The community of Volcanes is located inland 45 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta and about 15 minutes further inland from the city dump. The area has only limited services and it does not have clean drinking water - it is where the poorest go to live.

The Volcanes Community Education Program is providing additional education free of charge to students (outside of the public funded school system) to give the poor children of this community an additional opportunity to learn in order to enhance their chances for better employment and to allow them to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty!

Volcanes Public Primary School has an enrollment of 250 students in the morning shift and about 120 in the afternoon shift.  Their curriculum expects that the students will each receive 3 hours of English classes each week and 1 hour of computer classes per week, but there are no English teachers for this primary school and there is no funding available for computers for the students!!!

The Volcanes Community Education Project provides English and Computer classes for these students as to secure better employment and earn higher wages as the best jobs in Puerto Vallarta require these skills, in addition to a basic education.  

The Project is offering English and computer classes for approximately 150 students in grades 3 through 6 during their regular school hours. Thanks to the Isa Mundo Foundation of Vancouver, BC and the Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park, 20 new state-of-the-art laptop computers, as well as other equipment, have been donated to the Project and now each of the 20 students in the computer class has their own computer to use, to learn!

The focus is to develop a "Community Education Project" available to all people living in Volcanes.

In November 2013, the new Community Library was inagurated, having been constructed in the 4th classroom at the "old" Volcanes school. The library is available for all to use - adults and children, students and non-students - to borrow books in Spanish and in English. Furture plans also include computer classes for adults.

Books have been donated by the Rotary Club of Anchorage East, Alaska, and UNIVA in Puerto Vallarta, in addition to private donations. There are now books in English and Spanish for readers of all ages.

To view the presentation of the Inauguration of the Volcanes Community Library, please visit our Past Projects page.

All funding for the Volcanes Community Education Project is solely by way of donations - donations which are continually needed to keep the Project and its programs operational.

School supplies are always needed for the children participating in our educational programs. If you are traveling to Puerto Vallarta and wish to bring some school supplies, below is our “Wish List” which you can download and print. If you do wish to donate school supplies but do not wish to carry them in your luggage, you are welcome to purchase supplies for donation in Puerto Vallarta.

Feel free to download the additional information below or Contact Us for more information or to support this project.


Updated: August 2014