Canyon Nest is tucked away in a peaceful canyon 30 minutes from the US 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 is often long, and for some, indefinite. The Canyon Nest serves over 50 children Mondays through Fridays and consists of two programs:
The Lower Nest - serving children 3–6 years old
The Upper Nest - serving children 6–10 years old
Both programs offer 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 Nest offers children what all children are entitled to ensure healthy development – the right to play and learn safely. Away from the shelter where each family shares a single bed and conversations amongst adults are always within earshot of children, Canyon Nest is a protected space free of adult concerns. It is a place where children can be children!
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.
Canyon Nest before
Canyon Nest after
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. Check date availability below and complete the application form.
3. Wait for your official confirmation.
4. Schedule your online 2-hour orientation.
5. 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 that 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