Educational Travel Programs

Swimming in a jungle waterfall

During the last year, all Schools for Chiapas travel programs to Chiapas, Mexico have been suspended due to COVID -19.  However during the summer and fall of 2021 (under very strict pandemic protocols), we are again accepting a few highly motivated volunteers to live and learn in selected Zapatista communities of Chiapas.

If you are interested in joining one of these programs, or to serve as a volunteer Human Rights Observer in Chiapas, Mexico, please fill-out our travel application  at your earliest convenience!


Durante el último año, todos los programas de viaje de Escuelas para Chiapas a Chiapas, México han sido suspendidos debido a COVID -19. Sin embargo, durante el verano y el otoño de 2021 (bajo protocolos muy estrictos de la pandemia), Escuelas para Chiapas está aceptando de nuevo algunos voluntarios altamente motivados para vivir y aprender en comunidades zapatistas seleccionadas de Chiapas.

Si estás interesado en unirte a uno de estos programas, o en servir como observador voluntario de derechos humanos en Chiapas, México, por favor llena nuestra solicitud de viaje lo más pronto posible.


General Information About Our Non-Pandemic Travel

Most Schools for Chiapas trips involve rustic living in breathtakingly beautiful locations with other engaged internationals. By request, we do also sponsor caravans and delegations based in the comforts of lovely San Cristóbal, with visits to indigenous communities. 

Types of travel programs


Schools for Chiapas hosts a variety of ecological delegations, study trips, and service work programs for families, friends, students, and political activists into the civilian centers of the Mayan Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico. Each Schools for Chiapas trip provides an excellent opportunity to engage personally with  Zapatista community members; these vibrant communities welcome this exchange with warm and open hearts. We invite you to learn from this unique first-hand experiencing of life in the autonomous, indigenous communities of the cloud forest highlands and tropical jungles of the Mexican southeast.

Your trip fees help support Zapatista educational programs in literacy, health, agroecology, women’s empowerment and solidarity economies.

Specialty Trips: Schools for Chiapas also organizes specifically -arranged study trips, work delegations and activists’ caravans for community, labor, high school, university, church, and specific interest groups. Since 1994, Schools for Chiapas has organized more than a 100 trips involving thousands of people from more than thirty countries to Mayan communities in locations throughout the state of Chiapas.

Travel delegation at school

University and College Travel Programs: SFC offers unique travel programs for universities, professors, alumni and students wishing to travel in Chiapas, Mexico. These include school-building programs, mural painting experiences, colonial city seminars, cultural immersions in remote indigenous villages, and excursions to the astounding ancient cities of the Mayan peoples. After 20 years of work with colleges and universities, SFC offers personalized planning and logistics for individual travelers and institutional travel programs. 

Frequently asked travel questions: Please read this section carefully and let us know if one of your questions (or those of your family and friends) has been left unanswered.

Application for travel:  Sign up now for a trip which is already scheduled or help us organize a special program to help you meet the Zapatistas on your own schedule. Join us today!

What to bring to Chiapas: Everything you’ve forgotten since you first traveled to summer camp!