Mexico: Women's Leadership Experience


The vibrant beach-town of San Pancho, just north of Puerto Vallarta, is your setting for a powerful journey of global citizenship. Join fellow co-workers from Spaulding Ridge for a philanthropic-focused experience developed in partnership with Spark Ventures. Engage with social entrepreneurs, contribute to local education programs, enjoy a Mexican cooking lesson and hike through secluded jungles on this inspiring learning journey.

november 15-18, 2018

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EDUCATION // Engage with inspiring local leaders and contribute to education programs related to women entrepreneurs, at-risk youth or the environment. Projects and initiatives vary but always benefit the community (and you!).

FOODIE // Enjoy amazing cuisine ranging from farm-to-table dinners, to the best traditional tacos at the local hotspot. Eat and drink your way through more local ceviche, fresh guacamole and margaritas than you thought possible.

PHILANTHROPY // Experience deep cultural immersion thanks to the 10 year history of our local partner, EntreAmigos. Their unique approach of sustainability, environmental stewardship and local leadership development is a model for organizations worldwide. Share meals with the EntreAmigos leaders and exchange ideas on global citizenship and strategic philanthropy.

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Spaulding Ridge will be covering the cost of the experience - all in-country expenses including meals, lodging (assuming double occupancy - single room upgrade available for $400), transportation, activities and excursions. Fee does not include the cost of international flights.

connect, inspire & transform during 4 unforgettable days


Ignite staff will greet you at Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR). Check-in to your boutique accommodations and settle in. Enjoy cocktails at sunset on the beach while hearing the inspirational story of our San Pancho community partner. Then a leisurely stroll to a top-rated restaurant with delicious, locally-sourced cuisine.


After breakfast we embark on a guided walking tour through San Pancho ending up at the amazing facility of EntreAmigos, our community partner. Enjoy a ceviche lunch with their team leaders and then spend the afternoon engaging with youth or women involved in their high-impact programs. Return to the hotel to relax and then indulge in a Tequila tasting before enjoying classic Mexican tacos for dinner.


Enjoy optional activities like beach yoga or a guided hike to a secluded beach look-out point, or simply take this time to explore San Pancho a bit on your own. Savor a delicious chef-prepared farm to table lunch before we walk the few blocks back to Entreamigos for further engagement with the women entrepreneurs and do a bit of shopping at the gallery, where they sell their artisan crafts. Return to the hotel to relax and prepare for one of the best nights of the trip - cook and share dinner in the home of San Pancho's former mayor and his charismatic wife, Eva! Extend your evening with optional late night drinks and live music at a street front cafe.


Enjoy some free time in the morning, take a sunrise swim or beach walk. The group will have one final breakfast together where you can reflect on the brief but inspirational journey. Ignite staff will facilitate your transportation to the Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) in time to catch your flight home.

Book your round trip flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) to arrive Thursday no later than 2:30pm and depart on Sunday (2pm or later) based on your specific trip dates. Feel free to contact Dominyka for sample flight itineraries or recommended routes. Considering arriving early or extending your trip? Contact Dominyka and we'll share some great suggestions with you.

ready to join the journey?

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Enjoy your stay in a boutique Mexican hotel that balances local flavor with comfortable amenities.

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our community partner

EntreAmigos community center was founded in 2006 in the heart of San Pancho, Mexico. What started as teaching arts and crafts on a kitchen table in a neighborhood front yard has grown into a vibrant center dedicated to education, environmentalism, youth and their families. The home to most of their programming is a remodeled 16,000 square foot warehouse considered a model in sustainability, designed using majority recycled materials.

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Ignite + Spark Ventures

A portion of the fee for this journey is contributed to EntreAmigos through our philanthropic partner Spark Ventures. Spark is a U.S. based 501c3 with over a decade of experience building partnerships that lift communities out of poverty. Together, Ignite and Spark financially support the at-risk youth and women’s entrepreneurs program at EntreAmigos.


Registration ends October 15, 2018 or as soon as the experience is registered in full. We encourage you to register as early as possible to ensure that you have plenty of time for preparations. Our experiences fill up quickly. Ignite reserves the right to cancel experiences with less than 6 confirmed individuals. If the experience does not reach this threshold we will either refund your experience fee or credit it to a future journey. We recommend not booking your flights until the journey has been confirmed.

What is included in the fee? The experience fee (covered by your company) includes all in-country expenses including airport transport, meals, lodging, in-country transportation & transfers, core activities and excursions, plus a philanthropic contribution to our local partner organization, EntreAmigos. The experience is priced assuming double occupancy. Want your own room? Option for $400 upgrade available.

What is not included in the fee? The fee does not include the cost of your international flight (arriving and departing from Puerto Vallarta Airport - PVR).

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