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Thank you for your interest in our Home Building program!
Project Mexico provides safe, secure, permanent homes for poor families in Baja, California. Our mission provides sturdy structures and a foundation for families to build a better future. With the help of thousands of volunteers, we have made a difference.
We have trips available depending on phases of Pandemic-related restriction levels: local, regional, domestic, and international. We are now offering multi-day volunteer experiences like no other.
This is a wonderful way to live your faith, reconnect with friends and make a lasting impact.
The link below will take you to our St Innocent Service Works website where you can see volunteer trip options and apply through our Managed Missions application portal.
Because of the prosperity that most of us enjoy, it is difficult to truly understand the basic and fundamental challenges that exist just beyond our borders. Only minutes south of one of California’s favorite vacation destinations, you will find Tijuana, Mexico, a city not only of considerable size and history, but of significant human poverty and hardship as well. With a population of over 1.3 million residents, it is sobering to appreciate that nearly half of them live on less than $200 (USD) per month.
Even more troubling is the difficulty that families face when finding a permanent home. The cost of land in Mexico can be very expensive ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 (USD) for a 200-300 meter parcel of land. Once families have saved enough money to pay for the mortgage on their land, they have very little left to construct a secure home. As you drive through the impoverished communities around Tijuana, you will see homes made of old garage doors, wooden pallets, tarps, tires or other materials that were, ironically enough, likely discarded from homes within the United States.
Finding the right families to build for is not an easy task. For this reason, we work closely with Mexican Social Services and other local resources to identify potential candidate families. Once selected as a candidate, the family will be carefully interviewed to determine their need based on annual income, family size, overall quality of life, employment and the potential benefit that a home will have on them. After meeting with all of the candidate families, their applications are then compiled and presented to the selection committee. Our goal is to serve those with the greatest need at the time of our evaluation.
Since 1988, Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage has been building secure, safe and weather-tight homes for some of the most impoverished families in northern Mexico. Built strictly by volunteer labor, these homes provide families economic security and hope for a brighter future. While serving these families, the volunteers discover that they have been transformed. Through their service to others, they realize that they have received much more than they had given. To date, we have hosted well over 11,000 volunteers on our 16 acre ranch as we continue to humbly bear the burdens of others in the name of Christ.
As part of a home building team, you will participate in the construction of a home for a family in need. This task will include a variety of different jobs such as, mixing cement, sawing, driving nails, painting, meeting the recipient family, and playing with the neighborhood children. You will be housed at St. Innocent Orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet the staff who work there and the boys who live there. The evenings will be spent together talking about the missionary experience and getting to know one another. If coming during an OBT week, there will be a chance to hear speakers during the evenings.
Our home building season usually begins in May and ends in August and we normally offer 7-8 build weeks depending on several factors. We also try to schedule a spring time home building event for those who might want to participate during spring break, but this requires an interested group of at least 15 participants.
Due to the amount of work and the site size, we limit the number of participants in a group to 25. Having more than 25 people would impact the overall home building experience, as well as safety.
Please see our resource section (click here) on our Home Building page for a individual packing list.
No. We provide all the necessary tools for the week. If you have preferred tools or want to donate tools for our program, this is encouraged.
The cost to participate in a Home Building trip is $670 per person. The cost includes administration, building materials, food, tools, supplies, staffing and other costs necessary to sustain our program.
Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own flights or travel from their hometown to San Diego and back. Once in San Diego, individuals and groups are responsible for their own vehicle/van rental that they will use to travel into Mexico and drive to the home building work site each day. In addition to the vehicle, rented or personal, Mexican insurance is required. You will also need to arrange for a hotel if you arrive before or plan to stay after your home building work trip. There will also be opportunities to buy food and merchandise at a local market (except for OBT trips), as well as Project Mexico merchandise. Plan to bring some cash for these opportunities, if you intend on purchasing any additional items. U.S. dollars are accepted in Mexico and smaller bills are better.
In order to re-enter into the United States, U.S. citizens will need a current passport. A new, less expensive passport card is now available, but it is valid only for land and sea crossings into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. Due to possible long application wait times, it is wise to apply for a passport as soon as possible. Legal permanent residents must bring their green cards. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their local consulate office about requirements for re-entering the U.S. from Baja California, Mexico. Usually a passport and valid visa are required. Canadian citizens need only a passport.
There are no immunizations required by the U.S. or the Mexican governments, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that ALL travelers, regardless of destination, be up to date on the following normal childhood immunizations: 1) Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR Vaccine), 2) Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTP Vaccine), 3) Polio (OPV), 4) Haemophilus Influenza type B (HbCV Vaccine), and 5) Typhoid and Hepatitis A shots are also recommended for travel into Mexico.
Donated items are always appreciated and our Needs List for the orphanage is available on our website. Unfortunately, your donations will need to be delivered to our home office in Chula Vista so that they can be properly inventoried and legally receipted. After processing, donations will typically be delivered to the orphanage within a week. We ask that you do not give any donations directly to orphanage staff or to the boys.
No, but it may help to learn some basic Spanish phrases so that you can better interact with the family you are building for, as well as our boys at the orphanage. There are plenty of Spanish language apps that you can download to develop your Spanish speaking skills before you come.
The safety of our boys, staff members, and volunteers is our highest priority. For the past 27 years, we have worked diligently to ensure the safety of all individuals involved with our ministry. Perhaps the strongest endorsement for our commitment to safety is the fact that we have not experienced a single safety incident in our 27 year history, which spans over 11,000 volunteers and 289 homes built.
Yes. Unless the group leader of your group has been informed that any of these items will be provided, it is expected that each group, or individual, plan to bring all of the above items.
Internet is only provided to group leaders if there are extenuating and necessary circumstances; otherwise the expectation should be that there will be no internet use during your visit.
There are minimal outlets available in the main group area for charging phones, for camera use and alarm clocks. We ask that phones never be left unattended while charging. For this reason, it is often preferable to leave phones at home and instead bring portable alarm clocks and cameras for the build week.
The boys are kept on a full schedule during the summer vacation to keep them busy and continually learning during their time off. For this reason, the boys will be available at specific times during the day, usually in groups rather than all at once, and it is best to expect spending short periods of time with them, rather than all day together. Meals are eaten with the boys and there are a few planned activities together during the week like bonfires and soccer games.
You are more than welcome to bring toys for the children and/or gifts for the family. Please buy these gifts at home and bring them with you as it cannot be assured there will be an opportunity for buying these gifts after your arrival.
No. We welcome everyone to participate in the Project Mexico Home Building experience. Please note, that during the week, all the worship services will be in the Orthodox style and most of the participants will be Orthodox. However, over the years, many non-Orthodox have been involved with Project Mexico in all aspects of the ministry and we encourage others to join us in friendship and service.