BORDER AND CANYON NESTS
Our two Tijuana Nests are safe, engaging spaces where young children (1–6 years old) can play and explore. They are a peaceful refuge from the overcrowded living conditions that families endure as they wait for their immigration interviews at the US Border. Equipped with open-ended materials that spark creativity and curiosity, our Nests offer children what all children are entitled to ensure healthy development – the right to play. Away from the shelter where each family shares a single bed and conversations amongst adults are always within earshot of children, Border and Canyon Nests are protected spaces free of adult concerns. They are places where children can be children!
Border Nest is located across the street from a family shelter in a working-class, urban neighborhood, 15 minutes from the border. There, 175 people live in 3 rooms while they await asylum. The Border Nest is a 2-story house offering both a preschool program and parent-toddler program serving approximately 35 children, Thursdays through Mondays.
Canyon Nest is tucked away in a peaceful canyon 30 minutes from the border. It is housed on a sprawling property where a diverse community of over 200 South American, Central American and Haitian refugees live together awaiting resettlement. At a time when fewer and fewer refugees are gaining asylum, the wait at Canyon Nest is often long, and for some, indefinite. The Canyon Nest serves 50 children Mondays through Fridays.
Like all of our Nests, The Tijuana Project is staffed by International Volunteers (teachers and other professionals from around the world) and Local Volunteers (the population we serve – in this case, the refugees themselves). All Nesters participate in a training program in trauma-informed practices and PILA's pedagogical approach to education.
6 EASY STEPS TO BECOMING A NESTER
1. Make the commitment to do it! There is a 5-day minimum stay, though we encourage you to stay longer.
2. Choose which Nest you prefer – Border Nest or Canyon Nest.
3. Check date availability below and complete the application form.
4. Wait for your official confirmation.
5. Schedule your online 2-hour orientation.
6. Start packing!
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Volunteers are responsible for their own housing and transportation. For information about local options, please write to us at email@example.com.
NESTING WITH TEENS
PILA recognizes the great benefit young adults experience when involved in service projects. From building cultural awareness and personal empathy to practicing civic
responsibility, service projects are an impactful way for teens to experience first hand how collective efforts drive positive change. Teens 16 years and older are welcome to be Nesters by:
Nesting with a parent
Nesting with a chaperone in an approved school service project.
For information about these options, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org