YMCA offers Maya cultural exchange program

with-host-familyIf you would like to assist with projects in San Angel, a small village in the northern Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, check out the YMCA’s “Intercambio Cultural Maya.” Application is open until Oct. 15.

The entire trip (Dec. 28 to Jan. 9) also includes visits to the ancient Maya ruins of Ek Balam and the North Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Limited grants are available for students to cover costs.

Please contact “Intercambio Cultural Maya” for more information, including about the projects: construction, dental, optical, translation. All levels of expertise are needed.

I learned of this exchange program via a FAMSI listserve. Dr. David Hixson, the archaeologist who posted the message said, “I would not be who I am now without the experience of living in a rural Maya village during my early college years.” He and fellow archaeologist Dr. Christian Wells began their careers on this volunteer project, and both continue to support it.


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