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La Catalina Foundation

La Catalina Foundation parent to the Natural Language school, can set you up with volunteer opportunities, mostly centered around teaching English to local students and adults.  The Foundation in partnership with VisitLaManzanilla.com sponsors an annual school supply drive.  School supplies are welcomed year round.  To contact the Foundation – la_catalina@hotmail.com

La Libreria

Libreria Manos Ayudando…or Helping Hands Bookstore is a great place to find a host of literary offerings for your reading pleasure. They also have a nice selection of DVD’s, reading glasses and tickets for all local events.

Perfect place to find a “beach” read or to leave those heavy books when you return home. Libreria La Manzanilla is located across the street from the fishing co-op and just north of Cafe Risa. We have both English, Spanish and French books, novels, travel guides, and magazines. Inventory changes daily so be sure to stop by often.

La Manzanilla Junior Baseball

Started in 2011 by a couple expats who started playing catch with the neighbor kids, the baseball team has grown to well over 20 players and three coaches.  The kids receive mits, bats, balls, uniforms and shoes.  The goal is get teams going in Melaque and Barra de Navidad so the kids can go on the road and play. For more information contact Patti Wagner at empresspatti.7@gmail.com or 351-5268

Cisco’s Amigos

A local not-for-profit program headed up by La Manzanilla ex-pat, Julie Wagner-Schuetz (named after her cheery Border collie, Cisco) devoted to helping area residents to provide veterinary care for their dogs and cats. . Each March Cisco’s Amigos offers a 4-5 day spay and neuter clinic. All volunteers welcome. For more information Email Julie here or call her at 011-52-315-351-5164 from the US or Canada.