The beginning of July, as our young participants finished the school year, marked the start of Movida’s summer camp 2019, second year in the running. The initial workshops which took place 3 times of week in the community of Chumpon, focused on introducing participants to the concept and life ability of emotional intelligence. Thanks to the intervention of Centro Ambar, participants discovered how in addition to developing neurological intelligence, knowing your emotions and how to manage them is crucial for a successful and happy life.

Using dynamic exercises,role playing, drawing, using play-do, balloons and more, we got to explore an emotion per session such as fear, sadness, guilt, love and joy. Together we learned how all emotions are necessary and positive if well managed. Our last session concluded on the concept of resilience: how observing the difficult experiences that comes to us and recognizing our emotion is useful to help us make positive modifications to our lives and grow stronger.

Thank you very much Marissa and Brenda from Centro Ambar for making us all more resilient.

In parallel to the sessions on emotional intelligence, Alejandra, our new facilitator sponsored by Colibri Boutique hotels, presented to us the importance of science and legends as ways to make sense of the environment. Our young participants got to make scientific experiments such as making our own Newtonian fluid to understand what is matter, placing bags on trees to understand climate, mixing milk and Coca-Cola to understand the formations of rocks and much, much more. Juggling between games, documentaries, experiments, art and reading of legends and myths, we talked about climate change, the environmental services of the different ecosystems that surround us, the aquifer that connects them all, the history of Yucatan and how is was formed and the amazing fauna that surrounds us.  Our participants not only got to understand their immediate environment better, but they were blown away by the fact that some of the biggest mammals of the ice age and early humans were discovered just here where we live.

Thank you so much Alejandra, you made learning incredibly fun!

As part of Movida’s specific objectives, we also aim to complement basic educational knowledge to include English. A 5 part Intensive English workshop, set the scene by changing our Palapa in a completely English speaking environment. Participants were encouraged to be, speak, read and play all in English starting with the creation of their own personal books/passports as a way of learning how to present themselves. Here if we don’t speak English, no one will answer us!

Thank you, Kim, a lovely English teacher for sharing your energy and your language with our young participants!

Participation in the Art with Me festival, Tulum (April 2019)

From the 24th to 28th April, Movida Maya was invited to the Art With Me Festival which took place in Tulum, to collaborate with the artist Fando Criez.

Fando has previously come to Chumpón to work with the young participants of Movida on a the collective mural project that would be painted "live" during the festival.

Together, they decided to paint Maria Uicab, priestess and leader during the Caste War which marked the Yucatan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

On Saturday April 27th, the young people arrived o the Casa de la Cultura in Tulum (House of Culture), to start the mural based on the preparation they had previously done with Fando. They also got to participate in various other workshops taking place on site focusing on how to protect our environment (documentary screening and debates, virtual reality workshop on pollution, ceramics, concerts, exhibition , ...).

1st edition of our Art and Mural Festival in Chumpón (April 2019)

Our month of April was very animated, in particular with the organization of our first edition of the Art and Mural Festival in Chumpón.

The young participants of Movida Maya helped organize a small three day art festival in the main square of Chumpón, allowing villagers to participate and explore their artistic side.

The program:

  • Painting of 4 murals in the main square thanks to the participation artists collective Tinasah, from Tulum.

  • Storytelling Workshop with Letras Itinerantes

  • Break dance workshop with Eduar and his cousins, teenagers from Chumpón

  • Sports and games workshop with our Movida Mayas participants on the basketball court

  • Hula hoop workshop

  • Drawing and painting classes

  • Monologue with Trash Barbasura, designer of clothes with garbage.

Survey on waste management in the community (MARCH 2019)

After several months of exploring environmental issues, problems of waste and the possible environmental solutions, Movida Maya encouraged its young participants to question the waste management practices of the residents of Chumpón. The objectives of the survey was that, by understanding the waste behaviour at a local level, the young participants would be best suited to design the appropriate messages to influence the local community towards caring for the environment.

Anaïs and Julie, sociologist and anthropologist respectively, taught the young participants how to carry out qualitative and quantitative methods for conducting surveys. They learned how to design a research questionnaire, formulate the questions in a specific way and look for variables to answer them. The survey questionnaire was designed to answer two main questions:

  • What are the practices of Chumpón residents in terms of waste management?

