The idea for VozMaya came about as a result of 44 years of travel to Mexico. I fell in love with Mexico at 14 and that first trip influenced major decisions for the rest of my life. My name is Jane Custer. I live part-time in Bend, Oregon and part time in various Mexico destinations.
I began my quest to learn Spanish fluently after that first trip to Mexico in 1967. I had studied Spanish in school while growing up in Palo Alto, California but not seriously. After my first trip to Mexico with my mother, with stops in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, all that changed. I was working for Mexicana Airlines in Los Angeles, California when I applied for college in Cholula, Puebla. I attended there and eventually went on to study in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Returning after my schooling to California, I started a seminar company, training travel agents about Mexico.
In 2006 my company was invited to join the World Heritage Alliance, a project combining the resources of the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. and Expedia in Seattle. The goal was to promote travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the bigger goal of supporting the communities (mostly indigenous in Mexico’s case) that surround these awesome cultural and natural sites. We launched our efforts in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Sadly the organization dissolved, but my desire to assist the Maya communities did not. My desire to keep a promise, to give these people, whose ancestors built these amazing fortress communities, a voice, was the seed for VozMaya.
These cards and indeed, this project, would not have been completed without the artistic talent and dedication of artist John Hillmer whose whimsical designs bring the text to life. www.johnhillmer.com
After covering overhead costs, the profits from VozMaya are used to maintain this website and to share it with the native people of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.