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entreAmigos San Francisco

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

entreAmigos began with a very simple idea, to teach what you know and ask others to do the same.

In January of 2006, Nicole Swedlow began teaching arts and crafts on her old kitchen table in the street in front of a little storefront that she had rented. The idea was to invite local artists to sell their crafts in the store and in turn, for a reduced commission rate on sales, they would be asked to teach an art class to children or adults in the community.

The store sat empty and things moved slowly until a cash gift of a friend, John Arner, helped buy inventory to make the store look more like a store and "the project" began to attract visitors, artists and more interest.

In the summer of 2006, entreamigos had two breakthrough events with the start of the Summer Workshops and their first Planta San Pancho reforestation day.

In 2007, Indira Santos and Plantate Baronio joined entreamigos and together they expanded the upstairs of their storefront to create a small library.

The Recycling program and the Recicla Parque initiatives took off, the Scholarship program was launched and by the end of 2008, it was clear that the activities of entreAmigos could no longer be contained in the small space or the street.

Today entreAmigos enjoys the use of a spectacular facility as a platform to continue the work that they started. To teach what we know and invite others to join us.

The entreamigos Centro Comunitario Educativo is a 16,000 square foot educational facility located on Avenida Tercer Mundo, a few hundred meters after entering into San Pancho.

EntreAmigos is truly a wonder of sustainable design and a great place to visit for anyone! Please join us for a class, workshop, concert or lecture or just stop in and take a look around.

Educational Opportunities at entreAmigos

Entreamigos is a cultural and community bridge providing educational opportunities for the children and families of San Pancho - empowering their intellectual potential, creativity and self awareness.

We share a vision of community where history and culture are valued, that embraces the environment and empowers its children, where diversity means opportunity and education is the flagpole of the future.


The entreamigos Library offers a high quality bilingual collection of more than 5,000 titles. Books are available for loan with your free library card.

The library provides additional support and services such as computer and internet access, after school homework help, reading circles, computer classes, art and other classes as well as school and group tours. Please see below for hours and services. A current schedule of classes can be found on the Library calendar.

Classes and Workshops

At entreamigos we believe that creativity is a critical life skill that is often overlooked in modern education. We strive to offer a variety of classes and workshops to broaden the skills and creative depth of our community. Even in the construction of our facility, creative expression is a standard element in all entreamigos projects and programs.

Entreamigos offers 100's of classes and workshops each year. The selection of classes varies widely and depends on volunteer instructors’ skills and interests. Our Summer Workshop series brings 100's of children together with volunteers from all over the world in a 4 week learning extravaganza.

Sports Center

The entreamigos sports facility is a very busy multi-use space. It has a concrete floor covered with a soft Tatami mat, making it the perfect space for dance, gymnastics, karate and similar activities.

A variety of afternoon classes are given by entreamigos workshop leaders. These classes are for children and are offered free of charge. A current schedule of classes can be found on the Sports Center calendar.

entreAmigos and the Environment

Recicla San Pancho has been focusing on finding innovative local uses for recycled products. This has spawned a series of small business enterprises for local residents. Beautiful glasses are being made from recycled wine bottles, as well as candles, goblets and others.

Women make belts and bracelets from soda can tabs, purses, picture frames and collage art from magazines, jewelry boxes from newspaper and orange peels and many other amazing products from items that were previously disregarded as trash.

Eco-Design Center

The Imaginarte Eco-Design Center is a collection of creativity workshops dedicated to finding innovative new uses for recycled products. The workshops employ local residents who work under the direction of one or several product designers. The spectacular products are sold in the Imaginarte Gallery Store and distributed in boutiques throughout the region.

The Eco-Design Center welcomes visiting artists to help us design and create new products.

Recicla San Pancho

Recicla San Pancho is a community recycling initiative funded and managed in a cooperative agreement between the organizations entreamigos and Alianza Jaguar A.C. in San Pancho. Recicla San Pancho began in 2008 with a grant from the Mexican Federal Environmental Agency, SEMARNAT and has grown to be one of the most recognized and productive community recycling centers on the western coast of Mexico.

