Posted by Rick Phillips on Feb 22, 2015
Our Rotary District neighbors to the south, Utah District 5420, has extended a special invitation to Idaho Rotary RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, Rotaract, friends, and adult Rotarians to join them this summer for their annual Mexico Youth Service and Adventure Project.  But we have to respond quickly to get in on this opportunity with Utah. 
Total cost for the week long service and adventure experience in Mexico is only $1300 per person, which includes transportation, lodging, food, and building materials.   Participants stay at a very comfortable beach-front condominium project in Puerto Penasco,  Mexico, and work with two local Foundations to spend the days building homes for poverty-stricken residents of nearby communities.   When they are not building homes, participants are learning about local culture, enjoying the food, and making new friends. Minimum age is 16, unless accompanied by an adult, and the maximum age is 30.   See attached fact sheets for more details.
We have been invited to fill 20 seats on this year's project, which includes one adult for each five students.  A non-refundable $250 deposit which is due ASAP will secure a spot in this adventure.  We have also been invited to share in Utah's citrus fundraising project to help students raise the funds they need to participate.
As district leaders, we appreciate the invitation from Utah District 5420 to participate in their project.   Our district's New Generation Committee members are asking all Rotarians to help identify youth in their sphere of influence who might participate.
George Chandler of the Pocatello Club (,  208 241-877) is our official liaison with the Utah District, and can help clubs and individuals get connected.  All the details, including registration for youth and adults can be found  
As they say on TV...this is a "limited time opportunity"  The Utah district needs to contract busses, arrange for food, lodging and all the logistics of making this project work.  For the past six years, this has been a life-changing experience for the youth of Rotary District 5420, and we are thrilled that they have invited us to participate.