Aerial view, San Francisco Nayarit beach - Quentin Cretaz

Our Focus

Travler works in rapidly-growing, environmentally-sensitive regions of Mexico where climate change and aggressive development threaten the balance in local ecosystems, society and culture. We help at-risk communities maintain that balance with free, bilingual technical support and services for sustainability projects, nonprofits and volunteer groups.

Through consultation, training, and technical support, we strive to remove technology barriers and help our clients’ projects succeed. This accelerates our clients’ success. When we combine Travler’s services with our clients’ passion for their own mission, together we can more efficiently accomplish our shared goals to protect the environment and foster sustainable communities.

Explore Travler’s mission and Sustainability Resources page for more insight into climate change, environmental and social justice issues in Mexico.

Help Travler empower local environmental projects

Our Services

Travler’s services are usually provided at no cost or substantial discount to our clients. For well-funded clients, we may charge a professional fee and reinvest any profits in other charities.

Our Technical Services include:

  • Website development, hosting and security
  • Email and messaging systems
  • Social media integration
  • Domain name registration
  • Windows and Macintosh computer support
  • iOS and Android mobile device support
  • On-site WiFi networks and Internet access
  • Passwords, security and account management
  • Custom software development
Technical consulting with laptops

Our Business and Marketing Services include:

  • Strategic and operational planning
  • State and Federal business registration
  • 501(c)(3) registration
  • Google Workspace for Nonprofits / Microsoft for Nonprofits applications and setup
  • Cloud services and storage
  • Office 365 and Google Apps
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools
  • Newsletters and email campaigns
  • Logo and graphics design
  • Publications and marketing materials
  • Patent and Trademark applications
  • Accounting software setup and advice
  • On-site and remote training
  • On-site volunteering and installations
Coaching and planning with entrepreneurs

Our Mission

Travler’s mission is to:

  • provide education and information for the underprivileged,
  • preserve local environments,
  • protect equal access to critical resources, and
  • strengthen communities through multi-media and social organization.

Our experience and strengths are in technology and business strategy. We achieve our mission by sharing our skills with small nonprofits and projects that lack that experience internally. Click here for examples of how we use our abilities to achieve the mission.

Our mission is aligned with eight specific goals from the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda:

Click on the blocks below to see how the United Nations defines each goal.

Check out our FAQs to see how Travler acts on these goals. For a deeper dive, start with the links on our Resources page.

Our Clients

Travler partners with grassroots environmental organizations, and provides our services to them. Our criteria for working with these groups include:

  • They focus on one or more of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainability goals,
  • Their goals are clear, realistic and can significantly impact a local problem,
  • They have a clear vision for the most efficient path to achieve their mission,
  • They operate in Mexico, and
  • We at Travler have sufficient resources available to support their project.

If your organization would like to find out whether it’s a fit with Travler, please submit this Support Application.


FAQs

More details on our mission, focus and services can be found here.

Q: Travler supports sustainable community projects. What is a “sustainable community?”

A sustainable community* is a place where diverse residents feel personally safe, economically secure and welcome. Everyone is invited to participate in opportunities and decisions which affect the community’s future.

Sustainable communities are peaceful, healthy and politically stable spaces where basic human needs are satisfied. Clean air, water and uncontaminated food are readily available; sustainable employment opportunities exist; health care is accessible; core resources are renewed or recycled at a sustainable rate; pollution and waste are minimized; and local ecosystems are well-managed for future generations.

San Pancho Feria Ambiental 2023

In practice, sustainable communities are difficult to achieve and maintain. They require persistent, cooperative participation by a majority of residents working on interdependent projects. But with steady leadership and committed residents, and by focusing on a few achievable projects at a time, a community can gradually transition toward independence, social equity and sustainability.

Travler believes today’s biggest threats to building strong sustainable communities are the climate crisis, social injustice, financial inequity and abuse of resources.

Inspiring examples of successful sustainable communities can be found here and here. Links to more information can be found on our Resources for Sustainability page.

Q: Does Travler build sustainable communities?

Travler provides essential services to help local sustainability projects market themselves, raise funds, operate, communicate and organize. Our services — including custom websites, IT support, digital marketing, and business coaching — allow the people running these projects to reduce technical costs and complexity, and focus on their mission in the field.

Each successful project we support is an important building block toward creating a sustainable community. Read about some of those projects on our Projects page.

Q: Travler’s mission includes providing “education and information.” What are some examples?

We educate and inform residents, volunteers and donors by

  • publishing, maintaining and hosting client websites,
  • publishing an online magazine that promotes community news, organizations and events,
  • helping clients with newsletters,
  • teaching technical, entrepreneurial and publishing skills to underprivileged youth, and
  • mentoring and assisting local entrepreneurs with organizational and operations issues.

For example, Travler created and hosts websites for San Pancho Animales and Radio San Pancho; assists Project Tortuga with web, social media, newsletters and outreach efforts; and mentors aspiring young journalists who publish in San Pancho Voz.

Q: How does Travler help “preserve local environments?”

We support projects that protect and enhance local marine, watershed and forest environments, both flora and fauna. For example, Travler advises Sierra Verde, a fledgling eco-restoration and bird tourism project in the Sierra Vallejo mountains; promotes Project MILA, an estuary wetlands restoration project; and volunteers to protect endangered marine wildlife at Project Tortuga.

Q: How does Travler help “protect equal access to critical resources?”

We provide services for sustainability projects and local initiatives that

  • promote conservation and equitable distribution of fresh water and sanitation services in growing communities,
  • build renewable energy and recycling programs,
  • develop and preserve public areas such as community gardens and beach access,
  • preserve critical ecosystems like mountain biospheres, lowland estuaries and coastal habitats, and
  • support human resources such as education and medical care for under-served families.

For example, Travler supports the Recicla San Pancho recycling program and the children’s Recycled Playground; consults with Project LILHA on water conservation; and works with Mujeres por Amor to contribute medicine and supplies to needy families in the Bahia de Banderas region.

Q: How does Travler strengthen communities through “multi-media and social organization?”

We participate in various community and NGO planning meetings, and promote worthy projects by mentoring, funding, volunteering, and profiling with articles, video and photos via social media, websites and our online publications.

Q: Where is Travler active?

Travler currently provides services for sustainability projects that benefit the Bahia de Banderas, Sierra Vallejo and Lake Chapala regions of Mexico, primarily around the towns of San Francisco (“San Pancho”), Sayulita, Ajijic and Chapala in the Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco.

Map of Mexico regions where Travler provides technology and services for sustainability projects
Travler supports community sustainability projects in central and western Mexico

Support sustainability in rural Mexico

Your tax-deductible donation will help residents and volunteers make their community and its ecosystems sustainable. Check out our Projects page if you’d like to contribute to a specific project. Thank you for your support!

Photo: Frederik Trovatten

* For more information on sustainable communities, see our Resources for Sustainability page.

Aerial photo of San Francisco, Nayarit by Quentin Cretaz