Course participants have a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Professionals and students in the engineering and design fields, environmental sciences, non-governmental organization management, and other backgrounds have participated in the past. Or a passion about Mexico and Latin America and/or sustainability may spark your interest to participate. All participants are driven by a sincere interest to understand how sustainability, technology, culture and context intersect and are excited to explore Mexico.

What does the course cost include?

The course cost includes lodging, most meals, workshops and presentations, and transportation once in Mexico (flights to and from Mexico aren’t included). We also include some tourist excursions such as visits to Teotihuacan pyramids and the famous Xochimilco canals in Mexico City.

What is not included in the course cost?

  • Flights to and from Mexico
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Meals on weekends and during free time
  • Visa (if needed)

Where is the course held?

The course components take place in Mexico City, Queretaro and Guanajuato states (San Miguel de Allende). Participants stay in Mexico City for the first part of the course and then travel to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Visits showcase urban, periurban and rural examples. Cultural visits include the Teotihuacan pyramids and the Xochimilco canals. There is free time for participants to explore on their own according to their specific interests.  You may choose to extend your time in Mexico before or after the course to explore the vast country.

The Biodigesters and Sustainable Community Practices course takes place in  the state of Yucatan. Participants visit the Pyramids of Chichen Itza and a rural indigenous community.

The Biochar and Slow-Sand Biofiltration for Potable Water course remains in San Miguel de Allende.


What is the cost in my home currency?

The cost of the 12-day “Sustainable Technologies in Action: Building Enduring Communities” course is $1,475 USD (accommodations are separate, basic lodging is $275 USD) Please use an online currency calculator to establish an approximate value in your home country currency.

The Biodigesters and Sustainable Community Practices course has cost of $655 (not including flight) and the Biochar and Slow-Sand Filtration for Potable Water course costs $500.

Do I need a visa?

Visa requirements vary by country. Please see this site to see the requirements for your country.

What should I pack?

Accepted participants receive a pre-departure packet which includes packing information and more detailed information.

Where will I be staying?

Simple hostel accommodations with double or shared spaces are included in the course cost. We are currently working to identify other accommodations for participants who would like alternatives.

How do I pay for the course?

Upon acceptance, payment is generally made through the Caminos de Agua Paypal account. Paypal converts multiple currencies to US dollars from your home currency. Direct bank transfers can be arranged but fees tend to be higher.


Are there scholarships available?

Caminos de Agua and IRRI Mexico do offer a limited amount of scholarships, prioritizing national applicants in work-study programs. Past participants have found funding from their places of employment and universities.


What language will be used in the courses? Do I need to know Spanish?

The course language is English. Course coordinators translate to English for presenters when necessary (many give their course component in English) and provide language support when needed. Spanish is not necessary though this is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish or arrive early for a Spanish intensive course!

What happends if I have an emergency?

Emergency contact numbers are provided to all participants to share with families. Course coordinators will take appropriate actions in conjunction with the participant and family. If a participant has an emergency (accident, illness, etc.) while in Mexico, course coordinators are prepared to interact with the appropriate actors.


I have another question!

Write to us at We are in regular contact with course applicants and participants prior to the course.

We offer a ¨Find out More¨ webinar for interested participants. Accepted participants attend a ¨Pre Departure¨ webinar before travelling.