Volunteer Abroad in Mexico
- Mexico Program General Information
- Working/Living Agenda of Mexico Programs
- Other Useful Information
Mexico Program General Information
Locations of Mexico Volunteer/Intern Programs
We have volunteer work placements in both urban and rural areas in Mexico. Possible locations include but not limited to:
- Tepic Area
- Guadalajara Area
- Montreal Area
- Puerto Vallarta Area
- Other areas can possibly be arranged upon request
In urban and suburban locations, most homes will have electricity and running water. In rural areas, resources are very limited and the condition can be very basic.
Start Dates and Durations
We pride ourselves for our flexibility. You can arrive any week of the year with enough advanced notice.
You can volunteer for periods of 1 week to 6 months. In the end of your program, if you wish to stay longer, we can arrange for your extension as long as you give us enough advanced notice .
Mexico Volunteer Work Placements
There are volunteer work placements available in both urban and rural Mexico. Our volunteer/intern work placements include 5 major categories:
- Orphanage Work
- Caring for the Elderly or the Disabled
- General Community Works
- Sharing Your Skills
- Medical Placements
- Assisting Health Professionals
- Teaching Children
- Tutoring Help
- Teaching English
- Sharing Your Skills
- Sports Education
- Special Education
(2) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Please note that some work placements may require a surcharge since they are harder or more costly to arrange. Also, more works can possibly be arranged upon request.
Mexico Volunteer and Intern Requirements
- Age Requirement: You can apply on your own if you are 18 years or over at the start of the program. For participants who are 15-17 years old at the start of the program, it is possible to enroll if the legal guardian gives permission and signs our waiver form to waive our liability.
- Language Requirement: You must be able to speak English. Also, it is strongly recommended for participants to be able to speak at least some Spanish since many local people don’t speak English.
- Cooperation and Adaptability: You should be able to work well with others, including people who are quite different from yourself. Also, you should be able to adapt to foreign environments, other cultures, and new situations. There is a need for international volunteers to be cooperative and flexible. The success of doing a project abroad also depends on you.
- Some positions may require volunteers/interns have relevant training or certification.
Mexico Program Prices
Our fees are among the lowest in the industry and extremely affordable. Our program fee starts as little as USD$180. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program.
|Program Length||Program Fee USD$|
|1 Month (4 Weeks)||580|
|2 Months (8 Weeks)||980|
To see an estimate of these prices in your local currency click here.
Note: There is an additional fee of USD$290 (enrollment fee) on top of the program fee for all the programs. This enrollment fee helps us cover mainly the fixed costs, such as program inspection, staff salary, marketing cost, etc. Also, certain work placements and certain locations may require a surcharge since they are harder or more costly to arrange. Participants are fully responsible for any surcharges and transaction costs.
Total Price = Program Fee + Enrolment Fee (plus transaction costs and any surcharge)
What is included?
- Accommodation and Meals
- Hotline for Local Support
- Arrival Welcome and Program Orientation
- Volunteer Work Placement
- Regular Cultural/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included) are Provided by Many Hosts
What is not included?
- International and Local Transportation Costs (One way local bus tickets cost around US$0.5.)
- Medical/Travel Insurance (Optional buy recommended)
- Visa Application Costs and Personal Spending
Working/Living Agenda of Mexico Programs
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation and meals are included. Volunteers live with a local home-stay family or guest house or orphanage home.
The majority of our home-stay families in Mexico can provide the following features:
- Running water
- Bedroom with basic furniture (either private or shared with another volunteer of the same gender)
In the rural areas, the resources are limited and the living condition can be very basic.
Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families.
Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish.
If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
It is exciting to live with a local family. This way, you can easily learn the local way of life, meet local people, and feel more like a part of Mexico rather than just a tourist. We strongly encourage you to try the local flavours and experience the local culture and traditions as much as possible. Keep in mind that it is important to be open-minded and to be flexible. You shouldn’t expect that you would eat the same food or have the same lifestyle as you do at home. Actually, one of the most important things you will learn abroad is how their way of living is just as correct as ours.
Arrival and Orientation
Day 1 (Arrival Day)
On arrival day, we will
- 1) Give you a warm welcome.
2) Then we will take you to your home-stay family in Mexico.
3) Introduce you to the home-stay family members.
4) Then we will leave you to rest after your long flight.
Day 2 (Orientation Day)
This orientation is important and it is mandatory for ensuring a safe and pleasant stay. You only need to bring your packed lunch and some drinking water with you.
- We will show you how to take bus from home to some important places (such as workplace, town, supermarket, ATM, etc.)
- (Usually it costs around US$0.5 for a one way bus ticket in town. )
- Travel Opportunities
- You can exchange contact information with other volunteers.
- It is a good opportunity for you to get connected with other volunteers. After getting connected, you may want to socialize or plan your weekend trip together.