Childrens' Playgrounds from Recycled Materials

The Recicla Parque concept is unique because it is a playspace built almost entirely from recycled materials in a ONE DAY community build event.  Glass bottles, Plastic bottles, drainage pipes, old fencing, tires, broken boats, fishing nets, bank posts, compressed earth, shopping carts, old signs and broken tiles are gathered together and given new life in the form of a safe, beautiful playgrounds for children.

Recicla Parques can be found at the elementary school in San Pancho, the kindergarten and elementary in Corral de Risco and the elementary and jr. high in Punta de Mita.

Community Garden

The Community Garden at entreamigos was created in 2011 under the expert guidance of Lawrence Hershmann and Poki Piotin. The community gardens are a series of beautiful organic gardens built and maintained by residents of san pancho and visitors from other areas.

Shopping at entreAmigos Community Center

Two very different concepts that serve one same purpose, funding Entreamigos projects and activities. Either you buy a lovely set of recycled glasses or bring an extra suitcase filled with stuff you don’t use anymore, you will help support our ongoing activities.

Imaginarte Gallery and Store

The Imaginarte Gallery and Store showcases the outstanding work of San Pancho artisans, organic locally made food products and an impressive collection of handmade and one-of-a-kind gift items made in the Imaginarte Eco-Design workshops.

Gallery artists contribute time teaching and sharing their skills with children and adults in San Pancho as part of their responsibility and continued commitment to creating a sustainable artistically diverse community.

All proceeds from the Imaginaarte Gallery and Store are used to further support entreamigos educational and recycling programs. Purchasing your mexico souvenirs and gifts for friends and family is a tremendous way to support the continuing work of entreamigos.

Recicla Shop

Recicla Shop is the entreamigos version of a "community thrift store" and like any thrift store you can find great deals on new and used clothes, housewares, one-of-a-kind items and fun jewelry.

If you are visiting San Pancho it is the perfect place to pick up an extra pair of flip flops or the bathing suit you forgot to pack. If you are a resident of San Pancho, its a one-stop shop for high quality brand name clothes that you can’t find anywhere else in Mexico.

Community Currency or "Panchos"

Here at entreamigos, "panchos" is the name for our complementary currency. They are basically small certificates that have values attached to them. 10 panchos, 20 panchos, 50 panchos and so on and at entreamigos and with many of our friends, partners and community members, "panchos" can be used just like pesos or dollars.

Panchos enable entreamigos to support and reward the people who are making a difference in this community. It is an intentional method to create an easy form of exchange among community members and to fill a gap in service needs and the ability to afford them. Panchos are fun and every time you earn one or spend one you will be supporting this community!

Volunteering at entreAmigos San Francisco

Volunteers are the reason that entreamigos is able to do so much with so little funding. We LOVE our volunteers and depend on them for most projects and programs. Please consider volunteering, there are many fun projects and it is always a great way to meet people and feel part of the community. You might learn a bit of spanish too!

Check out what volunteer opportunities are currently open here. If you would like to become a volunteer please contact

Artist and Student Exchange

Entreamigos offers many opportunities for artists or students to learn more about the San Pancho community and Mexican culture.

The experience of working in a dynamic, fast paced volunteer organization gives the student the opportunity to explore many themes at once and builds a strong basis for future careers in education, business, social service, environmental protection, tourism and public relations.

For more information please contact

How You Can Help entreAmigos San Francisco

You can support the important work of entreamigos in many ways. We need volunteers and teachers, we need goods for our recicla shop and we always need real pesos and dollars to support our staff, our scholarships and to buy materials for our library.

Click the button above to make a donation to entreAmigos San Francisco Paypal account.

All of the entreamigos projects and programs including the library, scholarships, community events and construction projects are supported entirely by private donations. EntreAmigos is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.  Your donations are tax deductible in the United States.

Please consider making a donation to entreamigos.

If by check, please make payable to entreAmigos and send to the following address:

P.O. Box 3231
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

You can make a cash deposit at Lloyds to account 238143-2 and we will provide you with a receipt, or please stop by the entreamigos reception desk or Imaginarte Gallery Store.

