EnvironmentAL EDUCation and Leadership - October-December 2018

Since October 2018, we began our annual program in the Maya community of Chumpón.
This semester pays particular attention to our module on the "environment", with specific workshops on the notion of "leadership".

Every Mondays and Wednesdays, we offer workshops and activities to young people from the community.
From 10am to 1pm, we are with young adults over 16 years of age.
From 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, we are with young adolescents between 12 and 15 years old.

Every week we have special guests and specific themes to work on: the biggest threats to their immediate environment, the problems generated by plastic, and on becoming leaders of conservation in your community, etc…

Thanks to the participation of the non profit organization Letras Itinerantes A.C and the use of literature and story telling, the participants of Movida worked on exploring their emotions, self knowledge and self esteem as the backbone for leadership, .

Alaniz, an artist from Tulum, then engaged the young people on developing confidence, trust and creativity through painting their auto-portrait.

Thanks to Iván Gutiérrez López, cultural promoter in Tulum, an introduction to the threats faced by the environment and potential small scale solutions were subsequently discussed.

discovery of the mayan INland : Field trip to discover our environment, our heritage and how to conserve it

To close the summer program, we offered a field trip to the Mayan inland to our participants. Objective: Discover their environment and how communities initiatives were developed into conservation projects. They learned about local ecosystems, endemic animals, sustainable living, and about the Mayan underworld.
We thank everyone who has supported us in making this day possible. It was an incredible day, full of discoveries, laughs and adventures.

Special Thanks to :
- Yaan Spa Tulum, I Scream Bar Tulum , Clan-Destino Tulum for your financial support to our program and Batey Bar Tulum for your financial support to this field trip.
- Mexico Kan Tours for your operational support
- Ulysses for providing us the delicious food and Pan Comido Tulum por los snacks !
- Carlos Hernandez, Melike transports and his driver Antonio, Mayan coast transports and his driver Nicolas for offering us the transportation and for driving us so carefully
- Uma Nojoch Kéej, Manuel and his family for welcoming our young teenagers and for inspiring us with your dedication and work
- Cenote Esmeralda in Nuevo Durango for caring for all of us in the water
- Punta Laguna Reserva for guiding us through the rainforest and sharing your work with us
- Esteban Pliego, Alejandro Rios y Ocho, our amazing guides! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and passion with them!
- Sergio Barron for offering us the tee-shirts !
- Kimberly Rivero for being our volunteer for the English class and for helping us during this field trip!

***YUM BO'OTIK ***


32 young people from the Mayan community of Chumpón signed up to follow the summer program of Movida Maya. Every Monday and every Wednesday of July and August, we offered workshops to young people aged between 11 and 16 years old. The summer program was part of our annual program and focused on the thematic of the “environment” and the discovery of their immediate surroundings.

The various workshops covered:
- Orientation, locating oneself in the world (atlas, globe, map, geography ...)
- Knowing your environment (ecosystems, climate, ...)
- Learning about the animal kingdom (groups of animals, endemic animals, threatened animals, ...)
- Birds world (observation, groups of birds, endemic birds ...)
- Water in the Yucatan (resource, challenges, conservation ...)
- Threats and solutions for our environment

They learned through books, games, maps, didactic materials, exhibitions. But above all, we received several special guests such as:
- Bird specialist Jorge Machado Castro of Green Maya Tulum who shared his passion for birds through legends
- Environmentalist, nature guide and specialist of endemic birds Miguel Amar de Mexico Kan Tours
- Biologist Alejandro Lopez of Centinelas del Agua A.C, to talk about water issues and understand the urgent challenges to protect our aquifers.
- Artists Patricia Pagnucco and Juan Felipe Cespedes Lopez with whom they discovered the art world and learned more about animals through painting.

TWO DAYS of workshops to discover literature (JULY 2018)


At the beginning of July, we received the non profit organization Letras Itinerantes whose aim is to encourage reading from a young age throughout the country, focusing on marginalized areas to include Mayan communities.

For two days, the young participants of the Movida Maya program discovered the Mexican poet and Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz. They practiced reading poetry and interpreting it. Every participant went on to writing their own poem.


