Supporting the vocational education of Isla Mujeres and Yucatan youth so that they can have meaningful, financially viable careers.
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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 60 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 7000 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.

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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– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

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

Completed

  • 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

  • $420K USD/year to run the school
    • 270K USD/year from tuition (annual per student)
      • Tuition = $900/year per student
    • $50K USD Donations from local businesses
    • $50K USD Donations from Catholic Church funding
    • $50K USD from the Yucatan Education Project (Seattle)

Contact the Yucatan Education Project For More Information

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