1) Introduction to Your Work Program
2) Introduction to Your Environment
3) Introduction to Mexico
4) Getting Connected
Workweek and Workdays
Our volunteer programs are highly flexible and can be customized for you. You can either do full time or part time work depending on your preference. Some volunteers would like to work a lot, while others like to have more free time to travel, socialize, and relax.
The amount of work will be customized for you. Certain work placements do require full time volunteers or have a fixed schedule, but many works can be very flexible.
- If you think it is more important to get your favourite placement rather than your preferred work schedule, please indicate that while applying so that we can put more weight on work type when we customize the program for you. If you don’t indicate anything, we may give your preferred work schedule more consideration while we customize the program for you.
- Workweek option 1: (Regular) Work from Mon. to Fri.
- Workweek option 2: (Long weekend) Work from Mon. to Thursday.
- Workweek option 3: (Work and Rest) Work only on Mon., Wed. & Fri.
- Workweek option 4: (As Much As Possible) Work 6-7 days per week if possible.
- Workweek option 5: (Fully Open) Come in and help whichever day you want.
- Workday option 1: (Full day) Approximately 8 hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
- Workday option 2: (Part time early bird) Approximately 4 hours from 9am to 1pm.
- Workday option 3: (Part time afternoon) Approximately 4 hours from 12pm to 4pm.
- Workday option 4: (Fully Open) Come in and help whenever you want.
(If you have different preferences, you can let us know so that we can try to customize further for you).
Leisure Time (Enjoyment and Friendship)
Our volunteers usually form life-long friendships with their host family, workplace co-workers, and other volunteers. Mexicans are very friendly and welcoming. The chances are that you will find it easier to make friends in Mexico than in your home country.
We aim to fulfill your leisure time with enjoyment. Many host families will get the volunteers involved in their recreational activities. You can join weekend tours or add a tour after your volunteer program for an additional cost. We recommend that you compare prices before you purchase any tour.
Other Useful Information
Mexico Entry Requirements (Visa Information)
People from the following countries and regions do not need visas to enter Mexico as tourists or business visitors:
- Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America, Venezuela.
The issue of a tourist visa is very straight forward. Stay of Tourists and Business Visitors may not exceed 180 days. For a trouble-free entry, we recommend that you write the purpose of your entry as tourism or vacation, which is true since our volunteers are classified as volunteer tourists.
For the most updated information, please check with the local Mexican embassy.
Also, you may find the following links helpful:
Travel Services (Tours and Flights)
Whenever our volunteer need, we provide travel services/advices. If you are going to buy flight and book tours on your own, we strongly recommend that you get price quotes from different sources and compare them before you make your purchase.
Mexico Country Profile and Pictures
Mexico Capital: Mexico City
Official Language: Spanish
Time Zone: Central Time (UTC-6)
Puerto Vallarta has a typical tropical climate, with nearly constant temperature and humidity year round. Pick up a pair of sunglasses and some major sun-block before you come down. The rainy season runs from June through Mid-October, with virtually no precipitation the rest of the year. Even in rainy season, the rain normally falls in short bursts, most often at night, with most days being hot and dry.
The Local Currency
The local currency is the Mexican Peso. US$1 is approximately 12 Mexican Pesos. We recommend that you bring a debit or a credit card for ATM cash withdraws. ATMs are easily accessible in Mexico and most of them accept international debit and credit cards. It is probably the safest and easiest way for you to access your cash.
Personal Expense in Mexico
As food and accommodation are both included, you don’t need to expect to spend much money at all. Actually, you will probably find that $20 is more than enough for your weekly personal expense. You should expect more spending if you plan to take tours.
Going global can be an exciting experience and nervous at the same time. Regardless of where you are in the world, safety can never be guaranteed. Mexico is one of the most popular tourism destinations and is considered to be reasonably safe.
While it is unlikely for something to happen to you, we do recommend that you take the following precautions.
- If you must carry a handbag, try to keep your handbag in front of you.
- Be careful when crossing the streets.
- We recommend that you bring two bank/credit cards when you travel but keep them in different places. You can probably keep one in your wallet with you for daily use and keep the other card in a very safe place for back-up purpose. In this case, if anything happens, at least you won’t loss both cards at the same time.
Communications infrastructure is reasonably good in Mexico. It is easy to call and to send emails. Internet cyber is also affordable (around US$1.5 per hour). The country code of Mexico is +521.
Things to Bring
- You should at least bring a lunch box, a water bottle, and other personal necessities.
- A plug adapter is strongly recommended as you will probably need to charge your electronics.
- Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Mexico:
- Primary Socket Types: North American Non-Grounded , North American Grounded
- Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada, most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
- For Multi-voltage electronics/appliances (laptops, etc.), you only need a plug adapter.
- Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Mexico:
- A digital camera is recommended.
- Laptop is not necessary, however many volunteers like to bring their own PC.
- Mosquito-net could be nice to have in some areas, but again it is not absolutely necessary.
- If you forget to bring some things (such as basic shampoo or basic water bottle), it is easy to buy them in Mexico. Other things (such as electronics or a special brand of body wash) may be hard or more expensive to get in Mexico.