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“Don't miss this unique experience!”

Libros para Pueblos Tours
Ranked #24 of 44 Tours in Oaxaca
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“Don't miss this unique experience!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife Nancy and I have been on the Libros para Pueblos tour and we will never miss it in the future. You visit Oaxacan villages with knowledgeable guides and are able to interact with locals and their children in the most hospitable circumstance imaginable, as sponsors of local libraries. The tour is $50 a piece and 100% goes to the organization. By the end of the tour you’ll be emptying your pockets for this very worthy cause.
On a personal note, I grew up in a small country town and know how boring it can be. Libros para Pueblos takes advantage of this fact to steer kids toward reading. As a retired educator, I know that all the studies are unanimous that there is nothing better for developing children’s reading and writing skills than making them recreational readers.
Do yourself and these wonderful people a favor and take this tour. Info is at http://www.librosparapueblos.org/

Mark Jacobs

Visited November 2011
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“An Amazing Experience, Not to be Missed”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

With the Libros para Pueblos tours, you join their working trips to visit their existing children's libraries and also communities interested in creating a new library. Trips are anywhere from half a day to a week (!) in length, and cover much of the state of Oaxaca. At $50 per person (regardless of tour length), the cost is a real bargain. What's more, 100% of your payment goes to the support of children's libraries. These tours get you away from the big city to experience life in small villages and other communities. You'll meet tons of kids enthusiastic about reading, and you'll meet the mayor and other officials in the communities. You'll also have some time to explore the villages.

We have been on half-day and 2-day tours, and visited 3 libraries.

Santiago Yaitepec (pop. 2000) is a Chatino community in the mountains near the coast. We went to inaugurate their first ever children's library. It seemed the whole town turned out for a giant parade in our honor, with brass band, firecrackers, flying candy and performances. We gathered in a sports arena for food and dance, and the kids proudly carried their books from our boxes to their library. We were the only anglos in town, except for a pastor who was passing through.

We stayed overnight in a budget hotel in nearby Santa Catarina Juquila (pop. 5000), and opened a new library there the next day. This was a relatively quiet event, because the teachers were on strike. There was another parade that afternoon, but we had to leave for the 5 hour drive back to Oaxaca. Juquila is an interesting town to explore. Many thousands of pilgrims come to visit a statue of the Virgin Mary which has been venerated since the 16th century.

On our second tour we visited Santa María Albarradas (pop. 600), where the library was filled with kids who read to us one-on-one, in Spanish. We had a delicious lunch with the librarian and her family, and met with the mayor in his office. He told me that we were the first tourists to visit his village that year! We were so impressed by the kids' enthusiasm for reading that we decided to sponsor the library to ensure that it gets a fresh supply of books each year.

If you have any interest in exploring life in the smaller communities of Mexico, I urge you not to miss this opportunity. These tours are by far the most stimulating and rewarding activity we have found in Oaxaca.

Visited March 2012
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