Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Design & Build Mountain Biking Trails to Support Sustainable Ecotourism

Support Life on Land

Skills Needed

  • Conservation
  • Design (Product or Industrial)
  • Leadership
  • Program Management

Estimated workload

Full-time

Language Proficiencies

You must be able to speak English, Spanish.

When Can You Start?

You can start as soon as possible and stay for 1¾ month to 3½ months

Benefits

Accommodation

Project Details


Description and Impact

In our ecotourism line of action, we work with rural communities and Ejidos developing new economic alternatives for a sustainable present. In this project we will expand local MTB trails by 70 km in the next 12 months. The Experteer will play a key role in scouting, evaluating terrain, design, build and test this trail expansion. This project involves hands-on manual work. No heavy machinery available, however local communities will provide the workforce necessary to carry out the build plan. The Experteer will act as project leader and will manage building crews. Will also inteact with other stakeholders like local, regional, and international tour operators to promote visiting the trail system.

The Experteer will pass along your knowledge to build local capacities and enable the community to continue to grow after your project is over.

In the design stage, issues like market orientation and local services will be taken into account.

The Experteer must be well acquainted with international trail building standards and norms (IMBA).

Deliverables

Key success measures are:

  • Trail system designed following international standards and norms. Documents & maps exist for the project as a whole.
  • 70 km are finished and open to riders in a 12 month period.
  • At least two local project participants have learned the trade of trail building.
  • Visits to the new trail system are present and local communties benefit from a new source of income.
  • Forest ecosystems will be better preserved by local communties by demand of visitors of having well conserved areas to ride.

We Provide These Local Benefits


Benefits Overview

  • Accommodations
  • Learning Opportunity

Accommodation

A single bedroom with bathroom and hot shower will be provided in a small apartment or rBnB town house with in the city of Valle de Bravo. Typically the room will have a single bed, closet, and work table.

Access to the kitchen is not guaranteed but we will aim to find a location that includes the kitchen..

Bedsheets will be cleaned and changed once a week.

Room clean up is up to the Experteer.

Learning Opportunity

You will experience rural living in Mexico first had. You will be impacted by the beauty of our natural ecosystems yet realize the hardship rural communities face in day to day life. You will learn about our local culture, light sense of humor and our permanent thrive to conservation of our natural resources. You will see tremendous economic contrast in the Valle de Bravo area, the very rich with their weekend town houses and ranches and the very poor living a few hills away.

Participating in local fairs and traditions will make you understand our history and character a lot better.

You will learn about the great work that NGO´s do in serveral areas to build a sustainable community.

You will experience kindness from the hard working rural families.

Additional Benefits

Valle de Bravo is a bustling weekend tourist town. If you love nature and the outdoors, Valle is a great place for you. It is a safe historic town and we like to make friends. The Experteer will have many opportunities to meet interesting people and learn new skills, visit several local attractions.

Mexico city is only a 2-hour drive by bus and weekends offer an opportunity to visit the country capital.

Being a historic town, religious festivities and local fairs take over town several times a year.

The weather is warm in spring - summer and fall and only cool in winter (6° C min and only nights).  It does rain a lot in the summer with heavy afternoon showers June to September.

Mexican food is at is best in Valle de Bravo. A variety of local dishes specialized in trout and mushrooms are a delight to all.

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