Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. In Mexico our Volunteerbuild teams build homes for families living in the southern colonias of Tijuana, as well as feeding the homeless and visiting the forgotten in prison.

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House Plans

If you are a builder or an experienced DIY, you might want to look at the plans for the basic homes and latrines (long drops) that we build in Mexico.

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Country Profile

Population 127 million
Border Countries USA, Guatemala, Belize
Capital City Mexico City
Currency Mexican peso
Language Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8%
Religion Roman Catholic 82.7%, Pentecostal 1.6%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, other 1.9%, none 4.7%, unspecified 2.7% (2010 est.)
Type of Government Federal Presidential Republic
% living in poverty Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population) 53.2%
Population living on less than $10 per day: 73.2%
Life Expectancy 77 years
Infectious Diseases Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A
Vectorborne disease: dengue fever
Zika risk
Top Killers Diabetes, Heart Disease
Literacy Adult Literacy (over 15 years) 94.4%
Natural Resources Petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber
Main Industry/Export Agriculture: Corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products.

Industry: Food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

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