Artisan Crafts, Design, Desserts, En Via, En Via Events, Food, Mexico, Microfinance, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Photography, Teotitlan del Valle

Water for Chocolate

by Tiffany Nguyen Tiffany is a 4th-year undergraduate student visiting Oaxaca from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studies public and nonprofit management. She is delighted to get to write about Oaxaca and its wonderful traditions. On the second day of En Vía’s Feria de Artesanas Emprendedoras, Isabel Lazo Chávez brings the tools… Continue reading Water for Chocolate

Oaxaca life, Photography, Teotitlan del Valle, volunteering

Smiles speak volumes

Words and photography by: Elin Rut Bieltvedt I fell in love with Oaxaca around 3 years ago when I came to visit a friend for 8 days. Fast forward to my third time in Oaxaca and my first experience volunteering at an NGO (if you don’t include volunteering at an orphanage in Vietnam for a week at… Continue reading Smiles speak volumes

Education, English Classes, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, volunteering

Giving Back to Oaxaca

By Newell Searle Retired, lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, when he is not in Mexico. Oaxaca offers the traveler a wealth in color, artisan crafts, outstanding food, and courteous hosts. This is a welcoming place for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. If you plan to stay in Oaxaca a while, consider giving… Continue reading Giving Back to Oaxaca

En Via, En Via Events, English Classes, Mexico, Microfinance, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Teotitlan del Valle, volunteering, Women Borrowers

The Value of VolFUNteering.

Words and photos by Eda Tajuddin. It’s crazy how quickly and how drastically your perspective can change. Quitting my job in London and moving to Mexico to volunteer was terrifying even though I was lucky enough to have the financial and moral support I needed. Still, when you’re in a bubble obsessed with job security,… Continue reading The Value of VolFUNteering.

En Via, Festivals, Indigenous Culture, Mexico, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

Death Takes a Holiday

By Susan Bean Aycock, Fundación En Vía volunteer For 24 hours starting at 3 p.m. on November 1, the cemetery of Teotitlán del Valle was empty — the departed had a day-long pass to visit their homes and families. At least that’s the belief of the people there, celebrating a long tradition of the indigenous… Continue reading Death Takes a Holiday