Educational Travel Programs

Swimming in a jungle waterfall


Schools for Chiapas travel to Chiapas has been suspended due to COVID -19. If you are interested in and receiving updates, and traveling with us in the future, fill out your travel application and we will keep you apprised of upcoming opportunities!

See our upcoming travel opportunities!

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. No special language skills are required as full translations are always provided collectively. If you are interested in scheduling a delegation visit for a group, fill out our travel application or contact us.

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!