Baja Challenge

Each year San Diego’s real estate/building and related industries forms teams to build homes for destitute families in Mexico.

Baja Challenge is open to all real estate related companies with no construction skill required and takes placec in the countryside near Tecate.

For complete information, visit the Baja Challenge website.

Every participant will be required to sign a waiver before participating in Baja Challenge. Waivers will be completed online and take less than a few minutes. Waivers are being prepared and will be posted to this page shortly, check back later.

Baja Challenge October 14, 2023

San Diego’s real estate/building and related industries are challenged to build homes for destitute families in Mexico. No experience is necessary, but it is greatly appreciated.

Each team is responsible for raising the cost of materials per house and providing a volunteer building crew. An additional amount can also be donated, at each team’s option, to provide an outhouse for the family whose home they are building.

Checks made payable to PROJECT MERCY (Tax ID# 33-0677892)

Send Checks to:

Paula Claussen
12648 Cherrywood Street
Poway, CA 92064

When: TBD

Who: Open to all real estate related companies (no construction skill required):
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Construction Companies, Architects, Banks, Title Companies, Residential Brokerage, Developers, and Real Estate Organizations.

Where: In the countryside on the southeast side of Tecate.

Each house is built for an eligible family who owns their small lot (qualified by Project Mercy). We will meet at the Otay Mesa Border at 6:00 AM (see directions). The directions link also includes information on the ID requirements for crossing the Border.

Why: A wonderful opportunity for us to give back to the community and to work with colleagues in our field.

For more information, please contact:
Devin Beale

Baja Challenge 2021

Saturday October 16, 2021

It was an exciting day on October 16th, 2021 as members of NAIOP got back together for our annual Baja Challenge in Mexico.

After celebrating our 20th year of Baja Challenge in 2019, it was a sad blow to be unable to bring this great group of people together in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year many companies gave their support and sent zealous teams of volunteers down to build nine houses in the neighborhood of Antorcha.

Families in Antorcha had their slabs ready and waiting in anticipation of 2020 Baja Challenge as early as March of last year. Hence there was a lot of joy among the local families in the neighborhood and great enthusiasm among the builders as the new homes finally went up.

We are looking forward to welcoming even more groups back next year! Thank you Devin Beale for arranging this year’s event and a big thank you to all sponsors and participants.

Participating Groups


See the complete album of pictures here.

Baja Challenge 2019

Saturday October 12, 2019