Vallarta Living | December 2009
|PEACE Launches Volunteer Vacation Calendar for 2010 Punta de Mita, Mexico|
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December 18, 2009
Destination: PEACE was born out of an idea to couple volunteer opportunities with the amazing landscape that the Bay of Banderas offers as a vacation destination. During a Destination PEACE Volunteer Vacation, guests will experience another culture while making a difference in the lives of others: children, women, families, animals and the environment.
A volunteer will help raise awareness and contribute to the overall love, community and hope to the people and animals affiliated with PEACE Mexico, a non-profit organization currently operating in Punta de Mita. Destination PEACE gives back a portion of their proceeds to PEACE Mexico in order to further their mission.
Founded in 2005, PEACE Mexico works hand-in-hand with communities in Mexico to provide holistic education combined with community action programs that enable people to improve their quality of life, as well as, their financial stability. English classes, after-school programs, recycling initiatives, and a free mobile spay/neuter clinic are among the various projects.
"More now than ever people are thinking about those less fortunate and giving money isnt always personal enough. Through Destination: PEACE guests enjoy a hands on experience that proves to be life changing for both themselves and those they touch through the various activities," says Katherine Fisher, Co-Founder of Destination: PEACE.
Its not all work. Each five-day vacation combines volunteerism with the relaxing practice of yoga, taught by credentialed yoga instructors, spoils you with authentic Mexican cuisine, and enables you to explore the region and experience either cultural or adventure activities.
Cultural activities might include salsa dancing, preparing fresh dishes using native plants or turning clay into masterpieces. Adventure activities might include hiking, surfing, mountain biking, whale watching even guiding baby turtles into their new world.
"We believe there is a beautiful balance between the volunteer opportunities and the time to reflect and relax here in Mexico. We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you come back year after year," says Katherine.
The 2010 Destination: PEACE Vacation calendar is as follows:
January 2328: Adventure
February 2025: Culture
March 2025: Culture
April 24-29: Culture
May 2227: Culture
June 1924: Adventure
July 2429: Adventure
August 28Sept 2: Adventure
September 1823: Adventure
October 2328: Culture
November 1318: Culture
December 1116: Culture
The vacations range in cost from $999 to $1399 USD. They also offer private, customized vacations.
For more information on Destination: PEACE Volunteer Vacations, visit DestinationPeaceMexico.com.
For more information on PEACE Mexico visit PeaceMexico.org, or contact Katherine Fisher at Katherine(at)PeaceMexico.org, (508) 568-8462 (US) or 011-521-322-160-8874 (Mexico).
A Banderas Bay non-profit organization, PEACE acts as an umbrella organization for four charitable programs, Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals), a Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. It is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which accepts tax-deductible donations and a Mexican Civil Association that issues facturas for donations. For more information, please visit PeaceMexico.org or click HERE to read more about PEACE