Nuestra Tierra is registered as a non-profit, non-governmental association, founded in 1998, dedicated to peace, international solidarity, cultural diversity and the protection and conservation of the environment.
The members of Nuestra Tierra promote actions of social and environmental character towards the national and international community, with the purpose of creating awareness about environmental issues in a global sense. At the same time it works towards sustainable development and a better quality of life on the local level.
Nuestra Tierra has participated in international youth exchange activities since 1996, supporting projects of local development and environmental protection, through groups of local and international volunteers.
The association is in constant search for the support of international and national associations and agencies, to expand the work areas, to intensify the support given to environmental and social projects and to reach more and more young people as well as adults with its message.
Even though our society very much welcomes foreigners and exchange activities, voluntary service is still not a very commonly known concept and we need to continue our struggle for the recognition of our work and role in society.
Our mission is to establish bases of participation, social cooperation, and education to help achieve peace, fair development, ensuring social equity and respect for nature, driving significant linkages between various social workers to take organized and coordinated participation solidarity, equitable and sustainable practices.
Our vision is to consolidate this decade as a space for the development of projects that contribute to the scope of our objectives, promoting citizen participation, especially of young people, within a framework of values in which prevails
fairness, respect, solidarity and cooperation, seeking to be an example of work organized to show that the reality is likely to change.
In partnership with our commitment to social development and cultural exchange, we seek to promote the prevention and control water pollution , air and soil protection of the environment and the preservation and restoration of ecological balance. We shall perform all the activities of research, dissemination, education, social and cultural among the population, to this end.
Marine turtles have played an important role in the economic development of some towns of the coast. However, their exploitation has placed them at the present time among species in danger of extinction.
Our Marine Turtle Conservation Project has already reflected significant results in the species. Since 1996, we have been working at our Tortuguero Camp at the mouth of Boca de Tomates y el Estero Boca Negra, in the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
We are pleased to have local, national and foreign volunteers who live in a rustic palapa on the beach, and are provided with lunch and sleeping spaces.
This project involves the development of nocturnal activities of patrols on the shore of the beach to make the collection of the eggs that are deposited by the turtles; transfer and management of the nests; preparation and care of pens for incubation of turtle nests; releases of offspring; writing technical reports of the information; receive and respond to school groups and people who generally attend releases and are given a talk about sea turtles; general care of the camp; and cleaning of the beach.
We offer training courses to our groups of volunteers so they can learn the techniques and the management of the nesting of sea turtles and their offspring.
Our Tortuguero Camp season is from June to January.
The actions for the protection of the Marine Turtle Project, was initiated in 1999 in the Velas Vallarta Hotel with technical advice from civil organizations. There is an area of approximately 2 kms from the beach of the Velas Vallarta Hotel to the mouth of the Ameca River. The turtles that arrive at these beaches can be 4 species, however the most common is Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys gouldi).
Our volunteer program helps and supports the development of projects in the local community, where young volunteers, national or foreigners, are registered to provide their time and service.
The protecting work consists of collecting natural nests, taking care of nests in the incubation corrals, taking care of the babies and freeing them to the ocean.
This is not easy work, as it requires night and day activities, even though there are shifts to avoid a 24 hour day. The volunteers take part in the night-long patrols around the beach, as well as in the protecting activities. The protecting work consists of collecting natural nests, taking care of nests in the incubation corrals, taking care of the babies and liberating them to the ocean, cleaning the nest and the protected area.
Accommodations at the camp on the beach are very rustic, having open areas for dining, sleeping (though you might sleep in a tent as well), and bathroom...they are outdoors. Everything is open and you need to be prepared for the rustic conditions. There are several tropical storms, a lot of mosquitos and very warm climate.
Nuestra Tierra is a non-governmental and a non-profit association. That is why we ask the volunteers for a contribution of $3,000 pesos (about $285 USD, or 230 euros) which will be used to fund the projects of our organization.
Requests to volunteers:
• To get to know the project - it is important that the volunteers understand all the aspects and conditions of the project. If you need additional information, please let us know so we can share the appropriate information with the volunteers.
• To be involved in the project in all aspects: activities, organization, daily tasks, etc.
• To bring material when requested for the project.
• It is important to pay attention to the language requirement of the project.
• To be able to get involved in the local conditions (accommodation, meals, people, volunteers).
• To be autonomous, independent and to take initiatives in all the activities.
• To adapt to the culture and different life condition and be ready to share their own culture.
Objectives of the volunteer service:
• To allow the reapprochement between the countries, through experiences in projects that show the social, cultural, ecological and socio-economic differences.
• To develop education for peace, through social, just, and sustainable development.
• To facilitate exchange and international cooperation.
• The personal and professional development of the volunteer.
Principles of voluntary service:
• Be a tool for social change.
• Experience deep life experiences.
• Be flexible and to motivate the solidarity.
• Work for an active social responsibility.
• Promote peace, respect, tolerance and fair development.
Types of volunteering:
• Short term (2 to 6 weeks working fields)
• Medium-term (2 to 5 months)
• Long term (6-9 months)
• Forums and seminars (8 to 14 days)
Conditions to be a volunteer:
• Be of legal age.
• Select a work project.
• Cover your costs of transportation.
• Be flexible and to motivate the solidarity.
• Adapt to new conditions and customs of life.
• Be responsible for your project and your role in this.
• Improve and share your personal and professional experience.
• Be ready to learn and develop.
• Provide administrative cost recovery fee on our land.
Benefits of being volunteer of Nuestra Tierra:
• Get to know another culture.
• An international experience.
• Talk, laugh and have fun.
For questions or more information about volunteering, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an ecological organization authorized to issue tax deductible receipts.
Each project has its specific requirements. These are economic or in-kind donations.
The following is a list of our most needed items:
• General food items
• Cleaning articles
• First aid supplies
• Cooking utensils
• Cleaning utensils
• Purified water
• Sleeping bags
• Waterproof items
• Mosquito nets
• Wooden poles
• Plastic tables and chairs
• Ice chests
• Laminated mesh for fences of 5 cm.
• Mesh plastic for nests of 0.5 cm.
• Storage containers
• Measuring tapes
• Empty sacks
• Coarse thread or yarn
• Cylinders of gas
• Latex gloves
• Office equipment
• Paper towels
• Blenders (normal or industrial)
• CD player
• Video and photo cameras
• Ink for printer
• Advertising for events
We need your support!
Any help will be welcome and greatly appreciated.
To make a donation or let us know any questions or suggestions, please get in touch with Nuestra Tierra HERE.
Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 307
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