MANIFEST - SAN MIGUEL, MEXICO
9-DAY & 8-NIGHT
MANIFEST - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO
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February 28 – March 8, 2013
Join the Manifest Foundation and local non-profit CASA this spring in the geographically lush region of Guanajuato, Mexico, for the Library Project—an incredible voluntour to build school libraries for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the historic and renowned city of San Miguel de Allende. This is your opportunity to work side by side with a responsive and grateful community, and to leave a relevant legacy that will shape the future for children in San Miguel. Manifest volunteers will stay at the beautiful Casa Aurora & Casa Aurora Borealis, visit an artists market, take part in a cooking class, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, visit several artist’s studios, create a piece of art as a testament to their experience, and witness the breathtaking beauty of the Los Concheros Festival. Enjoy "The Feast of our Lord of the Conquest." The Los Concheros pay homage in music and dance to their patron. One of the most important and colorful religious celebrations drawing visitors from around the world to see the blend of indigenous and religious symbolism, the ornate parade of dancers in chest plates, shields, head dresses, and the music, and dancing that brings families from every corner of the city into the avenues to take part in the tapestry of their culture and tradition.
- 9-day and 8-night Manifest–San Miguel del Allende, MX.
- Two of San Miguel's finest homes open their doors to provide comfort, convenience and a memorable stay. Guest house accommodations are located a short walk away from the Jardin.
- Welcome dinner with live music and initial tour of San Miguel to set the atmosphere and become acquainted with fellow volunteers.
- Volunteers will spend time side by side with the parents, school children and teachers constructing and installing a library in a school house space in the community of Regaladas.
- Enjoy “The Feast of our Lord of the Conquest.” The Los Concheros pay homage in music and dance to their patron. One of their most important and colorful religious celebrations.
- Visit the charming home cooking of “Patsy’s Place,” owned and operated by Patsy Dubois, where she will give a cooking demonstration before serving “comida.”
- Enjoy a Home and Garden Tour benefiting the San Miguel library and see behind the walls of some of San Miguel's beautiful homes.
- Relax in nearby natural hot springs under an oasis garden.
- Enjoy shopping in the artists' markets, shops and art galleries of San Miguel. Visit artists' studios and view live demonstrations by local artisans.
- Create your own art piece which will be part of the Tree of Learning mural for the Library project so that part of you will stay in this community forever. In the community, you will share what you have learned by helping the children paint their ceramic leaves as well.
- The folk art gallery and mask museum, The Other Face of Mexico, is a showplace for Mexican artists and craftspeople.
- Ribbon cutting and pizza party with the children at the school.
- All breakfasts and lunches and 3 dinners included. Alcoholic beverages not provided with most meals.
- Last night celebration will be held at The Casa de la Cuesta Bed & Breakfast.
- Roundtrip airport transfers and all transportation for scheduled group events and service projects.
- A Host will be provided for all Voluntours Level 2 and 3.
- The hosted Voluntour trip will include a Welcome Check-In on the day of arrival.
- If flying in, you must book your own air. We recommend flying in to Leon Airport (BJX), or Queretero Airport (QRO).
- This trip will be hosted and led by Dawn Gaskill.
- Click here to view voluntour itinerary.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, was founded in 1541. Once North America’s richest and most populated city, it now is an off-the-beaten-track international destination for people seeking a more authentic Mexico rather than the beaches and resorts with which most are familiar. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler selected San Miguel de Allende as the top location to visit in Mexico.
Situated in the very heart of the country high on the mountain plateau, San Miguel, long regarded as “a jewel of Mexico,” now enjoys World Heritage Sites designation by UNESCO of the United Nations for its historic significance and well-preserved colonial architecture. San Miguel also is known for its traditional Mexican artisan industry and fine artists from around the world who call it home.
Minimum number of people required for this trip to travel is 13, maximum number is 19.
Children 8 years of age or older.
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Provide all flight information by February 14 to qualify for the transfers. Roundtrip transfers are available from both Leon Airport (BJX) and Queretero Airport (QRO).
The member who booked the Voluntour trip will be emailed an e-Folder containing destination details 2 weeks prior to travel.
The trip will close by January 23rd.
CASA (a nonprofit organization) provides literacy, health and other social services serving the poor. The San Miguel de Allende Library Project is able to reach schools in need of libraries and textbooks.
Join the San Miguel Library Project in its efforts to outfit small, one-room schools in needy communities with basic library materials and books. Volunteers help with basic renovations, such as painting and cleaning, installation of shelving and reading tables, organization of donated books and implementation of library book lending system. These basic materials that we take for granted will give the children of these communities a tremendous advantage and enjoyment in life through the gift of literacy and learning. Come and help make a difference. You will cherish every minute.
Donation of $225 to Manifest Foundation for the funding of our Service Project. This service donation can be raised through friends, but must be paid in full 4 weeks before the trip departs. Use this link to learn more about your donation. Click here.
Or send checks made out to Manifest Foundation, 5360 Legacy Drive, Building 1, Suite 300, Plano, TX 75024. Please follow the instructions for raising these funds from friends and family in the email you are sent from your Rovia Travel Coordinator.
**Host will be provided on all DreamTrips with 20 or more adults traveling.
VENDOR CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancellation fee 46 days or more before travel $50 per person or $100 per room. 45 days up to 22 days before travel 20% per person, 21 days up to 8 days before travel 30% per person, 7 days or less non-refundable.