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For a community to thrive, it must be healthy in every way. The natural environment must be preserved, its citizens must have work and education available to all, and they must have access to culture, sports, and the arts. If any of these elements fails, the entire structure is weakened. 


The ?! Careyes Foundation catalyzes programs related to education, sports, ecology, and the arts to improve the wellbeing of local communities along the south Pacific coast of Mexico.


All of our programs are provided free of charge to the local communities.

Children's English Program

  • 1,200 children taught in weekly lessons in twelve villages
  • Five volunteer teachers, native English speakers with training in natural language methodology
  • Specifically-developed Beyond Borders curriculum and student textbook series, with three books published so far

Sports and Recreation Program


Art programs

Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center

  • Approximately 2,000 turtle nests protected each year; an increase from 10 nests protected in 1983, our inaugural year
  • A total of 1,350,000 sea turtle hatchlings released to date 
  • Four species: Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Black
  • Educational field trips for students to learn about conservation and release turtle hatchlings

To stay up to date with our programs and view our upcoming events, please visit our calendar and follow our blog.

special projects:


  • Strongest hurricane ever recorded devastated the region on October 23, 2015
  • Raised $194,000 to convert the elementary school of each village into steel-reinforced community shelters with emergency kits

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 ten villages along the southwest coast of Jalisco, Mexico, reaching a population of 7,000 people.

who we are

The ?! Careyes Foundation is managed by an administrative team with support from our dedicated yearly 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.