Mexico Service Project

July 14 – 29, 2018
For entering high school juniors and seniors

The Mexico Service Project offers high school men the opportunity to live solidarity by serving the poor and less fortunate. Through a construction project that is both demanding and rewarding as well as teaching daily English classes, volunteers will discover the great joy of sacrificing themselves for others. They will also benefit from the unique opportunity to interact with the local Mexican people, learning about their culture and way of life. Participants also have the opportunity to take advantage of spiritual activities such as confession, daily Mass, and regular times for prayer.

The Program

Participants will spend two weeks in Monterrey, Nuevo León located in northeastern Mexico. The days will be spent constructing and improving homes for local families as well as helping Ciudad de los Niños, a local school, through a combination of teaching classes and a construction project. In addition, participants will spend some time each day leading sports and other activities for the school children.

Work Projects

Every day, participants will work with local families to construct and improve their homes. In addition, participants will work with Ciudad de los Niños to improve school facilities.

On weekends, participants will have a chance to go on cultural trips and hiking expeditions. The final weekend of the project will include a trip to Mexico City.


The trip fee does not cover the cost of the materials for the work projects.  Each participant is asked to organize a fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of the work projects. Program staff work with participants to help with fundraising efforts.


The Mexico Service Project is sponsored by Youth Service International ( and directed by Sauganash staff.  YSI organizes and directs activities for college and high school students from around the country.

Through its service projects and other educational activities, YSI provides a forum whereby each student is challenged to grow in virtues such as generosity, nobility, hard work, friendship, and solidarity.

The Christian orientation of all YSI programs is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church (


All participants will stay at El Molino, a conference center in Monterrey. While in Mexico City, participants will stay at Torres Study Center.


The cost of the trip, $975, which covers all expenses of our stay in Mexico. This fee, however, does not cover the cost of the plane
ticket arriving to Monterrey and departing from Mexico City, which typically costs ~$700.  Trip staff will coordinate air travel arrangements once acceptances are announced. Full payment is due by June 15, 2018.

All payments can be made to Youth Service International, the sponsor of the seminar.  Click here for payment information.

Application Information

Applications received before March 15, 2018 will be given priority. Acceptances will be announced by March 22, 2018. Full payment ($1,200) is due by June 15, 2018.

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Justin Reckart