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Associacion Comunitaria De Autosuficiencia A.c. Charity Profile
ACÁ is an agricultural education association that fosters development of self-sufficiency in Mexican communities. Founded by two Canadian women, Marie Pruden and Wendy Hill, ACÁ is a registered Mexican Non-Profit organization, governed by an all-female Board of Directors.
ACÁ Mission Statement: To assist Mexican communities in the experience of sustainable resource management, teaching and developing co-operative community markets and opportunities from the ground up.
At ACÁ, we:
Teach safe organic agriculture techniques.
Teach water, land and natural resource conservation.
Create co-operative markets.
Encourage public interest in safe agriculture and organic practices.
Create a sense of stewardship towards the environment.
Create a sustainable micro-economy.
Unite local, national, and international interest groups in this pursuit.
100% of the net proceeds from our growing and organic cooperative efforts go to support the many ACÁ multi-cultural community programs in our area. In addition, ACÁ donates produce and time to such worthy organizations as orphanages, retirement homes and nursing facilities.
ACA strives to successfully improve the quality of life in Mexican communities through hands-on training in practical organic farming using sustainable soil and water preservation practices.
The trained graduates than return to their communities where they become the trainers. This multiplier effect becomes the catalyst to development and long-term sustainable self sufficiency. ACA programs promote eco-safe solutions at the community level and provide garden development, support and ecologically sound standards which conserve natural resources.
Associacion Comunitaria De Autosuficiencia A.c. Volunteer Information
The ACÁ Eco Center organic training farm in Jaltepec, Jalisco Mexico hosts interns working in a wide variety of capacities. All interns are initiated in a range of basic experiences onsite, including hands on fieldwork such as weeding, seeding, planting, washing, packaging and selling the organic produce, they learn about each of the sustainability models. Long term interns (after 3 months) are then placed into their area of interest and specialization in ACÁ program areas with specific goals to complete. We invest a great deal of time with hands on training of interns and design the internship to meet each person's goals, making the best use of their time & talents.
As a grassroots project we are limited by a shoe string budget and depend on resourcefulness and creativity as we focus on ACÁ current and each intern is involved in raising funds as well. The organic training farm is open year-round and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:30 and Saturday until 3:00.
The work is not easy and is not recommended for those looking for easy travel options. Our interns work hard and are kept very busy, they are provided with safe internship opportunities, room & board is available, and it's a great opportunity to learn and practice Spanish. Potential areas for hardworking, dedicated, and motivated interns working in our 2004-2005 projects include community projects to teach safe agriculture and offer outreach in communities, with women, farmers, schoolyards and an orphanage.
Interns are placed in one the following areas after the initial onsite three month training period. Preferences given to bi-lingual applicants and long term applicants with related experience. We invite interested applicants to submit resumes and a personal letter at any time of year. Employment references are required and checked.