We ALWAYS need...

School Supplies – glue, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors… and pretty much anything that they sell in the “Back to School” aisle.

Backpacks – for scholarship kids

Art Materials - for child and adult workshops. We especially need sharpies (all colors), mod podge, art pens, good quality paper, beads and fun easy stuff for elementary school teachers to use in their classrooms.

Food Donations – for hungry families

Medical Supplies donations – for the Hospital

Tables and Chairs – for classes at entreamigos and events

Digital Cameras – used ones with all their chargers and attachments

Video Projector – for movie nights and special events

Tools – for all of our construction projects and maintenance

Cement, Block, Wood, Electrical etc – the elementary school has many building needs, they have labor but are short on materials. The recicla parque project can make great use of your extra stuff!

Ceiling Fans – many san pancho classrooms still need fans and when ours are taken care of, there are needs in other nearby communities.

ETC -  we will take and distribute your extras.  There are families, organizations and other communities with serious problems satisfying basic needs of clothing, shelter and food.

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 117

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Entreamigos San Francisco Welcome Back Party 2019


This fun cocktail event is a great way to catch up with everyone in town, while supporting the Entreamigos library and the annual donation fund for new book purchases.

Eight Good Reasons to Visit Riviera Nayarit This Summer

Riviera Nayarit CVB

Every year this destination attracts more than 2 million travelers from all over the world, from families to backpackers, luxury travelers, and business travelers.

March Events That Are Worth a Trip to the Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit CVB

March came in like a lion to the Riviera Nayarit! The calendar is chock full of cultural, culinary, and sports activities, not to mention social gatherings perfect for locals as well as tourists and residents.

LeFunk to Perform at Gala for EntreAmigos in San Pancho


EntreAmigos only has ONE major fundraiser every year and we are so grateful to be able to host you at this beautiful venue and with the most amazing band that we have ever had.

EntreAmigo's Welcome Back Party 2018 Library Fundraiser


We wanted to share this invitation for a special event in support of the library at EntreAmigos and the annual donation fund for new book purchases!

Love Kids? Love the Circus? Fun Volunteer Opportunities at Circo de Los Ninos

Circo de Los Ninos

We are seeking volunteers interested in participating in activities with children and adolescents during the cycle from October to December, 2018.

Pee Wee Surfing League Returns to the Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Burea

The Pee Wee Surfing League is back with six tournaments to be held in three of the Riviera Nayarit’s beaches. They will take place from June 23 through October 14, 2018 and are a springboard for future surfing champions from the region.

Nicole Swedlow Hands Over the Leadership Reins of EntreAmigos


The new leaders of EntreAmigos are capable, prepared and represent the evolving multicultural community that we live in.

Summer Workshops at EntreAmigos in San Pancho


As they do every year, EntreAmigos A.C. in San Pancho has put together a variety of art, sports, educational, science and community development workshops created and shared by volunteers from around the world.

Top 10 Summer Camps in The Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Families usually look for summer camps for their kids where they can brush up on their sporting, artistic and social skills, so we’ve put together a list of ten excellent options for children and teens.

Children Learn Tricks of the Trade at San Pancho’s Circo de los Ninos School

Thomson Reuters Foundation

With their gravity-defying trampoline flips, graceful acrobatics, juggling and tightrope walking, the children in San Francisco’s circus school are bringing a touch of Cirque du Soleil magic to this bohemian Pacific beach town.

A Touch of Cirque du Soleil at Children's Circus in San Pancho

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Wearing an ethereal illuminated dress and carried on a litter as fairy queen Titania, Juliana Palomares Rodríguez - like many of the 150 children in the Circo de los Niños school - has set her heart on joining the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Charity Bingo, Dinner Theater, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

Circus of the Children Annual Fundraising Show in San Pancho

Circo de Los Ninos

All proceeds of this event will support the ongoing youth programs of Circo de Los Ninos de San Pancho. Thank you for helping to sustain our programs.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Charity Bingo, TED Talks, Mardi Gras Parade, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

EntreAmigos Celebrates 11th Anniversary with HUGE San Pancho Community Fair


The theme of this year's Ninth Festival de Arte Infantil es "Descubre la Feria Ambiental" is because of our commitment and search for creating and augmenting awareness about the importance of taking care of our environment.

