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Coffee Harvest Delegation in Oaxaca, Mexico

During one week of volunteer work, workshops and discussions with coffee producers and cooperative members we will learn about the challenges of production, commercialization, and community organization in the context of the international coffee trade. Our three working days include harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding and packaging coffee. We will be hosted by and working side by side a family in the Living Earth Coffee Cooperative in Tanetze de Zaragoza, a Zapotec community in the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Juarez.
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Living Earth Coffee Cooperative and C.A.S.A invite you to a week of hands-on, experiential learning about organic coffee production in the Zapotec community of Oaxaca, Mexico.
January 26-February 3 2012

During one week of volunteer work, workshops and discussions with coffee producers and cooperative members we will learn about the challenges of production, commercialization, and community organization in the context of the international coffee trade. Our three working days include harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding and packaging coffee.  We will be hosted by and working side by side a family in the Living Earth Coffee Cooperative in Tanetze de Zaragoza, a Zapotec community in the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Juarez.

Who are we?

Zapotec women in the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca formed the Yu-Van (The Living Earth) Organic Coffee Cooperative in response to the plummet of coffee prices in the early 1990s, which forced many men in the communities to migrate to the cities or to the United States.  Women came together to confront the crisis and founded the cooperative.  During more than ten years of work and experience, the cooperative has sought to improve production and commercialization and struggled with the challenges implicit in community organization.

C.A.S.A Collective works to build solidarity with community-based organizations, social movements and indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico by facilitating educational and work exchanges.

Itinerary

Thursday January 26
Arrival to Oaxaca City- rest, free-time

Viernes 27 de enero
General Orientation
Visit to the Organic Market “El Pochote”
Workshop on Commercialization of Coffee in International Context

Saturday January 28
Travel to Tanetze de Zaragoza

Domingo 29 de enero
Hikes around the community and tours of the coffee fields and other agro-forest products
Overview of Zapotec communities, customs and political organization

Lunes 30 de enero
Harvest-Separation of Fruit from Bean-Drying
History of the Cooperative, difficulties of collective organization, migration, challenges particular to indigenous communities

Tuesday January 31
Harvest-Separation of Fruit from Bean-Drying

Wednesday February 1
Harvest-Roasting-Grinding-Packaging

Thursday February 2
Return to the City- Reflections and Evaluation-Farewell

Friday February 3
Departure

Dietary Concerns
While there will usually be vegetarian options, vegan options are difficult. Flexibility is necessary as it may be difficult to accommodate rigid dietary needs in areas where foods are difficult to get and local customs differ.

Don’t forget to Bring:
Boots, clothes for field work, raingear, sleeping bag, hat, sunblock, mosquito repellent. 

Don’t Bring:
While there will be internet access during the days we are in the City, in the community there is no cellphone reception or internet signal in the home where we will stay, so all electronic items should be left at home.

Important Dates
Confirmation with deposit of 150 USD before Friday January 6, 2012
Program dates: January 26-February 4 2012

*Note: A minimum of 5 people and maximum of 9 people are needed to make up one group.

Please complete the application and send your resume to colectivocasachapulin (at) gmail.com
Keep in mind as you are deciding whether to apply that coffee production is hard work.  Good physical condition and a willingness to work hard while leaving some comforts and privileges behind are necessary.

Application:

Name:
Address:
Telephone number:
Email:
Organizational Affiliation:
School (if applicable):
Spanish language abilities:
General health (please note any health issues or allergies)
Emergency Contact:
Please share with us briefly any community-based and social justice work you have been involved with:
What is your interest in this program?

 

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