Protection and conservation of the Monarch Butterfly's habitat in Mexico

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)




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 inhabitants of the region contributed to deforestation in the area as it is their main source of income. The project aims to support the conservation of the butterfly reserve with the help of volunteers.

The Butterfly reserve has 12 sanctuaries and 4 of them are open to the public. The volunteers will be working mainly 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 locals and tourists.

The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

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 the local hero José María Morelos y Pavón, a key figure in Mexico’s independence.

Project dates:   July 4 - July 17, 2018

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CADIP International Volunteer Program:


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

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Call in USA: 646-657-2900; 617-841-0400; 310-882-7400

Call in Canada: 416-943-4900; 514-316-8500; 604-628-7400