First Phase of New Community Center in Punta de Mita

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

This new space in the Riviera Nayarit was opened to encourage community development through art, culture and education.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Charity Bingo, TED Talks, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

EntreAmigos Gala Fundraiser Dinner at Polo Lounge


We will be celebrating the history and future of EntreAmigos while discovering the tastes of tequilas of Mexico in the spectacular setting of the Polo Lounge at La Patrona Polo Club.

Carnival Cruise Shore Excursion in Puerto Vallarta 'Give Back with Purpose'


When your Carnival Cruise of the Mexican Riviera docks in Puerto Vallarta, you are invited to book the "Give Back with Purpose" Community Tour.

Punta de Mita Foundation Launches Auction to Fund New Community Center

Riviera Nayarit CVB

The Riviera Nayarit will have a new Community Center to help promote art, culture and community development, with the citizens of Punta de Mita and the vicinity as both the main protagonists and the beneficiaries.

San Pancho and Turtle News from Costa Verde Ecological Group

Ecological Group of Costa Verde

By the end of November we recorded over 628 nests. 554 were placed in the box nursery, 44 nests were left on the beach and 32 nests were taken by poachers. By the end of November we released over 35,978 hatchlings at a survival rate of 87.2%.

San Pancho and Turtle News from Costa Verde Ecological Group

Ecological Group of Costa Verde

Despite our nest collection being cut in half compared to the average over the last five years, we were able to record over 582 nests by the end of October.

Top North American Bloggers Get to Know the Wonders of Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit CVB

The group was made up of 11 people who write for six blogs that specialize mainly in adventure-, nature- and family-oriented tourism and are ranked among the best on the planet.

San Blas Events for 2016 National Conservation Week

Riviera Nayarit CVB

There will be plenty of sports, cultural and environmental activities to encourage a new way of appreciating and protecting the Riviera Nayarit’s environment.

Authentic Culture at 'San Pancho Days' Festival on the Riviera Nayarit

Vallarta Nayarit Blog

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Riviera culture, head to the charming streets of Mexico’s own San Francisco, as our friendly neighbor village celebrates its namesake – Saint Francis of Assisi – during “San Pancho Days,” Sept 25th-Oct 4th.

Remembering Landon Hollander: 'Improving Quality of Life in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle' - and Beyond

Amigos de La Cruz

Nothing feels ‘right’ and there are no correct words when we lose a friend. A part of our tight community has passed away and we are mourning. Landon Hollander promoted La Cruz de Huanacaxtle every chance he could.

Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others

TED Talks

Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts.

Introducing a New Expat Guide to Living in Mexico


Expats In Mexico is a new online magazine dedicated to the specific needs of expats living in Mexico and aspiring expats who want to call Mexico their home.

Summer Workshops at Entre Amigos in San Pancho

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The workshops are open for kids as young as three to teens as old as 16; creative adults are also invited to offer workshops related to art or sports.

Beach Cleanup Network Continues and Reforestation Commemorates Arbor Day

Riviera Nayarit CVB

A reforestation will take place in Punta de Mita on July 11th to commemorate Mexico’s Arbor Day; the 26th edition of the BCN will happen on July 9th; this past July 1st Fonatur and a group of children helped reforest an area of Litibu.

Rotary International Grant for Sustainability and Bird Conservation

San Pancho Bird Observatory

This grant allowed the implementation of a project focused on bird conservation and sustainable community development that reached over 100 participants (ages 12-47) at the community centers of seven coastal communities of the southern Nayarit coast.

Learn or Improve Your Spanish Speaking Skills with EntreAmigos in San Pancho


A new culture! Our Spanish Program has classes and cultural events to fit your needs. We'll have you speaking Spanish in no time!

Did You Know That Tiny San Pancho Has a Very Popular Golf Course?

Goats on the Road

For such a small beach town, it's amazing that the Las Huertas course was built here, but we're glad it was.

