Environmental Conservation in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Around the world, many countries, including Mexico, are facing environmental issues like climate change, global warming, and the greenhouse effect. In Mexico, the top three environmental problems are air pollution, lack of clean water, and deforestation. These issues result from increased tourism and the combined impact of waste from cities, industries, and agriculture. Vehicles are the main culprits, responsible for 76% of the country’s air pollution.

This program allows you to make a difference for future generations and explore the rapidly developing country of Mexico in a unique way – by connecting with nature. Caring for the environment should be part of our nature, and this is where your journey begins.

This project is located in the beach town of Puerto Escondido and encompasses various initiatives that can significantly benefit the community and the environment. We engage in a wide range of activities that are beneficial for the local ecology. We encourage you to diversify your tasks to gain knowledge from different aspects of the project. We also recommend incorporating creative and original activities into your lessons and tasks on the job site. Together, we can help pass on the knowledge of environmental issues to the next generation.


General Role:

In the Environmental Protection program in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, participants play a crucial role in addressing urgent environmental issues and supporting the local community. This program combines hands-on conservation efforts, education, and community involvement.

Tree Planting: Contribute to reforestation by planting tropical trees, helping restore the natural landscape and providing habitat for local wildlife.

Coastal Clean-Up Drive: Join in efforts to clean up the coastline, protecting it from plastic pollution and preserving its beauty for both residents and tourists.

Garbage and Plastic Collection: Collect and dispose of garbage and plastics found on the beach and in nearby areas to reduce environmental pollution.

Stray Dog Rescue and Shelter: Participate in rescuing and caring for stray dogs, making the streets safer for both the animals and residents by providing shelters and improving their quality of life.

Environmental Education: Teach local children and community members about environmental protection, raising awareness of local environmental concerns and promoting sustainable practices.

Community Engagement: Support community development efforts aligned with environmental protection goals, fostering a sense of responsibility and ownership among the local population.


Puerto Escondido, situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca, is a picturesque seaside town celebrated for its world-class surfing beaches, such as Zicatela Beach, and its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere. This hidden gem offers visitors a taste of authentic Mexican culture, delightful cuisine, and breathtaking sunsets, making it a beloved destination for those seeking a tranquil coastal retreat with a touch of adventure.

Project Tasks

  • Plant additional trees to enhance the well-being of the local community.
  • Safeguard coastal regions (beaches) from plastic contamination.
  • Raise awareness within the community about environmental issues specific to the locality.
  • Aid in community development while contributing to environmental preservation.
  • Back local community initiatives to preserve the natural environment. 

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in single gender rooms in a typical hostel setting in Puerto Escondido, with 1-8 people per room. Our local hostel host is enthusiastic about facilitating family-style interactions and cultural exchanges.

You will have a hot shower, fans, western toilet. Wi-Fi is not included by you may find this in nearby restaurants, etc. Laundry can be done by hand or at an extra fee.

You’ll stay in one of two hostels in the downtown area, conveniently located near the heart of Puerto Escondido, a charming beach town known for its friendly local community. While it has gained popularity over the years, it has retained its untouched, rustic charm and is part of one of the more affordable and underrated states in Mexico. Oaxaca is renowned for its exquisite beaches and capital city, making it a favoured destination for eco-tourist backpackers seeking an authentic Mexican experience away from the modern world’s influence.

In Puerto Escondido, there are plenty of beach-related activities to enjoy, with surfing being a major draw that attracts tourists from all over the world during the surf season.

You will get 3 meals a day on weekdays, and 2 on weekends. The food will be traditional Mexican, with plenty of corn tortillas, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat and other grains, and chicken, all of which are vegetarian-friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

All meals will be provided at the mentioned accommodation. Every day of the program, three full meals will be provided, beginning with breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12pm, and dinner at 6 p.m. On weekends, there are two meals available: brunch at 10 a.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Food consists primarily of traditional local dishes prepared and served at the accommodation or in the surrounding area. Meals will be served based on your dietary requirements, but you must notify us in advance.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $481
  • 2 Weeks - $762
  • 3 Weeks - $1143
  • 1 Month - $1524
  • 2 Months - $3049
  • 3 Months - $4574
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation (not for Leyte projects)
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


This is a varied project combining education with beach clean ups and planting trees, so you must have a reasonable level of fitness. This project would suit someone who does not mind getting stuck in and working as a team outside!

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) on Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

If you arrive outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer for an extra fee.

If you want to book any extra nights before or after your program, you can do this for an extra fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to your accommodation it takes around 10 mins by taxi. 


  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Mexican Do’s and Don’ts, Mexican Culture Lessons and basic survival Spanish/Mayan Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Project Preparation and Project Sites Visitation.
  • Typical welcome dinner with your host family.

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Environmental Conservation activities(Tree Planting, Coastal Clean-up Drive, Garbage and Plastic Collection, Stray Dog Rescue and Shelter, Environmental Education, Community Engagement)
  • Lunch
  • Environmental Conservation activities(Tree Planting, Coastal Clean-up Drive, Garbage and Plastic Collection, Stray Dog Rescue and Shelter, Environmental Education, Community Engagement)
  • Dinner

However, please note that the specific activities of the week may depend on the local requirements and community needs.

**This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**

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Additional Requirements

  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of planting and coastal cleaning activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance while participants below 18 years old might need a signed parental consent.

Additional Equipment

Participants in the Environmental Protection program in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, can enhance their experience and effectiveness by bringing along some additional equipment. Here’s a list of suggested items:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Help reduce plastic waste by carrying a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during activities.
  • Sun Protection: Puerto Escondido can be sunny and hot, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Comfortable and durable closed-toe shoes with good traction are essential for navigating different terrains during tree planting, clean-up drives, and beach activities.
  • Work Gloves: To protect your hands during activities like garbage collection and tree planting, it’s advisable to bring a pair of work gloves.
  • Insect Repellent (Deet): Depending on the season, insect repellent can be useful to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Backpack or Daypack: A small backpack or daypack can be handy for carrying personal items and any essentials during the program.
  • Reusable Bags: Carry reusable bags for collecting litter during clean-up drives, reducing the need for disposable plastic bags.
  • Notebook and Pen: Useful for jotting down observations, notes, or ideas during educational sessions and for keeping track of your experiences.
  • First Aid Kit & Personal Medication: Although there should be access to basic first aid supplies, having a personal mini first aid kit with essentials like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers is a good precaution.
  • Towel and Swimwear: If there’s an opportunity for a swim or if you’re planning to help with beach clean-ups, having a towel and swimwear can be handy.
  • Safety Glasses: For added eye protection during activities such as tree planting and beach clean-up, bring a pair of safety glasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from debris and the sun.
  • Wet Wipes: Wet wipes or moist towels can be very convenient for quick clean-ups, especially when access to running water may be limited during outdoor activities.
  • Hand Sanitizer: In addition to washing your hands regularly, having hand sanitizer with you is a convenient way to maintain hand hygiene, especially when you’re on the go.
  • Mask: As part of our commitment to safety, please bring a mask with you. While outdoor activities are the focus of our program, there may be times when it’s necessary to wear a mask, such as during indoor activities or when social distancing is challenging.
  • Educational Materials: to share with children and community members about environmental conservation, consider bringing along educational materials such as Posters or Visual Aids, Brochures or Pamphlets, Picture Books, etc.

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: MX – Holidays – All Programs

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