A PLACE FOR PLAY

ABOUT CASA CLU

La Casa Clu is a civil association, recreation and learning center where children can be and feel free to express their feelings. We change their present to improve their future.

OUR HISTORY

THE STORY OF US

This dream began a few years back by a small house next to the river, acting as a space where children from San Ignacio could come to play in the afternoons.

Day by day more children came and the need for a larger space became apparent. We were lucky enough to meet with Brian Hodges and Janet Belle who, in love with the project, helped us get the land where we are currently.

With the years and the effort and help of hundreds of people and volunteers from different parts of the world, today we are a civil society that supports 160 children and their families, of which between 30 and 80 kids attend Casa Clu activities daily.

YEARS IN OPERATION
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2013

FOUNDED AS A NON-PROFIT

After realizing this kind of community was needed in San Igancio, Jessica applied to make Casa Clu a non-profit

2020

ADDITION OF ORGANIC FARM

During the pandemic, the community realized how important food soverty is and started shaping a near-by field into a productive farm.

Today

CONTINUING TO EXPAND RESOURCES

As Casa Clu gains traction, we continue to look for ways to provide more enriching resources for the kids and community of San Ingnacio

160+

KIDS

SUPPORTED

5

STAFF

MEMBERS

30+

VOLUNTEEERS

HOSTED FROM AROUND THE WORLD

CONNECTING OVER PLAY

How it all BEGAN

"In 2010 I visited San Ignacio for the first time. I met a great community of children and together, little by little and unknowingly, we began to create the concept of Casa Clu."

Driven by the needs of the children and the community, in 2013 the Casa Clu recreational project became a civil association.

“Playing is the best form of therapy, when we play we are who we really are, we release endorphines, adrenaline and noradrenaline, we get excited, we enjoy the process, we stop worrying about our routines, we give ourselves, we work as a team and we are happy… those who play will never get old."

Jessica Zepada

FOUNDER

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THE HEARTS OF CASA CLU

our team

La Casa Clu’s Staff is the heart of this project. They are people who spent quality time with the children everyday, creating a positive change in their reality through their different talents, skills and professions.

They are group of 25 permanent and transitory people, organized in four main teams.

PERMANENT FACILITATORS : Organize and develop the daily activities at Casa Clu: Homeschooling, games, gardening, and cooking, among others.

CABINET OF HEALTH & PSYCHOPEDAGOGY : Offers medical, psychological and emotional support and guidance to the children and their families.

TEACHERS & WORKSHOP LEADERS : Provide different classes and workshops to the kids once a week

VOLUNTEERS : People that offer their time and work at Casa Clu, in exchange for food and accomodation

our staff

The supportive environment at La Casa Clu is fueled by the incredible individuals who form our dedicated staff. Each member of our team brings a unique set of skills, expertise, and unwavering commitment to our shared mission. Learn more about the extraordinary people who are the heart and soul of Casa Clu. ​

Jessica

FOUNDER​
Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Communication Sciences; Diplomas in Psychoanalysis, Child Psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming, and is currently studying a master’s degree in coaching and NLP. She began her work with children in social services in both university degrees and realized that it is the children who really are the future of the world and that play is a wonderful tool for change. It is in the education and care, both physical and mental and emotional, of these little ones that the responsibility for what will come after rests. Organically and little by little, since 2011 Jessica has been creating this shared play and learning space together with the children of the community; she verified that it is through play and the positive expression of affection that it is possible to change worlds.

Paloma

DESIGNER AND COMMUNICATIONS
In 2020, Paloma began to get involved in permaculture issues in spiritual communities in India, later in 2021 she created the Tlalli brand where she developed her tea production project. As an entrepreneur and through her experience in various social projects, in 2022 she resumed the project of the Women’s Cooperative in conjunction with the Community Garden as part of La Casa Clu, where she sees an opportunity to contribute to the economic independence of women. She also designs stationery and image and project logistics for the San Ignacio Women’s Cooperative.

Marjo

TEACHER & GUIDE​
Marjolaine is an educator, with a degree in law, sociology and international project management. Nomadic and passionate about cultural diversity and the kingdom of plants, she chose to put down roots in Nayarit to sow seeds in the earth and in the hearts of the children of La Casa Clu. In the garden or in the kitchen, playing or painting, he always tries to share an environmental, artistic and humanist vision of education.

Linda

FACILITATOR AND MANAGER OF DONATIONS
Linda came in 2022 for 2 months as a volunteer for Casa Clu and fell in love with the project. Her passion for alternative education and children brought her back. She likes to work and support causes that touch his heart. The right to education, the environment and social justice are the causes that motivate her to return and get involved. She previously was working in France for non-profit organizations in logistics and donation management and also as a volunteer facilitator leading collaborative climate mural workshops. Now at Casa Clu, she is a facilitator with the children doing different types of workshops. She also works in communication, search for sustainable financing, alliances and fundraising.

ESTIBALIZ

DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS
Originally from Mexico City, Estibaliz is collaborative and committed and has a great desire to learn and communicate those learnings. Her current responsibilities are in the area of ​​communication and environmental education. Her role at Casa Clu focuses on being a facilitator and guide to promote reading among attendees.

TARAN

TEACHER & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Taran is a psychologist, feminist, yogini, photographer and amateur cartoonist.

She has worked for years with issues of health, sexuality, human rights and interculturality, education for peace and culture of good treatment, mainly with rural and indigenous and migrant population.

volunteers & external staff

RICARDO

CARPENTRY & GARDEN

NATHAN

TRANSPORTATION

VICTOR

DRAWING WORKSHOP

ITA & LOS MAESTROS DE CIRCO

SOCIAL CIRCUS WORKSHOP

Antonio

PLANT NURSERY

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Learn about the various ways you can get involved as a volunteer. From working directly with the children to supporting our fundraising efforts, or working in the garden there's a role suited to your skills, interests, and availability.

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