Location: Merida • Cost: $2550 • Age: 16-19 • Airport: ATL

Video Creator: AirNebs


OVERVIEW

Mexico is a beautiful country with vibrant landscapes of mountains, deserts, and beaches between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula provides a warm climate, with tropical rainy and dry seasons. You will love the Mexican people as you get to rub shoulders with them on the worksite and evening events! The ancient Mayan culture is evident in the ruins that dot the country. Your group will be staying in Merida, the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. 

 


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

About 42% of Mexico's population lives below the national poverty line. Malnutrition, housing insecurity, and access to education remain contributing factors to poverty in Mexico. Those living in the most extreme poverty generally live in areas where there are limited resources available to them. Additionally, school dropout rates are much worse in rural communities. 

Currently, about 8.5 million residents of Mexico live on less than $2 a day, roughly 7% of the population. At least 10% of Mexican residents experience food insecurity. 


 

PROJECT REVIEW

In the summer of 2019, HEFY Builders constructed classrooms for a rural community school. Before HEFY’s project, a woman working as a cleaner at the local school was unable to enroll her own child in the school because there simply was not enough room. She had to travel for 40 minutes to take her child to another school, which was a big sacrifice on her meager income. Now that HEFY added on classrooms to the community school, this woman has the opportunity to attend their local school, and she and her family are overjoyed by the service HEFY rendered. 

The work of the HEFY Builders has a lasting impact on the community and on individual families they interact with.


SIGHTSEEING

The journey begins as you enter into a page right out of National Geographic by swimming in underwater rivers and cenotes...or massive beautiful pits only found in the Yucatan at this magnitude and splendor. You’ll scale hills and valleys to see natural caverns and grottos, then voyage off land to sail the Caribbean and snorkel with hundreds of vibrantly colored fish. Just when you think it can’t get better, you’ll zip-line through the jungle canopy, walk back in time as you climb the steps of the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum.

 

 


TEMPLE

On your trip, you’ll visit the Merida Mexico temple. Nestled in the heart of the bustling streets of Merida, this temple is a beacon of light, hope, and peace to a large surrounding area. Since the temple’s dedication in 2000, it has been the primary temple for much of Southern Mexico and Belize.

 

 


YUCATAN PENINSULA FACTS

Yucatan is known for its white sand beaches with deep blue waters and cenotes.

Although the majority of Mexicans speak Spanish, there are 68 indigenous languages spoken by 6 million citizens. 

It is a part of one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.

Mexico has a tropical savanna climate, meaning it is dry in the low-sun months and wet in the high-sun months. There is no cold season and its annual temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

Economic growth while maintaining its diversity is a challenge for Mexico. The country struggles to provide basic services, especially in rural areas. 

 

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment 

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