Volunteer Needed – More Information

Colegio Santa Marta

Who we are

We are looking for interested people who would love to serve God as English teachers at our Kinder through 12th grade school in Baja California, Mexico. We are located 60 miles south of Ensenada in a small town, San Vicente.  We serve 250 students from the nearby communities of San Vicente, Bonfil, Colonet and Diaz Ordaz. We are a private Christian school incorporated in the Mexican School Education System.  We charge $300 pesos a month (around $15.00 dollars) that includes tuition & transportation fees. We offer scholarships to the parents who cannot afford paying for these fees.

English Teacher


Our school abides by the Mexican school calendar. We start the year in mid-August and end in the middle of July completing the required 200 school days.  Our school hours are from 7:30 – 3:00 most days, students are taught English every day for 40-50 minute rotations.


  • Be able to teach English every day from 7:50 to 2:00
  • Create daily lesson plans for K – 6th or 7th– 12th grade levels.
  • Be available to work in the Internet room offering support with homework for children who live in the Home from 4:30 – 5:30.   
  • Be flexible, willing and help out wherever possible both in the school and home.


  • Raise prayer and financial support.  
  • Room and board are $300 a month, (car and health insurance and other personal expenses need to be calculated into your budget).

Application Process

  1. 20+ years old – Download, fill out and submit an online application form to (Link below).
  2. Send three recommendation letter to
    1. A Pastor
    2. A family member
    3. A friend
  3. Obtain a physical from a doctor using the form in the online application (Link below).
  4. Obtain a background check. If your church/organization does not have a background check service, there are several online sites that you can use like:  Protect MinistryAccufaxInstant Checkmate.  Make sure the background checks are for a federal or national crime database. We can help with background checks from Sterling Volunteers which costs $20 to cover the price of the background check contact our office for more details
  5. Visit Rancho Santa Marta/Colegio Santa Marta prior to committing to serve here.
  6. Have a valid passport. Remember a passport is required to return to the US.
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40th Anniversary

February 15th of this year will mark the 40th year since the Ranch’s inauguration in 1981.

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There were few structures on the property; a house, a garage and of course, the famous line of hog pens that had been converted into dormitories, a kitchen for visiting groups and eventually the first classrooms of the special education school.

We know that there are many who have contributed to the success of these kids over the last four decades and there are many who are new to the Ranch. For some these pictures will be reminiscent and for others they will be a conversation topic when you come down to visit! We are truly grateful to everyone who supports us with their time, gifts, energy and prayers. Beginning February, we will post pictures and stories of the history of RSM on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to follow us so that you can see and hear how God has blessed us over the last 40 years.

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Playground Project

Playground Upgrade!

Wow!! Fabuloso!! Those are the bilingual expressions to use when you come and see our upgraded playground set. What a blessing for our kids. We had the ribbon cutting ceremony and a short but very important “speech” emphasizing how God shows His love to each one of us at Rancho Santa Marta through the love offerings from our supporters.

The children know that the funds to buy the playground set was from the memorial offerings for Angelina and that same love shown in her memory is also applicable to each one of them. God loves them and is His desire to bless them. Thank you for being part of that blessing. It was a super moment to celebrate life!!

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Thank you for helping us provide a new playground for the kids at the Ranch!

We’ve partnered with Pathways Community Church and Kids Around the World to build a new play structure at Rancho Santa Marta. Pathways Community Church in Santee, CA will be raising the funds and providing the labor to install the new structure. Kids Around the World is an organization that works with playground manufacturers, Parks & Rec Departments and School Districts to locate the highest quality playgrounds that are set to be removed and replaced in the United States. They are gently disassemble and completely refurbished down to the last bolt. These playgrounds are then ready for years and years of future play at a fraction of the cost of new playgrounds.

Why is a playground important?

The existing Ranch playground is over 30 years and is very tired. It’s made of wood and much of it has degraded considerably. A new Kids Around the World playground will be a welcomed change for the kids at the Ranch.

The Ranch has 40 children living full time at it’s orphanage and 250 students enrolled in the K-12 school. The playground is used everyday. It’s a highlight of the day for the kids. Play is important to them and impacts their lives. Play opens doors, drops barriers, expands minds, and heals wounds. All of these benefits are very much needed at the Ranch.

Our Goal: $20,000

What will the new playground look like?

Here are some examples of what the new playground could look like.

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can click the donate button below. Be sure to specify Playground Project when you donate! Thank you! 

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Ensenada House

Breaking Ground

We finally have some progress on the Ensenada house construction. We have hired a construction company in Ensenada to do the construction and it appears obtaining building permits can be a cumbersome and long task. We have the plans and the permit to build the outside walls as you can see in the picture. Let’s pray the other permits come in soon so they can start building the house and move in our students!

