Supporting the vocational education of Isla Mujeres and Yucatan youth so that they can have meaningful, financially viable careers.

Our Vision

To create an awareness among the population that education is a viable alternative for getting ahead in life.
  • Yearly ~ 300 kids start high school but only 51 finish.
  • Students quit school to work, to make money or because their families can’t pay for school.
  • Higher quality local Jobs are taken by residents of Cancun. Local kids don’t have the skills.
  • Approximately 70% people come daily from Cancun to work on the Isla.

Island graduation rates

  • Only half of kids finish K-8 and attend high school.
  • Students also drop out because they have no aspirations for college or higher paying careers.

No Higher education available

  • It costs 84 pesos (approx. $4) to get to Cancun and back plus transportation and food. Minimum wage in Mexico is only 88 pesos per day.
  • Poorer families can’t afford to leave the Island, leaving them with no access to education.

Education options are needed

  • There are only six K-8 and two high schools on the island.
  • No vocational schools exist on the Isla
  • A University accessible to students on the Isla who want to acquire  applicable skills that lead to solid employment is a necessity.

About Our School

Watch this short video to learn more about Universidad Sacro Cuore Isla Mujeres

University Plan

  • Initial planning has been completed by Padre Raul – a widely respected Priest on Isla Mujeres
  • Consulting with local universities Anahuac, LaSalle and Chetumal
  • Management team and teachers selected
  • Local businesses to provide internships
  • Goal: Train local residents to become teachers

Areas of study

On-island education will be available for 300 young men and women in the following areas:

  • Hotel management
  • Languages
  • Computer science
  • Gastronomy
  • Tourism

Capacity for Students


Available for Isla Residents

Future Locations

Our Goal: Expansion Across the Peninsula

Future schools will be located in:

  • Holbox  | A Tropical Island to the North
  • Tihosuco | Inland, Eco-tourism Center with Ancient Churches
  • Mahahual | An east coast city which hosts 7+ Cruise Ships Daily
  • Bacalar  | Laguna de los Siete Colores

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Facilities and Funding

Campus Outline

The Isla Mujeres main campus Will include

  • Administrative Offices
  • Computer Lab
  • Instructional Kitchen
  • Model Hotel Room
  • 15 Classrooms
  • Library
  • Auditorium
funding required

Operations and Construction


  • Offices and Labs funded by Expat Donors – $200K

To Be Completed

  • 3 Buildings – $300K USD Needed
  • Furniture, Technology & Supplies $300K USD Needed


Total Funding Required by June 2019 to Finish Construction

$300K from Local Businesses

$300K from Yucatan Education Project

Total Funding Required Operate the School

  • $400K USD/year to run the school
  • $270K USD/year from tuition (annual per student)
  • Tuition = $1000/year per student
  • $50K USD from the Yucatan Education Project (Seattle)
  • $50K USD Donations from local businesses

Contact the Yucatan Education Project For More Information

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