VOLUNTEER

If you are a creative, motivated individual who wants to improve your understanding of migration and make a difference, Casa Monarca is the place for you. We are looking for volunteers who believe in the fundamental right of all individuals to cross international borders in order to improve their lives, and who are willing to help fight for the protection, empowerment, and human rights of migrants. Our volunteer schedule is flexible and personalized; each volunteer is free to choose when and how to help best. Spanish recommended but not required.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Take part of a process protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of migrants regardless of their migratory status.
  • Meet, host, and get to know migrants, and help us ensure a sensitive, humane, dignified, gender-responsive, and prompt reception for all migrants arriving at Casa Monarca.
  • Form close bonds with staff and fellow volunteers.
  • Witness first-hand the lives and experiences of migrants from the Northern Triangle in the railway when you deliver humanitarian aid.
  • Develop and implement your own ideas and projects that uphold and promote our values.
  • Help enact policies relating to the integration and inclusion of migrants in conjuction with other civil society organizations (including faith-based groups, the private sector, employer´s and worker´s organizations, and other stakeholders).
  • Conduct academic research that will help educate and inform the public about migration and thus combat xenophobia and racism.
  • Design and teach local classes to help raise awareness and combat the biases and lack of information that lead to discrimination against migrants.
  • (For Law, Politics, Government, or International Relation college students) Assist our legal team in the protection of the human rights of all refugees and migrants regardless of their legal status, particularly children separated from their families.

 

Volunteer Commitment

We recognize and will adress, in accordance with our obligations under international law, the needs of all migrants in vulnerable situations, including women at-risk, children (especially those who are separated from their families), victims of violence, elderly people, people with disabilities, people who are discriminated against on any basis, indigenous people, victims of human trafficking, and victims of exploitation and abuse in the context of the smuggling of migrants. We will oppose any policy which criminalizes cross-border movement, and we will fight xenophobia, racism, and discrimination in our society. We will take measures in order to improve the integration and inclusion of migrants, and to increase access to education, healthcare, and justice, knowing that these measures will reduce the risk of the marginalization of migrants.

DONATIONS

Kitchen

  • Condiments (mole sauce, puree, garlic, pepper, cumin, chicken or tomato cubes)
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Oil
  • Canned tuna
  • Pasta
  • Hairnets
  • Face masks
  • Disposable spoons and forks
  • Napkins
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic wrap/cling film
  • Water bottles (500m)

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shampoo
  • Hand and body cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitary pads/tampons
  • Sunscreen

 

Personal Items: Men

  • Pants (sizes 28-34)
  • Shirts (CH, M, G)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Athletic shoes

Personal Items:  Women

  • Pants (sizes 7-12)
  • Shirts (CH, M, G)
  • Underwear
  • Athletic shoes

Personal Items: Children

  • Pants (sizes 2-12)
  • Shorts (sizes 2-12)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Athletic shoes

Personal Items: Infants

  • Pants (6-24m)
  • Shorts (sizes 4-6)
  • Shirts (sizes 4-6)
  • Socks (6-24m)
  • Shoes (sizes 12-14)

PROJECTS

We are always open to new ways of collaborating and expanding our network. If you have an idea, project or something to offer for the benefit of the migrant population and/or our work, please send us a proposal. You must include your contact information, name of the institution or organization to which you belong (if applicable), a schedule of when you want to work on this project and an explanation (description, objectives, and expected results) of the project. One page minimum.

Send the document (with project title Proposed_Project) to: e.amygarcia@gmail.com

We will respond to your application as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest in being part of the Casa Monarca team!