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A community cannot thrive unless it is healthy in every way. The natural environment must be preserved. Education, as a fundamental right, must be available to all. The next generation must be prepared for future opportunities and long-term prosperity. Support should be given to culture, sports, and the arts. If any of these elements fails, the entire structure is weakened. 


The Careyes Foundation catalyzes innovative programs in education, sports, ecology, and the arts to improve the well-being of local communities along the South Pacific coast of Mexico.


All of our programs are provided free of charge to local community MEMBERS.

Children's English program

  • 900 children are taught weekly lessons in eleven villages

  • Five bilingual volunteer teachers with training in natural language methodology

  • Specifically-developed Beyond Borders curriculum and student workbook series, with four books published so far

Sports and Recreation Program


 Music School

  • 75 children and adults participating in choir lessons three days a week

  • Professional instruction highlighting both music theory and vocalization

  • Community recitals and regular performances at events ranging from local Mother's Day parties to the ArteCareyes Film & Arts Festival

  • Click here to watch our Music School video

EcologY Programs 

  • Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC): Around 2,000 nests protected each year, and a total of 1,500,000 sea turtle hatchlings from four species (Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Black) released to date

  • Ecology Education: Local students learn about conservation through hands-on field trips to the STPCC and a local biological research station, as well as camping events on Playa Teopa

Art programs


special projects:

Preschool Reconstruction

  • Repairing and improving local preschools that were severely damaged by Hurricane Patricia, made possible by the financial support of the Happy Hearts Fund

  • Renovation of the preschool for the community of Miguel Hidalgo Viejo completed May 2018


  • Then the strongest hurricane ever recorded, Patricia devastated the region on October 23, 2015

  • Raised $194,000 to convert the elementary school of each village into storm-proof community shelters with emergency supplies


Careyes Creation Lab

  • Immersive professional workshops on film and acting for emerging Mexican and Latin American actors and filmmakers

  • Hosted in conjunction with the Bergman Chair of the UNAM, Cinema 23, and the Morelia International Film Festival

The ?! Careyes Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States

(Tax ID 46-0759245) 


where we are

We serve eleven villages along the southwest coast of Jalisco, Mexico, reaching a population of around 7,000 people.

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who we are

The Careyes Foundation is managed by a small administrative team with support from our dedicated volunteers. Our operations are overseen by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of our Executive Board, Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, and Board of Careyes Residents.

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