Mexico

Last updated: 4/18/2017

There is a need for translation, literacy, and Scripture use. Mexico is the northernmost portion of Central America, stretching from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. It is a favorite tourist destination for Americans. Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Artists and artisans alike are inspired by the area’s creative atmosphere, indigenous traditions and bright, clear light. Oaxaca has top-class museums, charming inns, fascinating markets and its own superb version of Mexican cuisine. It is also the home of at least 30 language groups who do not yet have God’s Word in their heart language. Yet the people of Oaxaca are among the most warmly hospitable in the country. There is a need for translation, literacy, and Scripture use. Would consider joining us on MAST?

Quick Jump

MAST

 Visa:

  • US citizens traveling to Mexico with a US passport do not need a Visa.
  • Citizens of other countries should research visa requirements well in advance of travel.
  • Passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration.
  • At least 2 blank visa pages in your passport.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.

 Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST.


Medical:

  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Mexico for the most up to date health information for travelling to Mexico.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

 Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended.  Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women: 
    • Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. Loose fitting trouser/pants are acceptable.
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes.
  • It is important to dress in a manner that shows respect to the people you go to serve and to avoid offending their sense of modesty. Modesty is always best, although people may wear shorts in some places, shorts are not appropriate attire for men, women or girls in indigenous areas.
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel!  Much of Mexico is high in elevation so when the sun goes down, the air gets chilly and a sweater or jacket feels good. In Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Ixmiquilpan and Mitla there are definite seasons. November-February are cooler months (sometimes it even freezes) when warm clothes are needed. March through May are warm to hot, so cooler clothing is used. June through September is rainy season and somewhat cool, so it is good to have an umbrella.

Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray - with Deet wipe in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small flashlight, and small battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive. Lactose pills if you need them; they don’t sell those here!
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and snacks are available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when travelling).
  • It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

 

Things to Know:

  • Flights to and from Oaxaca & Houston, TX are much easier than going through Mexico City Airport. There are no airport fees.
  • Be prepared to do without air conditioning or internet on occasion.
  • The people are very warm and friendly.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Your Sam’s Club and Costco cards works here.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Mexico so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.