México - Tijuana

Population facets: 

Partner Organization: La Casa del Migrante in Tijuana (of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Scalabrini) 

Location: Tijuana, México

Number of Students: Up to 4 students

Dates: Flexible

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: No

Additional information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements: 

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: Intermediate to advance knowledge of Spanish is preferred
  • Gender Requirement: None
  • Required Experience: Interest in immigration and human rights of migrants necessary
  • Major Requirement: None
  • Student Minimum Age: None
  • Special Requirements: Students must be comfortable spending most of their time within the Casa del Migrante compound.  Due to security precautions, students must obey curfew, house rules, and request permission for travel to local vicinities.
  • Other: None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed) 

  • Self Defense
  • Red Cross Certification

Site Description:   

See the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Scalabrini website

See the official Casa del Migrante-Tijuana website

The Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles – Scalabrinians – is an international community of religious serving migrants and refugees of different cultures, religions and ethnicities in thirty countries and on five continents. The Scalabrinis and the Casa del Migrante network publishes a magazine entitled “Sin Fronteras.” The Scalabrinis run Casas del Migrantes in Tijuana, Mexico and in Guatemala City, Tapachula, and Tecún Umán, Guatemala.

The Casa del Migrante is a non-profit Civil Association established in Tijuana in 1987, assisting the most vulnerable migrants who arrive in the city, whether they are deportees, displaced persons, migrants in transit or refugees. La Casa del Migrante offers basic services: shelter, food and clothing, as well as a wide range of complementary services, totally free of charge, to aid the social reintegration of migrants.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: This is a new site for 2022. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This site will be in person for summer 2022. 

Students are responsible for assisting in the upkeep, maintenance, and running of the Casa del Migrante in Tijuana. Daily tasks include preparing and serving meals, distributing clothing, preparing beds with clean sheets, washing and folding laundry, cleaning and washing bathrooms and other rooms, and keeping the compound grounds tidy. The work is physically demanding and students are expected to work hard but the value lies in providing works of mercy, working with a passionate and committed group of priests, and being in solidarity with and learning from migrants who pass through the Casa. Typically there are a few long term volunteers also serving at the Casa.

Housing & Lodging Information: 

Volunteers share a room or have their own rooms with a basic bed and a small private bathroom.  Space in the house is more than sufficient. There is electricity, television, and internet access is available via a wireless signal. House staff and volunteers eat the same food that is served for the migrant guests.

For More Information:

Visit the official Casa del Migrante

Visit the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Scalabrini website

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection or orientation process.

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Upcoming Events

October 2021

Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm