour operations by running tours, preparing materials, debriefing and soliciting feedback from tour participants, and incorporating feedback to improve tours.
- Build relationships with women borrowers and their family members or business partners, making sure there is a positive and respectful dynamic within the group
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required to be a tour translator

Our English program runs year-round and so we are always recruiting for volunteer teachers, please contact us at any time for more information.

Summer 2017 is set to be busy: we are recruiting for mid-June, July, August, September. Contact volunteer@envia.org for more information.
Minimum 2 days/week, for 4 weeks or more.

What We Provide

We are able to offer a discount on Spanish classes at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

Up to 5 people


There is no cost to volunteer with Fundación En Vía, however we ask volunteers to secure their own housing and pay for transport to and from the communities where we teach, usually 20-30 pesos round trip.

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Your Contact Person

Mariana Wheelock
Av. Benito Juárez 909, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juarez, OAX, Oaxaca, Mexico.
75% response rate

Application Process

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to englishcoordinator@envia.org .

Other Information

For Comms Intern and Volunteer Tour Guide positions, please contact marianna@envia.org
For volunteer English teachers, please contact englishcoordinator@envia.org

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We at Fundación En Vía would love to hear from you!