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VIVE18.05 Conservation the Home of Monarch Butterflies Full

About the project

The Monarch Butterfly Reserve is located between the state of Michoacan and the state of Mexico, in the central part of Mexico. It is under a threat of disappearance due to environmental contamination and the lack of environmental consciousness. The habitants of the region contributed to deforestation in the area as it is their main source of income. The project aims to help the conservation of the butterfly reserve with the help of volunteers.

Project activities

The Butterfly reserve has 12 sanctuaries and 4 of them are open to public. The volunteers mainly be working at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary which is located nearby the town of Angangueo, Michoacán. The work will focus on restructuring the natural habitat of the butterflies in order to prevent the extinction and protect future generations. There will also be activities organized for reforestation, sanitation and cleaning, strengthening the infrastructure by using environment-friendly methods. In addition, the volunteers will be organizing campaigns to increase the awareness of the locals and the tourists.


Lodging Type:


Population: Inhabitants

Closest Bus Station:

CLOSEST STATION: Morelia City, Bus Station

Closest Airport:

CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Mexico City International Airport


Leisure Activities

During their free time, the volunteers can spend time in Morelia city. Morelia is the state capital of Michoacan and it’s a dynamic and beautiful city. Also, Morelia is an increasingly popular destination, and rightly so: the colonial heart of the city is so well preserved that it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1991, and its cathedral is not just gorgeous, it’s inspirational. You can walk in downtown which has many cultural activities and discover the variety of historic buildings and monuments.

Morelia, founded in 1541, was one of the first Spanish cities in Nueva España. The first viceroy, Antonio de Mendoza, named it Valladolid after the Spanish city and he encouraged Spanish nobility to move here with their families. In 1828, after Nueva España had become the Republic of Mexico, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of local hero José María Morelos y Pavón, a key figure in Mexico’s independence.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/western-central-highlands/morelia/introduction#ixzz4WVZJrpPP

Read more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/585/gallery/


Special Requirements:
Available Vegetarian Food': Yes
Available for family: No
Available for volunteers with disabilities: No

Extra fee

The Inscription fee for this project is: €

INCLUDES (only during the project days)

  • Hosting (according to the conditions specified at the project description)
  • 3 meals a day (average 300gr each)
  • Local transportation with project purposes
  • Administration and organization
  • Tools and materials


  • Airfare to Mexico
  • Transportation from international airport to the project place
  • Leisure activities
  • Insurances
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