Katie Boyer is the Volunteer Abroad Director for Go Volunteer Abroad. Go Volunteer Abroad is a community driven website for anyone interested in volunteering abroad, which includes reviews, articles, resources, and more. Follow her at @VolunteeReviews for updates on volunteering abroad.
Katie believes any travel experience can be meaningful and adventurous. She spent several months of fall 2011 in Oaxaca, Mexico living with a host family, practicing Spanish, and volunteering for various organizations. The organization Katie spent most of my time with in Oaxaca, Mundo Ceiba, advocates for environmental consciousness through environmental education and bicycle promotion.
Bicycling for the environment: Gripping my handlebars, I pedal faster and faster, trying to keep up with my new Mexican friend and colleague. The streets I thought I knew feel different by bicycle. More than thirty minutes have gone by and I breathe in open countryside air. As I tired, the final hill was the worst climb of all, but when we finally made it to El Colegio de Bachillero del Estado de Oaxaca, I knew it was worth it.
The Oaxaquean high school is the perfect example of how everyone can make a difference. Mundo Ceiba started a reforestation project with more than 600 students and faculty. After learning about environmental issues in their area, students take charge of planting and caring for several trees. Mundo Ceiba has helped plant thousands of trees in Oaxaca through more than 20 individual projects.
In addition to all of the reforestation work Mundo Ceiba facilitates, the organization in known around town for its regular group bike rides. (I have to admit, these rides were one of the main reasons I was attracted to the organization.) They are a great way to have an adventure in just one night. Riding around the city streets at night with hundreds of other cyclists gets you excited.
What I learned: My experience bicycling in Mexico taught me about environmental consciousness and how to explore a new city without being a tourist. By forgetting my self-conscious fears and riding a borrowed bicycle through the streets of Oaxaca on my daily commute, I immersed myself into Oaxaquean life.
Bicycle culture in Oaxaca, like most of Mexico and Latin America, is almost nonexistent, but Mundo Ceiba is changing that. Through regular reforestation projects, group bike rides, and school presentations, Mundo Ceibas community presence is continually growing. This just shows how volunteer work can take any form throughout an adventure abroad.
Why volunteer on your international adventure?: Volunteering abroad gives you an insight to the daily lives and struggles of another group of people. Instead of using their land solely for your own adventurous and fun purpose, volunteering gives you a chance to learn and give back. Other perks of volunteering abroad include meeting new people from around the world, building your resume and career, and trying something new. It doesnt have to be bicycling in Mexico, whatever your passions are they could change the lives of others in a way you never imagined.
Volunteer work can be incredibly exciting. You can turn any volunteer work or issue into an adventurous challenge. Check out some adventure volunteer trip reviews on Go Volunteer Abroad:
Adventure Heart in Borneo, Malaysia and Merida, Venezuela
Summer Wildlife Adventure in Israel from GoEco
Australian Conservation Adventure Expedition from GVI
African Dream Adventure Safaris
Jakera Adventure Venezuela

Katie Boyer is the Volunteer Abroad Director for Go Overseas Volunteer Abroad. Go Volunteer Abroad is a community driven website for anyone interested in volunteering abroad, which includes reviews, articles, resources, and more. Follow her at @VolunteeReviews for updates on volunteering abroad.

Katie believes any travel experience can be meaningful and adventurous. She spent several months of fall 2011 in Oaxaca, Mexico living with a host family, practicing Spanish, and volunteering for various organizations. The organization Katie spent most of my time with in Oaxaca, Mundo Ceiba, advocates for environmental consciousness through environmental education and bicycle promotion.

Bicycling for the environment: Gripping my handlebars, I pedal faster and faster, trying to keep up with my new Mexican friend and colleague. The streets I thought I knew feel different by bicycle. More than thirty minutes have gone by and I breathe in open countryside air. As I tired, the final hill was the worst climb of all, but when we finally made it to El Colegio de Bachillero del Estado de Oaxaca, I knew it was worth it.

The Oaxaquean high school is the perfect example of how everyone can make a difference. MundoCeiba started a reforestation project with more than 600 students and faculty. After learning about environmental issues in their area, students take charge of planting and caring for several trees. Mundo Ceiba has helped plant thousands of trees in Oaxaca through more than 20 individual projects.

In addition to all of the reforestation work Mundo Ceiba facilitates, the organization in known around town for its regular group bike rides. (I have to admit, these rides were one of the main reasons I was attracted to the organization.) They are a great way to have an adventure in just one night. Riding around the city streets at night with hundreds of other cyclists gets you excited.What I learned: My experience bicycling in Mexico taught me about environmental consciousness and how to explore a new city without being a tourist. By forgetting my self-conscious fears and riding a borrowed bicycle through the streets of Oaxaca on my daily commute, I immersed myself into Oaxaquean life.

Bicycle culture in Oaxaca, like most of Mexico and Latin America, is almost nonexistent, but Mundo Ceiba is changing that. Through regular reforestation projects, group bike rides, and school presentations, Mundo Ceibas community presence is continually growing. This just shows how volunteer work can take any form throughout an adventure abroad.

Why volunteer on your international adventure?: Volunteering abroad gives you an insight to the daily lives and struggles of another group of people. Instead of using their land solely for your own adventurous and fun purpose, volunteering gives you a chance to learn and give back. Other perks of volunteering abroad include meeting new people from around the world, building your resume and career, and trying something new. It doesnt have to be bicycling in Mexico, whatever your passions are they could change the lives of others in a way you never imagined.

Volunteer work can be incredibly exciting. You can turn any volunteer work or issue into an adventurous challenge.Check out some adventure volunteer trip reviews:

Adventure Heart in Borneo, Malaysia and Merida, Venezuela

Summer Wildlife Adventure in Israel from GoEco

Australian Conservation Adventure Expedition from GVI

African Dream Adventure Safaris

Jakera Adventure Venezuela

Hope you enjoyed reading about Katie Boyer’s bicycling adventures through Mexico. If you’ve been inspired to get involved in something similiar to what Katie did be sure to check out our Cycle and Bike Holidaysor we’ve also got plenty of Volunteering Holidays to choose from too. So go on why not take a peek…