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Four Saturdays during the school year, OFNO volunteers travel to Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico to participate in a day of work projects alongside the children and Sisters. The daylong trips begin early morning and volunteers return to San Diego that same day. Volunteers help with maintenance and upgrade projects such as painting, repairs, and minor construction on campus.
Important Information for Our Volunteers (requirements/driving directions):
If you have already signed up to participate and need to cancel, please contact us.

Upcoming volunteer trips to Nazareth Orphanage will take place on:

March 28, 2020

Please check back one month prior to each trip to view the work projects available for that trip. Thank you!

Work Project Opportunities:

12. Advance Team Supplies Coordination

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 2

Are you willing to assist our Supplies Coordinator during the March trip to Tecate?  We need volunteers to drive down to the orphanage early and help set up supplies for the rest of the volunteers. Please plan on arriving at  8 am and staying until 12 noon. You will meet the Supply Coordinator (Dennis) at…Find Out More

8. Paint Tankless Water Heater on Convent

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 2

($75) Paint the copper portion of the tankless water heater green to match Convent Building exterior walls and install cover. <–more–> Intended to prevent theft of copper parts, only the copper exterior requires painting.  Do NOT paint other portions of the newly installed device.  Install cover over tankless water heater on Convent Building and the…Find Out More

9. Paint Metal Door of Pump Housing on Cistern near Water Tower

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 2

($50)  Paint the door and exterior areas of the pump housing on the brick cistern structure next to water tower.  < more–>  Wire brush area and then apply new coat of white rustoleum paint. Repeat with second coating after inspection and allowing first coat to dry.…Find Out More

10. Finish Painting Convent Interior Entry and Bathroom

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 3

($200) Place drop clothes over new tile and flooring, then prime and paint both the reception room & first floor bathroom. <–more–> This project was started during last trip (January) but needs to be completed.  DO NOT paint the ceiling.  Walls to be painted blue, trim to be painted with white, semi-gloss. If you have…Find Out More

11. Re-screen windows on Big Boys’ Dorm and Library buildings

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 6

($200) Re-screen all windows as needed on Big Boys Dorm and library buildings. <–more–> This is for all accessible windows on both buildings, all floors and all sides.  Remove screens, apply a light wash to screen frames, re-straighten frames as best as possible.  Measure and build new screen frames with L-bracket materials.  Remove torn screens…Find Out More

1. Window Washing: Dining / Community Room and Little Boys’ Dorm Building

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 5

($50) Dust / clean grime from all window frames and screens – inside and outside. <–more–> Wash inside and outside of windows. All floors, on both south and north sides of building.  Please bring these items if you have them: window washing solution, rubber gloves, step stools/short ladders, extra rags.…Find Out More

2. Bike Repairs

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 8

($200) Repair bikes including checking tires, brakes, lubrication, etc. <–more–> Perform visual inspection of all bikes as the boys ride them hard. Discard old bikes that can not be repaired after removing all usable parts. Please bring these items if you have them: bike repair tools, lubricants, inner tube patch kids, bucket to check for…Find Out More

3. Computer Building equipment

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 5

($50-100) Requires fluent Spanish speakers to assist children on computers. <–more–> Emphasis on teaching children cyber safety and security. Bridget Smith to coordinate with St Gregory’s team on additional tasks for this trip.  New computers are being donated.  Need to establish two profiles for internet access, one for sisters with no limits and one for…Find Out More

4. Pool Conditioning

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 5

($200) Quick clean the pool bottom (might need light rinse) and then paint single coat to seal concrete.  <–more–> Quick rinse pool bottom (remove accumulated dirt) with simple green solution, then apply single coat of pool paint for sealing.  Cover with tarp before leaving to ensure dirt doesn’t accumulate before water is added after the…Find Out More

5. Repair Gutters on South side of Big Boys’ Dorm

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 6

($150) Prepare and install vinyl gutters on south side of Big Boys’ Dorm building.  <–more–> Requires two tall extension ladders and people capable of working from extension ladders to place fascia boards on roof line. Safety observers are needed to hold ladders and oversee workers’ safety.  Prepare vinyl gutters by cutting to length and assembling…Find Out More

6. Finish Painting Big Boys’ Dorm Outside Stairwell (South Side)

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 4

($200) On the south side of the Big Boys’ Dorm building, the stairwell, landing and railings all need to be wire brushed and then painted with white exterior paint.  This project was started last trip (January) but was not completed.…Find Out More

7. Dining and Community Room interior beautification

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 2

($100) Multi-trip long term project led by Christina Brown.  Paint shelves, doors and trim in dining room and cabinets in kitchen. Install brackets, curtain rods, and finials. A special masonry drill bit will be provided for mounting the brackets into the cinder block wall on the south side of the Community Room.<–more–> Remove all drapes,…Find Out More

13. Work Projects Review and Clean Up

When: Sat, March 28, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Where: Nazareth Orphanage - Tecate, Mexico Open Volunteer Spots: 2

Are you willing to assist our Projects and Supplies Coordinators during the March trip to Tecate?  We need volunteers to help review the status of the projects and clean up supplies at the end of the day.  These volunteers would arrive around 12 noon, and stick around into the late afternoon to ensure the projects…Find Out More

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