Quaker Leadership Summer Workcamp
The Quaker Leadership Program in Mexico is an experiential, bio-regionally based educational program focusing on cloud forest conservation, sustainable development, and cultural exchange at Las Cañadas in Huatusco, Mexico. Up to twelve interested young adults have the opportunity to work in an ecovillage setting, enjoy the beauty of the Mexican cloud forest, develop leadership skills and forge enduring friendships. The program is sponsored by Westtown School in Westtown, PA, and welcomes young adults and adults from all walks of life and from all parts of the country.
Work campers will discover what can be learned from direct experience and living in community. Through small-group projects, ecological restoration work, meetings with experts, and interactive workshops, work campers apply their diverse skills and observe how environmental stewardship and social and economic justice work hand in hand. After work, work campers will enjoy bonfires, night hikes, visits to a local community and local markets, and a
closing sweat lodge.
Small-group projects address one or more of these areas: reforestation, sustainable agriculture, seed saving, building with earth and bamboo, alternative technologies, and cultural exchange.
This year's flyer and application
The program will be held at the Las Cañadas ecovillage in Huatusco, Mexico. This 600-plus acre property includes a dairy, cheese workshop, reforestation areas, a cloud forest preserve, eco-tourism center, community school, bio-intensive gardens and wonderful views of local mountains. Lodging is in 2 person cabins and dormitory style rooms. There is no electricity in the rooms. There are solar heated showers, composting toilets, delicious meals and pure mountain spring water. Food is vegetarian, and most of it is grown on site.