Today’s students, tomorrow’s leaders.

Interested in joining our high school leadership team?

Applications go out every summer for our high school leadership team. They will be posted on our website or you can email Kirsten Chaplin to get on our high school email list.


What is the CDL internship?

The Casas de Luz internship was created to empower high school students and develop their leadership skills. We newly renamed our internship as the leadership team in 2018 to fully embrace the high school students as developing leaders. Our leadership team consists of high school students in their sophomore to senior year.

As leaders, our volunteers work collaboratively with one another and the community to pursue individual, large-scale projects as an extension of the CDL organization. In addition to organizing fundraisers, taking on a leadership role in home builds, and doing community outreach, leaders learn the cooperation and communication skills necessary for a real working environment. Not only are they given the opportunity to make a tangible change in Tijuana communities, but also to better themselves and gain exposure to an environment different from their own.

Leaders are taught basic fundraising, leadership, effective communication, teamwork and initiative. The leadership team meets once every three weeks on a Monday evening. During those 3 weeks leaders must meet a requirement of 9 hours of work. These hours are just a baseline to reach their individual and team goals.

The CDL internship program has honestly made a huge difference in my life. I feel like I get the chance to actually make a change in the world. I’m given my own responsibilities and I take on my own projects. I get to turn my ideas into a life-changing reality for families in TJ.
— Natalie Feldman