San Pancho and Turtle News from Costa Verde Ecological Group

Ecological Group of Costa Verde

Finding fewer nests last season gives me a terrible premonition that this coming season may be a massive one, perhaps around 1,450 nests or more.

'Skip the Straw' Environmental Campaign Swim, Paddleboard and Kayak Event


95% of the straws that are used in Mexico are not recycled and the material of which they are made can take more than 100 years to decompose.

5th Capoeira Martial Arts Activities in San Pancho

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Over 100 capoeira followers from all over Mexico are here to participate in this festival, where one Mexican and two Brazilian mestres will be present during graduation ceremonies for the Batizado y Troca de Cordas.

The Children's Circus Presents Annual 'Cirque du Soleil' Fundraiser


The kids and teens of San Pancho put on a yearly show with what they learned from Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque Du Soleil, and the group of professionals that have encouraged this unique artistic project in Mexico.

Entre Amigos Celebrates San Pancho's Family-Friendly Community Festival

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

San Pancho will celebrate with a colorful family-friendly fiesta filled with art, education, ecology, love and fun, proving once again why it's the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

San Pancho and Turtle News from Ecological Group of Costa Verde

Ecological Group of Costa Verde

The day we released the one millionth hatchling was no different than any other. The hatchling had actually been released before we realized it.

Tourist Interaction with Local Communities Spurs Giving, Survey Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More than half of American travelers said they did volunteer work or donated to a cause at a destination they visited within the last two years, according to Tourism Cares.

EntreAmigos: A Decade of Making a Difference in San Pancho

Travel Weekly

Tourists can volunteer at the center for an afternoon or a day or longer, working in the store where local arts and crafts are sold or helping students with various projects.

Riviera Nayarit Summer Camps for Kids and Teens

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Art, education, culture and sports are just part of what’s offered to kids this summer in the Riviera Nayarit’s different microdestinations.

Upcoming Martial Arts Events in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit welcomes hundreds of practitioners of several martial arts disciplines from March 27-29 during the 4th Capoeira Art Festival in San Pancho and the 2015 “Titanes del Pacífico” martial arts encounter in Nuevo Vallarta on March 28th.

The Children's Circus Headquarters in San Pancho

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The show is ready to welcome Spring on March 19-21 with over 50 children and teens onstage at the Bodega Circo in San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Mardi Gras Parade, Rural Organic Farm Walk, Taste of Lo de Marcos, Southside Shuffle, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

7th Annual Children's Art Festival in San Pancho


The kids and teens of San Pancho are ready to show off the talent and know-how they obtained in EntreAmigos with this gala event & fundraiser on February 21 with auctions, music and planty of art. Free auction preview on February 20.

Clear your Schedules: Events Throughout Riviera Nayarit Fill up the 2015 Calendar

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The cuisine, adventure and cultural experiences that make Riviera Nayarit such a highly sought after destination continue throughout 2015 with 20 topnotch tournaments and festivals.

Charity Shopping in La Penita and Entre Amigos Visit by Superior Tours Vallarta

Superior Tours Vallarta

After the market, we will take you to San Pancho, where we will visit the Entre Amigos Project, a Community Center which is probably one of the most organized Charity Projects in Mexico.

More Art & Entertainment Cultural Space Opens Up in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The opening of Stage & Forum Nuevo Vallarta and La Casita Magica in San Pancho adds to the growing number of regional draws for cultural tourism. Grand Opening of La Casita Magica is December 14.

Discovery Channel to Broadcast Travel and Tourism Program About Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

On November 6th at 7:30 am (Central Mexico time) a program showcasing the charms of the Riviera Nayarit will be broadcast to over 100 million homes around the world.

Saturday Beach Cleanup Network in Riviera Nayarit Still Growing

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Four more non-profits joined the beach cleanup efforts during this fifth round, including La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with reinforcements heading to Bucerias and San Pancho; there are now 9 communities on the receiving end of their labors.

Fundraising Campaign Underway for December Sinergiarte Festival in San Pancho, Nayarit

The Colectivo San Pancho has announced its new season of fund raising and the return of the hugely successful Sinergiarte Festival.