  • How do the inhabitants of Chumpón perceive their village in terms of pollution, cleanliness and unhealthiness?

We spent two days doing theater and improvisation exercises so that the young people were ready and confident to carry out their questionnaires in the town.

For a week, they went from house to house to interview the head of families and villagers (over 15 years old only), whist using another key survey method: observation.

The survey data was coded by Anaïs and Julie and we interpreted the first results together with the young researchers!

This sociological work will allow our young people to have a deeper understanding of the issues facing their village and evaluate the best way to act within their village to reduce pollution and improve the environmental situation.

International Day for the Rights of Women (March 8, 2019)

March the 8th was the International Day for Women's Rights. It was an opportunity for us to address issues such as: gender equality, femininity and masculinity, gender violence, human rights, ...

To address these new, sometimes sensitive, issues, we welcomed Alexandra, a member of Valores Mujeres.

With our young people, Alexandra approached, through game playing notions of masculine and feminine stereotypes.

They did an introspective exercise to understand the effects of education and the family on the perception we have of ourselves, but also of the opposite gender.

Then we talked about gender based violence through storytelling followed by an open debate.

The session finished with a meditation prctice.

Field trip : Mayan history & coastal ecosystems (23-02-2019)

During our amazing and unforgettable fieldtrip with our young participants, they had the opportunity to discovered part of their history through the visit of the archeological site of Tulum. They were impressed by the amount of tourists that come from many corners of the earth just to learn about their immediate history and legacy. We enjoyed the views of the ocean and the sounds of the waves whilst learning about how Maya people in the port of Tulum were organized, what were their habitats, how they managed their resources and learned about some of their traditions and world vision.

The day continued on the beach to explore the coastal ecosystems where we did a snorkeling initiation to discover what lies beneath the sea: from marine life, corals and also (unfortunetly) the amount of contamination! Some of them were suprised by the taste of the water: “-It´s salty”! In fact, 21% of our young participants never go to the beach. 32% of them rarely go there (once a year or less).

We appreciated a delicious ceviche for lunch and we continued with a beach cleaning activity. We collected quantities of waste and realized the urgency of protecting our planet.

We ended the day in Tulum town to a rewarding and delicious ice cream !

Thank you to Mexico Kan Tours Tulum Riviera Maya Eco Tours And Taqueria La eufemia for making this outing possible!

Thank you to Chamicos Tulum for welcoming us and for offering us delicious limonades! Thank you to La Calypso Diving Center for the life jackets, thank you to Panna e cioccolato for the delicious ice creams!

Thanks to our guides Miguel Amar and Alejandro Ríos, from Mexico Kan Tours, for dedicating their day to our young people, sharing their knowledge and passion for culture and nature!

Environmental ACTIONS - January-March 2019

Much of the focus of the last few months has been on introducing our young participants to the major threats that face their immediate environment, and what solutions they can initiate in their community. The main environmental issue that they identified in their village was that of waste production and lack of management.

Thanks to the participation of Emilian Zarazua of La Red Sostenible, we explored the 5Rs (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Respect, Reject) and how to apply it in our daily life. The following workshops were designed in such a way that our young participants learned practical solutions corresponding to each Rs.

Together we learned about the different types of waste that exists, where it comes from, where it ends up and in what way it represents a threat. We carried out various cleaning activities and learned about separating our waste in the new containers aimed at recycling.

We painted wooden signs to place around the Movida palapa in order to share the most important messages to influence waste management behaviour.

Together we decorated “refill bottles”, understanding the huge problem of plastic consumption and how reducing it is the priority solution especialy in the absence of proper waste collection and management.

With the help of No Mas Plastik (Lessly Cuevo), we continued with bulding “Eco-blocks” made out of all the non recycable, non usable waste from their home/village . Each participants continued their eco-blocks at home involving their family and neighbors. After 3 weeks we had enough blocks build our very own plant bed.

With our specialist in gardening Fernando, we started to plant (edible plants, flowers and small trees) and learned about making a compost with our organic waste.

Our days were also busy with English sessions, thanks to our volunteer Kim, and a music session with Vincent Van Sull, support to homework but also free times with some didactic games and activities.

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. But also an amazng mural talking about their identity and “what they don’t want to loose from their community”.

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