A Day Trip to Meet Leaders and their Agencies in Tijuana, México.

Doing more with Less through Disruptive Leadership: A Day Trip to Meet Leaders and their Agencies in Tijuana, México

Join us on a pre-conference trip to Tijuana, Mexico, and have an international experience on disruptive leadership. We are opening the opportunity for 25 people to join us on a day trip to Tijuana on Wednesday, June 13th.

You will have the opportunity to visit local agencies working in a variety of fields, meet with program directors and staff, learn more about the needs and challenges of this binational border region, and the creative and disruptive ways collaborations and interventions come to fruition. During your trip you will also have an opportunity to learn more about Tijuana and the border region, visit some sites of importance and be treated to a wonderful lunch, all while networking and building relationships with your colleagues.

Starting on the San Ysidro/ Tijuana Border US side we will meet with our guides/hosts and walk across to Tijuana where our bus will be waiting for us to take us on our trip. We have a planned start time of 9:00 am and we will be back by 4:00 pm. This allows for time so that you may join the opening reception dinner at Old Town that day if registered for it.

Your main point of contact is Alejandro Hierro and Claudia Llamas. Feel free to  email us at nswmsdchapter@gmail.com. See additional information below.

Required: A Passport, visa permit, and liability waiver. Day trip visas have no cost and do not need to be returned when coming back into the US.

Miscellaneous: Comfortable clothes, some cash in case they want to buy, donate to the agencies.

We hope you can join us!

TJ Trip Schedule

7:00 a.m.- 7:15 a.m.- Meet at Coffee Bean in San Ysidro

7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – Go to San Ysidro Border

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Commute

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Playas

  • Presentation & Q&A at Binational Friendship Garden by Daniel Watman (30 min)

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Commute

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Hospital Infantil las Californias

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. – Commute

10:20 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. – Fundacion Castro Limon

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Commute

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Commute

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.- Panel at DIF Camino Verde and tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. – DIF Tour

Panelists (20 min each):

  • 1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Create Purpose by Nicolas Sandoval
  • 1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Fundacion Gaia by Darinka Carballo
  • 2: 00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Widaker Peace and Development Innitiative by Eriberto Garcia (TBC)
  • 2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Fundacion Julio Cesar Chavez

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p. m. – Q & A

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Go in the bus to go back

3:15 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Commute

4:00 p.m. – At San Ysidro


The cost per person is of $95 and includes transportation in Tijuana to visit the agencies, presentations and Q&A with directors, live translation/interpretation and preset lunch at a restaurant).

Payment is due on May 7, 2018, to secure travel fees. Feel free to email us with any questions at nswmsdchapter@gmail.com or call Claudia Llamas at (619) 772-7322.

Email us to let us know your interest in attending and pay through PayPal: PAYPAL.ME/NSWMSDCHAPTER

We will meet on the US side of the Chaparral border crossing as a group and all walk into Mexico together. Border customs are used to getting groups and all they need is us to just be patient while they fill out the visa forms.

You will be dropped back off at the Chaparral border entry.

Lunch is included with 1 drink.  You are free to get anything else not on the set menu but it will be at your own cost.  If you have any meal preferences/ restrictions (gluten free, vegan, meat, chicken, fish) we can try to accommodate, but we must be informed at time of registration.

General travel info map link
San Ysidro Border meeting point  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Camino De La Plaza, San Diego, CA https://goo.gl/maps/PjbJSJNgY5J2
San ysidro Parking options  Most parking will run from 6 to 20 dlls for all day parking.  Please do not park at the outlet malls or you will risk being towed away. https://goo.gl/maps/bP6RgpvJ5Xx
San Ysidro Trolley to Meeting Point You can take the 8 to 12 minute walk or board one of the shuttles that will drop you off a few meters away from our meeting point https://goo.gl/maps/8A4vpmTzTM82
Tijuana End Point  Bus will drop us off right at the Chaparral Border entrance into US https://goo.gl/maps/mai8aNtNuQF2
Possible agencies & panels to visit  

Create Purpose

PANEL Works with Orphanages creating STEAM programs
Fundacion Gaia PANEL Variety of programs in Immigration, at risk youth, homeless, environmnet, animal rights
DIF comunitario PANEL Modern Community center in low income community
CRIT Children Hospital Site
Castro Limon Site Children with Cancer
Hospital Psiquiatrico Site
Possible guests assistants for networking/ PR COLEF

Fundacion Castro Limon

  • Website: http://fundacioncastrolimon.org/?la=us
  • Synopsis:Non-profit association that seeks funds to provide comprehensive care to children with cancer. They provide pediatric oncological services, long term hospitalizations, therapeutic/ psychological services for patients & their families, case management, outreach and non denominational religious services; among others.

Hospital Infantil de las Californias

  • Website: http://hospitalinfantil.org/
  • Synopsis: Childrens’ hospital providing health services to children from newborns to 18 years of age, regardless of their socioeconomic level, race or religion. It has 26 pediatric specialties, short-stay surgeries, pharmacy, x-rays, as well as educational programs focused on nutrition and prevention.

DIF Comunitario Camino Verde

  • Website: None
  • Synopsis: Community center run by local Child & Family Welfare Services that provides a “Third Space” for community engagement, recreational activities, workshops & classes to teach skills & trades and health & wellness services. Part of a larger community redevelopment project in the neighborhood of Camino Verde. Design of space was made to LEED specifications of sustainability.

Create Purpose

  • Website: https://createpurpose.org/
  • Synopsis: Create Purpose applies the proven methodology of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) using Project Based Learning principles within Tijuana orphanages. This approach teaches children life skills that help them overcome poverty and pursue their purpose.

Fundacion Gaia

  • Website:https://www.facebook.com/gaiasteam/
  • Synopsis: Community based Non profit run by local volunteers from many professions & walks of life that seek to provide sustainable support to vulnerable sectors of our community. “Fundacion Gaia” currently has 10 projects serving a wide range of needs in the region; from immigration issues to animal rights, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) to name a few.

Binational Friendship Garden (Friends of Friendship Park)

  • Website:http://www.friendshippark.org/garden
  • Synopsis: As we work toward a truly binational park, the Friends of Friendship Park propose the restoration of unrestricted public access to three locations: the historic Monument 258, the beach below Monument Mesa, and the Binational Friendship Garden of Native Plants. The garden’s dual purpose is to create a space where people can make friends through the border wall and to promote the native flora of our region.