'Tons' of Help as EntreAmigos & San Pancho Recycles

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

These are activities that strengthen the cultural tourism of the area: every year they recycle 120 tons of glass, as well as plastic, cardboard and metal; plus, they’ve already built 7 Recicla Parques (Recycle Parks) in different communities.

Volunteer Opportunities Available at EntreAmigos in San Pancho


Please consider volunteering, there are many fun projects and it is always a great way to meet people and feel part of the community of San Pancho in Riviera Nayarit... You might learn a bit of spanish too!

A Reminder & Where to Get Your Altruism Festival Tickets Early and Save

Amigos de La Cruz

Don’t miss this very upbeat, wonderful evening of food, friendship and fun on May 4, with all proceeds divided equally among the 20 charities. Tickets, which include food, drinks and entertainment, cost just 350 pesos in advance or 450 pesos at the gate.

Turtle and San Pancho News from Ecological Group of Costa Verde

Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde

Since mid-November, fifty-two turtle nests have been placed in our beach nursery. Of that number, only four remain baking in the sun. To date, the number of nests recorded this season comes to 1,185, with a total of 91,054 hatchlings released.

10th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Charities

La Biblioteca Rey Nayar

This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Circus for Children Returns to San Pancho Promising Many Surprises

On Bahia Magazine

Created by Gilles Ste'Croix, a founder and current Creative Director of Cirque du Soleil, the Circus for Children brings together 50 children from the communities of San Pancho and Sayulita who will present the show on March 21, 2014.

San Pancho a Stand-Out in Conservation and Ecotourism in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The Centro Cultural las Fabricas de San Pancho A.C. was created in response to community efforts that include environmental education, recycling, species conservation, promotion of the arts and sports plus a very inclusive culture.

Superior Tours Day Trip 'Up North' of Puerto Vallarta to Benefit EntreAmigos

Superior Tours

When is the last time that you visited the beautiful beaches of Sayulita and San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit? The Superior 'Up North' Tour will be Friday, August 2, and a portion of the proceeds with benefit EntreAmigos.

Bird Identification Workshops in Riviera Nayarit Using Online Videos

San Pancho Birding Club

The San Pancho Bird Observatory is developing a program to deliver bird identification workshops using online videos and educational materials at 10 different community centers in the municipalities of Banderas Bay and Compostela, Nayarit.

A Growing List of Charities Needing Assistance in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


Because of the overwhelming response from our local charities in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay about their needs for help and volunteers, we have put together a summary of how you can help.

San Pancho Bird Observatory May Newsletter

San Pancho Bird Observatory

This last winter season was intensely good and productive. We had tons of great birds, amazing birder friends coming to visit again and for the first time, and some innovative projects that are helping us advance our bird conservation goals.

San Pancho's entreAmigos Sets the Bar Way High


We recently traveled north to the coastal town of San Pancho to get a closer look at the entreamigos Community Center, and had the opportunity to speak with founder and director, Nicole Swedlow about the center, its strategies and its origins.

Charities Announced to Benefit from Vallarta's 2013 Altruism Festival

U.S. Consular Agency Vallarta

Twenty-four of our local charity and non-profit organizations in Banderas Bay have been announced to participate and benefit from Puerto Vallarta's largest fundraising event of the year to take place on Sunday, May 5.

9th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 24 Local Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Invitation From entreAmigos to Join in Recycling Workshop


Recicla San Pancho has been focusing on finding innovative local uses for the recycled products and has spawned a series of small business enterprises for local residents. Join them in transforming trash to treasures.

Get Ready for a Spectacular Celebration of Life and Art at Children's Festival


This year, the focus is on object art, created by children and well-known artists from the region and the world. There will be live music, dancing and amazing artists, taking turns to entertain in what has become one of the largest, most creative and fun charity events of the year!

'Green Friday Sale' in San Pancho Offers Recycled Products


It's all the great deals, super steals and special offers of Black Friday... only it's all Green. Great for you, great for the environment, 100% local and 100% of the proceeds support the children and families in San Pancho.