They worked on printing techniques on fabrics, to explore the words that they like. They explored the meaning of words and learned a technique to make their impressions on canvas.
Thank you to Letras Itinerantes for offering these two days to our young participants. They loved it and adore the books they received from you!


After the heavy rains that struck Quintana Roo in early June, the community of Chumpón where Movida works was heavily flooded,  washing away the belongings of the families and forcing approximately 70 people out of their homes.

As Movida has been working in the community since January, we immediately decided to respond to the flood crisis by calling for donations based on the immediate needs of the community.

Movida coordinated closely with actors such as the civil protection and Marina to ensure delivery of the items which included hygiene products, nappies, food and clothes to the most affected

After one week, water levels decreased and families returned home. Although life seems to return to normal, the floods have affected their livelihoods over the long term.

Their pitahaya fields, principle source of economy, have been destroyed and their livestock and honey bees have died.

Movida will continue to monitor the needs of the community and assess its contribution to the recovery of the community’s livelihood with its program.


Your support will allow Movida Maya to answer to the immediate needs of the families affected by the floods, such as: insect repellent, mosquito net, hygiene products, women’s product. baby milk, food and livelihood support such as the purchase of small livestock - chickens, pigs, bees…


The Festival Art with Me, in Tulum, offered a visibility and the organization of an exhibition to Movida Maya.

This exhibition is the result of the workshop "images and identity" (see below) where the Mayan young participants interrogated the image means and meet a professional photographer.


Through photography and the participation of the professional photographer Anna Fishkin, , the young participants of Movida Maya explored during few weeks, their own perception of their village, their traditions and their identity.




The workshop "images and identity" was built through the projects "Youth Leadership" and "Cultural Identity". The activity was carried out with a group of 8 young people of 15 years old from the community of Chumpón.

The workshop, which took place over 5 weeks (one day per week), wanted to understand young people's own perception of their people, their traditions and their identity. Through the art of photography, young people were able to illustrate, through their photos, their own perceptions of their identity and their community.

During a first day, the young people explored the notion of image and interrogated the perception that each one can have of the same image. They learned to interrogate the image and explore their own critical sense. During the second and third day, they found a professional photographer, Anna Fishkin. They explored their work together and discovered the profession of photographer.

During those two days, they were each with cameras, and with the help of the photographer, to take pictures, answering several questions (What do you want to tell others about your community, Illustrate your daily life, Take a picture that represents joy in your community, take a picture of the place you like most ...).

On the fourth and fifth day, they filled out a "photo diary" with their own photos and illustrated their favorite photos with legends.

Through this project, the association wants to promote young people's values f self-confidence, aspirations for their future, well-being and artistic expression.

Also, the objective was that they share their personal visions of their identity, traditions and reconnect with local history.

First workshops with the students of the secondary school of Chumpón (MARCH 2018)

Start of the program (test phase) in the secondary school of the Mayan community of Chumpón.

Activity to know each others and find a trust relationship. Discovering their vision of their village, their aspirations and dreams.

January to March 2018

o   Selection of the community(ies) where Movida will be implemented

o   Design of the program and of the activities with objectives on the long term

o   Partnership development with the selected communities to start the project

September- December 2017

o   Ethnographic research: Implementation of a qualitative method in Mayan communities (Chunyaxché, Macario Gomez, Nuevo Durango, Tihosuco, Chumpon, Chunon, Chunya, Tepich...)

o   Realization of semi structured Interviews, focus group discussions, participative diagnosis exercises with key informants: elders, men, women, young people, workers, unemployed people, people with disabilities…) and of other community actors (community leaders, school teachers, ejidetarios, community organizations, Save the Children Tulum, Centro communitario La Ceiba, Osa Mayor, Los amigos de la Esquina…)



o   Development of a fundraising and administrative plan

o   Partnership development

o   Fundraising and Promotion activities


July-August 2017

o   Analysis of the social context and intervention zone

o   Bibliography review, analysis of current statistics, primary field visits (observation and orientation)



Pictures by Movida Maya A.C