Tecate is a charming border town of northern Baja California, Mexico, and is the center of the ancient territory of the Kumiai people, who today live both north and south of this international borderline. The native peoples here including Kumiai, Paipai, Cucapa and Kiliwa Indians have endured several unsuccessful colonization attempts, government marginalization, and assimilation into the modern way of life. These resilient tribes are now reduced to just a few hundred individuals and they are rapidly losing their customs and traditions.
Located less than an hour drive from San Diego, the Rural Ejidos of Tecate are one of Mexico’s most unique cultural institutions. These communal lands still function today in a complex interdependence.
In partnership with the local Kumiai and Mexican ejidos, volunteers will support local indigenous identity by generating awareness and social progress within the border region working to identify, protect, preserve, and restore this precious cultural heritage. This program will give you a unique insight into community leadership techniques.