VOLUNTEER WITH TWENDE SOLAR IN MEXICO

NOVEMBER 2019


 
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SAN JUANICO, MEXICO

In the rural fishing village of San Juanico, Mexico, the community medical clinic, along with the rest of the population of approximately 1,000 residents, receives power from the grid for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. Without reliable electrical service from the grid, the “Salon de Salud” is only able to provide limited services to the local population. 

Twende Solar will partner with local organizations and volunteers to install a 2.8kW grid-connected PV array + battery bank to ensure the clinic can power vital medical equipment and provide service round-the-clock. We are looking for a small team of volunteers to help this project come to fruition.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Volunteer team will meet in San Diego on November 14 or 15 for a send-off fundraising event hosted by Milholland Electric. The team will set out on the 3 day road trip the following morning.

  • We will arrive in San Juanico and have 4-5 days to install, host training and take in the local culture through a visit to a local horse rescue ranch, surf lessons, dancing, and deep-sea fishing.

  • Team will drive back to San Diego with a planned arrival on November 24-25 prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. (Final dates within this range will be selected and communicated to the selected team members early in September.)


 

Twende Solar is currently seeking partners to help develop this project and is sourcing donations of equipment and project capital as well as volunteers to help with project installation and documentation.

 

Twende Solar is working to develop a collaboration with our host and community project partner, the Green Go Solar Project. Founder Keith Bonarrigo recognized the need for affordable, sustainable, reliable energy in San Juanico when he moved there in 2008. Keith and the Green Go Solar Project have been offering DIY solar panel workshops in the community - encouraging residents to use recycled windows and solar cells to learn solar theory and make their own solar panels to power their off-grid homes. Winner of the 2018 Energy Globe Award for Mexico, Keith and the Green Go Solar Project team are committed to bringing reliable, sustainable energy to the community of San Juanico, Baja Sur.

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VOLUNTEER COSTS:

  • $600 trip fee paid to Twende Solar to cover shared lodging, a visit to a horse rescue ranch, and round trip ground transportation between San Diego and the project site.

  • Volunteers are responsible for their own airfare to and from San Diego, meals in Baja, and any additional recreational activities (surfing, deep-sea fishing, kiteboarding, ATV rides, etc.). Current airfare prices are around $250 round trip.

  • Volunteers must raise $1,200 by November 10 to support the cost of empowering the San Juanico community. Twende Solar will provide volunteers with marketing materials, ideas, and a peer-to-peer fundraising platform to aide their efforts. Any gap between funds raised and $1,200 will need to be made up by the volunteer before the start of the project.

  • No advanced visa is needed for U.S. Passport holders. A stamp upon entry will suffice but you must have 6 months validity at time of entry. Check here if you are from another country, then visit your country’s government travel site to confirm.

VOLUNTEER SELECTION PROCESS:

  • We would love to have everyone join us for this awesome project. However, the project is small and will be available to a limited number of Twende supporters.

  • Applications will be open until September 3 at which point they will be reviewed to facilitate a successful project team composition. If you are not selected, we hope you can join us on our next project!

  • Selected volunteers will will have until midnight on September 12 to remit their $600 trip fee to Twende Solar via check, ACH transfer or at twendesolar.org/baja to reserve their spot.

  • There will be a handful of meetings before departure to prepare for the install.

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