Asociación Mexicana de Voluntariado Internacional A.C. (AMVIAC), a Mexican organisation working in the field of International Voluntary Service was established on 2014. The organization was born from the initiative of former Mexican volunteers and professionals who wished to participate in the transformation of the country through international volunteering projects organized in Mexico, becoming more actively involved in community activities.
AMVIAC, together with the Bacalar City Council, YZ Projects, the Fundación Emerge Bak’Halal and the Fundacón MIA Sustentable, organizes a photographic camp in Bacalar with the theme of Stromatolites. The objective is to create awareness among the participants, the local community and tourists about the importance of conserving biodiversity and the environment by getting to know these microscopic beings, considered living fossils. These provide important environmental services such as the creation of the earth’s atmosphere and the supply of oxygen; his disappearance would have serious consequences. The tools that will be used to meet the objectives of the project will be photography and international volunteering, aligning the planned activities with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030, in particular goals 13 – Climate Action and 14 – Sumarine life. Experts in the environmental and photographic areas will guide the volunteers through practical workshops and actions that allow the local population to be shown photographic images of the importance of protecting these beings.
Volunteers will use photographic themes to make specific visits to places of interest in the area. They will learn photographic techniques, use of parameters and exposure, angles and perspectives, landscape, night photography, nature photography, self–portrait and documentary photography. They will also visit some emblematic places such as the different cenotes of the lagoon, the wetlands, sites of geohydrological interest with influence on the lagoon system, the archaeological zone of Kohunlich, the Fort of San Felipe and the recognized sites of the Magical Town of Bacalar. In addition, the volunteers will participate in actions of environmental protection, such as the Fundación MÍA Sustentable cleaning of spaces project and in the “Reciclatón” organized by the Bacalar City Council. The photographic results will be shown in an exhibition at the end of the camp and this will be open to the general public, thus contributing to the environmental actions undertaken at the local level by the Bacalar City Council and local organizations.
Bacalar or Laguna de los Siete Colores, is located in the state of Quintana Roo, thirty minutes from Chetumal, the state capital. Its name comes from the Mayan Sian Kaan Bakhalal which means “near or surrounded by reeds”.
Volunteers will be housed in a space with all basic services. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Over 18 years old– Interest in environmental issues and photography. Bring your own camera as well as material from your country or state, and some traditional items to show the local population about your culture.
$6,000 pesos. Includes accommodation, food, local transportation and administration costs.
+ EstYES participation fee 100€ and membership fee 30€ if not a member yet.
- March 30 to April 9
- May 30 to June 9 (to be confirmed)
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