Conceptual Photos

We have plans for our Ensenada house and the total cost will be $150,000 dollars. Most of the major projects at the ranch have come to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its’ interruption of our groups coming down, so we are hoping to hire a contractor to construct this house and have it ready by the end of the summer so our university students can have a place to stay while they study in Ensenada. Please pray for the Ensenada house funding.

We again thank Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Walnut Creek, CA for their kickoff amount of $75,000 dollars for this project, which is half of the project! Our cup is half FULL! May God bless them and all the rest who decide to give! Thank you.

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Backpacks and Moving Mountains

Living under a pandemic one never knows how God will move people to support the ranch. With the new school year beginning and with news of online teaching recurring, we did not figure on the surprise that North Coast Church of Carlsbad had in store for our children and students. They announced to us that they were going to have another backpack and school supplies drive for us. In the former years they would have a collection site at their church that would run for three weeks; this year because of social distancing measures, they opened up the church for a drive-through backpack drive that would last only three hours. Should we be surprised that God moved and they received more backpacks during those three hours then they had from previous years of three weeks! Our children already have their new backpacks filled with pencils and paper ready to take on this new online school year. Thank you so much North Coast Church for being a blessing during these unpredictable times!!

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West Valley Presbyterian Church 2020

We thank the West Valley Presbyterian Church of Cupertino, CA for their labors of love last February.  The tasks assigned to them were definitely a challenge:  roofing and rough electrical in the new trades school classrooms, painting the gymnasium bathroom walls, digging holes!! crafts with the elementary classrooms and one day seminars with our ranch and school staff.  All this was accomplished with only fifteen adults!  Job well done!  Gracias!

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Ann’s Van 2019

Ann Baker and Beth Work drove Ann’s van from Sharon, Pennsylvania to our office in San Diego before they headed down to the ranch to serve for the week. This is Ann’s second van that she has donated for the ranch’s use. She herself is a missionary to the homeless on the streets of New York City and uses her van to load up with donated items of food and clothes from her hometown of Sharon, PA in order to minister to the street people of NYC. Every month her goes packed to the roof to bless those in need and then she treks back with an empty van but her heart is filled with joy knowing that God is pleased. Ann has a generous heart and has learned that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. Her one motive in serving and giving is just to be pleasing a pleasing aroma to the Lord. By faith she lets her beloved van go to the ranch knowing God will supply another for her use in NYC.
Thank you Ann for your generosity and for your example of giving. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Covenant Presbyterian family in Sharon, Pennsylvania.

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Baja Beach Bash 2019

The Baja Beach Bash crew of Cameron Steele, Johnny Campbell, Ken and Gene Neal, Chilly White, Mark Moss and the entire Desert Assassins, JCR/Honda and Bullet Proof Diesel families have organized their 11th trip this summer for the support of Rancho/Colegio Santa Marta. These guys have a love for Baja, both the people and the terrain. The off-road community comes together for a fun four-day motorcycle ride and at the same time investing their funds to support the ongoing projects and children’s needs at Santa Marta. We love to share our home with them as they eat their first lunch together and head out for their adventure ride.
Thank you to all who donated and we would love to have you visit whenever you pass your way through Baja California.
Blessings from your Baja Fan Club,
Rancho Santa Marta

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San Juan Capistrano 2019

We have had the pleasure of hosting a group after Christmas into the New Year from the southern Orange County area for many years.  This group is made up of several churches so when asked what the name of their group should be, this was the response: “just call us Christian community from Dana Point with a long history at the ranch who love coming down to put in some work and hang out with the kids!”

And that is exactly what they do best!  The kids are loved on, projects are worked on and the New Year is celebrated with our Santa Marta family.  Thank you for your continued ministry to our children.  You are a blessing and we look forward already to New Year’s 2021!!! 

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Feliz Navidad 2019

Christmas is such a special time for our children and the memories of last December 25 are still in their minds.  Most of our children have no contact with their parents or relatives so the only time they receive a wrapped gift is for Christmas and their birthday.  Gathering forty children/teens together to open gifts at the same time is an exhilarating experience!  The gifts that were sent were welcomed with open arms and smiling faces!  We want to thank the following churches, families and individuals who participated in blessing our children.  A huge thank you to:

  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
  • Calvary Assembly of God – Lomita
  • Rick & Diane Siegal Family
  • Allen & Becky Carlisle Family
  • Sarah & Mike Reilly & Friends
  • Friends of Friends for RSM
  • Gloria Perez of Upper Cervical Chiropractor of San Diego

Through your giving we had enough Christmas presents and birthday gifts for this coming year!

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