Cultivating Relationships



Natik’s Alliances are our collaborations with academic and civic organizations in the U.S., México and Guatemala. We believe in long-term relationships built on trust and transparency with our Alliances, just as we do with our Partner grassroots organizations.  

Our Alliance relationships in the United States often include Service Learning Immersions for graduate, university, high school, and nonacademic groups. 

In Mexico and Guatemala, our alliances include academic and civic organizations that are leaders in areas related to education, micro-economic opportunities, environment, agriculture health, and human rights issues. 

Natik’s commitment to education and economic impact makes us an exceptional ally for institutions outside of Mexico and Guatemala. We believe that our contribution to the north-south dialog is by creating venues for genuine information exchange between people who would normally not have the opportunity to be in direct contact with one another. 


All aspects of our immersions are carefully planned in collaboration with our Alliance and Partner organizations. We create spaces for sharing issues that are important to all of us, such as the regional causes of poverty, environmental degradation, and migration. 

It is only when we truly understand that we are more alike than we are different that we can attempt to understand the global and regional causes of educational, economic, environmental, social, and political imbalances that create the divisive illusion of “us and them”.

We encourage our U.S. Alliance partners to share what they’ve learned during their immersion experience when they return home. In the past, sharing has included webinars, seminars, articles in school newspapers and professional journals, interviews on local media, and/or fundraising on behalf of a partner program. 

Our goal is for each immersion to be a fair and balanced exchange between the academic and service expectations and expertise of the immersion participants,  and needs of the people, organizations, and communities in México and Guatemala. 

Natik is a development organization that runs individually-crafted immersions; not an international student travel agency. We are clear with all our Alliance partners that income from our immersions provides discretionary income that helps offset the administrative costs of working with people and groups that cannot pay for the services our staff and infrastructure provide year round. 

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