Each year over 39.3 million visitors travel to Mexico, which ranks it 6th in the world in total tourism. Since 1987, Youth With A Mission has hosted more than 100,000 participants in different parts of Mexico. None of our participants, groups, or staff have experienced any incidents of violent crime. We credit God’s mercy and our operating principles as being the key reasons for our longstanding safety record.
We appreciate the trust that is extended to us every time a group joins us in serving those impoverished here in Mexico, and we work hard to make sure that our trips are as safe as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to assist in any way that we can.
Fill out our inquiry form at the bottom of the page, and we'll walk with you through the process of bringing a team down to build with us.
There are many impoverished families here in Mazatlan. As much as we wish we could help everyone, we have a set of criteria to help us focus our efforts on those with the most need, and those who stand the highest chance of benefiting from a house.
Location – Families need to live in one of three specific neighborhoods in order to receive a home. Homes of Hope works in the same neighborhoods in order to build relationships with the local people and churches and help oversee long-term change.
Land - The family must either own their land or be making adequate payments on it. Families must be able to prove that the property they own is their only existing property.
Values Courses - Because of the overwhelming amount of applications we receive, families must complete a values course created by YWAM Mazatlan prior to receiving a home. Through weekly classes, the families are personally coached through topics such as stewardship, family values, Godly parenting, and leadership. The goal of the values courses is to teach families how take care of their new homes, encourage the emotional health of all the family members, and inspire them to go on and help others in the community.
Income - While there is not a set “minimum income”, we are looking for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide a home for themselves. The typical income of families in these communities is between $100-$200 USD a month.
Living conditions - Each applicant is interviewed on their property in order to get an understanding of their current living situation. Priority is given to families with young children and those in more precarious situations.
The ideal team is made up of 10-15 people per home (we can build up to 3 homes at once). However, we do accept teams smaller or larger – it is just necessary to communicate with our registrar about your team size.
In Mazatlan, the cool season lasts for about three and a half months, from mid December to the end of March, with an average daily temperature between 65° and 81°F – definitely the best time to be working in the sun! The hot season, on the other hand, lasts from June to the end of October, with an average daily high temperature of close to 90°F. More than hot, Mazatlan is humid: average humidity is between 70 and 85%. It may be a little stickier than you’re used to, but at least our base is located right across the street from the ocean!
Yes! The construction experience is awesome for all ages. The A and B builders on site are there to issue tasks to everyone, including kids. If the day becomes tiring and attention spans start to run low, there are almost always children from the neighborhood around to play with! It is incredible to see how helping a family can positively impact a child. You’re never too young to make a difference in someone else’s life!
Check out our blog here --> Why You Should Bring Your Kids on a Homes of Hope Build