Spanish Classes in San Pancho For Everyone by entreAmigos


Get a jump on the language this year and drastically improve your Spanish! Classes are available in different levels from beginning to advanced. Classes are taught by July Aquino, Certified Spanish Teacher, University of Cambridge.

Sayulita Farmers Market Re-Opens For The Season

El Sayulero

The Farmers Market will begin today and continue each Friday throughout the season. This year there will be 35 vendors, including 4 new organic local farmers that will be growing specifically for the Farmers Market.

Day of the Dead: entreAmigos Celebration of Life

entreAmigos San Francisco

entreAmigos has prepared a week full of activities to learn everything about the Day of the Dead. Join us in San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit, in this unique Mexican celebration of life!

'San Pancho Day' Festival on the Riviera Nayarit

All San Pancho

San Pancho, located on the Rivera Nayarit in Mexico is having its annual San Pancho Days festival starting on September 25th. The nine-day festival honoring Saint Francis of Assisi is called Feast Day and runs from September 25th through October 4th.

Learn to Speak Spanish with entreAmigos in San Pancho

entreAmigos San Francisco

A new language! A new culture! Our Spanish Program has classes and cultural events to fit your needs. We'll have you speaking Spanish in no time!

Surf's UP for Local Girls Thanks to Wahine Project

Originating in California, the Wahine Project has been coming to the Bay of Banderas area to work with local girls for the past 2 years. The girls are exposed to a carefully planned schedule of surf lesson, surf excursions, lectures and field trips, balanced with physical conditioning and ocean recreation activities.

8th International Altruism Festival

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa is once again the proud sponsor of the 8th International Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta. This gastronomic and cultural event creates awareness among the population to support those who need it the most.

Capoeira Art Festival in San Pancho

Capoeira Newsletter

There will be an intensive course of technical training with renowned teachers worldwide during this four day event where there will be classes, workshops, conferences, ecological campaigns and the graduation ceremony.

Childrens Loteria Art Festival and Auction

entreAmigos San Francisco

Renowned for hosting outrageously creative and inventive benefit events, entreAmigos will host their fourth annual Childrens Art Festival and Auction on Thursday, March 8, at their headquarters in San Pancho, Riviera Nayarit.

San Pancho Music Festival 2012

The San Pancho Music Festival has grown to accommodate some of the most colorful musicians and dancers from around the world. There is still very much a local flavor, featuring the traditional music of local musicians.

Holiday Events at entreAmigos


We have all sorts of activities planned through December and we will try to give back to San Pancho a little bit of all the wonderful things that San Pancho has given to us.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series Heads to the Americas

BYM Sailing & Sports

The Extreme Sailing Series, the world’s leading Stadium Racing series, will return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed season.

Nationwide Paddle Out in Mexico to Memorialize Australian Surfers Who Disappeared There

The Inertia

The Mexican Federation of Surfing and Sinaloa State Surfing Association have coordinated with the surfers’ families so the entire nations of Mexico and Australia can memorialize the two surfers.

World Humanitarian Day: Let's All Make a Greater Commitment to Life-Saving Action

The Guardian

It’s a day to pay tribute to those who help the world’s most vulnerable people and to redouble efforts to provide emergency aid to global victims of crises. We applaud the very best of humanity.

James Guzman on Borderless Living, International Diversification and Life in Mexico

Guadalajara Geopolitics Institute

James Guzman meets in scenic San Miguel de Allende to discuss his work with Borderless as well as topics such as international living and diversification, the economic crisis, expatriation and living in Mexico.

Voluntourism: Spring Break Can Be a Time to Give

Mother Nature Network

More and more young people are passing up the revelry and choosing a different type of spring break experience. A style of travel known as voluntourism has become an exciting alternative for more young travelers - and for more travelers in general.

Family Life Survey: Working Mexican Women Have More Influence at Home


The Mexican Family Life Survey is one of the first of its kind to ask about bargaining power - who actually makes household decisions - as opposed to simply exploring the differences between what females and males tend to do with allocated resources.

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Centro Comunitario Educativo
Ave. Tercer Mundo #12
San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit

Contact: Nicole Swedlow
(311) 258-4377 or (322) 117-1677

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