About the local hosting organizationThis event is organized in cooperation with Xtrail México, pioneers in Mexico in the realization of sport events with 5 years of experience organizing such events, and in cooperation with the tourist board of San José Iturbide, Guanajuato. Objectives: Promote and encourage sport activities and a healthy lifestyle, in an informal way.
About the volunteer workThere will be activities supporting the organization of the race Xtrail 2017 “Route of Gold and Silver” as well as after the race with the objective to host a magnificent event, which will impulse sports tourism, adventure tourism as well as nature tourism. There will also be social activities in the community. 1. The race Xtrail will be promoted by distributing flyers and by placing posters in public squares, parks and schools to announce the event. Moreover, schools and/or universities will be visited to have an impact on the local youth and to promote sports, a healthy lifestyle and volunteering. 2. The location where the race will take place will be cleaned to ensure its conservation. Other eco-touristic areas and communities will also be cleaned, e.g. by picking up garbage etc. 3. More activities are related to giving the kits to the participants of the race, the day of pre-registering, as well as the day of the race itself. The volunteers will also help in the areas of hydration and with handing over the medals to the participants. 4. The tourist board wishes for the volunteers to be part of different projects of cultural exchange, such as; -Visit of home for the elderly “Santa Ana y San Joaquín” -Meetings with local students. -Demonstrations of handicrafts or local cuisine of their specific home countries. -Sport activities like the “Cyclist route” -Organization of an intercultural fair in the city center. -Involvement with print media, radio and photographic activities.
Local accommodationThe tourist board receiving the volunteers will provide accommodation and food as well as transport and help in medical questions if needed. The accommodation will be in a house where the volunteers can rest and prepare food as they will have all the necessities like a fridge, oven, kitchen sink and they will have a supermarket close by. The volunteers are responsible for cleaning their rooms which they should do on a regular basis and also for their waste which they should throw away in the indicated containers. We kindly ask them to guard the place and also to be responsible with the keys of the house for their own safety. The food will be prepared by the volunteers, they will be provided with all the necessities like a fridge, oven, kitchen sink and they will have a supermarket close by. We suggest an exchange of national recipes!
About the project locationThe project will take place in San José Iturbide in the state of Guanajuato. Due to its convenient location, visits and trips in the city as well as in its surroundings can be realized. Free time activities can include: -Touristic visits of churches, squares, parks, eco-touristic areas and thermal baths. -Trips to tourist cities in the state of Guanajuato like; San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and Mineral de Pozos.
Requirements- Willingness to work in teams. -Interest in eco-tourism, adventure sports and nature. -Good physical and health conditions. -Altruistic and social mindset. -Interest in helping different places and communities. -Interest in sustainability and tourism. -Every volunteer is asked to write a short article about the work and the project to publish it in the Facebook site of VIMEX or in the Facebook site of the local community, along with a photo. Additionally: -Bring comfortable (sport) clothes, both for warm and cold weather as it changes a lot in San José and it can become very hot during the day, but cold and windy at night. -Warm sweater or jacket. -Sneakers, hiking boots, a cap and sun block. -Sleeping bag. -You can bring casual clothes and shoes for dinners and/or presentations. -Important: bring something typical from your country (traditional clothes, cooking recipes, music, games, photos).
Extra info about the projectThe participation fee of 170 euros included food & accommodation.