Volunteer in Mexico with Projects Abroad
Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures; a modern, industrialised and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes developed and developing worlds. Mexico is a stimulating cocktail of wealth and poverty, colour and vibrance.
Our projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Where we are Based in Mexico
The large city of Guadalajara is the home of Projects Abroad Mexico. The office is based in a popular cultural and artistic neighbourhood, close to the centre of the city
We also have some projects in Ciudad Guzman which allow volunteers to experience life in a smaller Mexican town, under the shadow of the great Colima volcano. If you are on the Conservation & Environment Project, you'll stay in a volunteer house near our turtle conservation centre.
Living in Mexico is an experience difficult to match. You'll live with a host family, enabling you to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and community, from the universal passion for football, to the 'Day of the Dead', when the whole country grinds to a halt to honour its ancestors.
General Information on Mexico
Mexico is a paradise country of mountains and volcanoes, deserts and beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and civilizations, with nearly 30 World Heritage Sites. It is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna.
Mexicans are proud of their roots and ancient traditions but also live with the US superpower next door. The importance of English is therefore apparent to everyone.
Travel and Tourism in Mexico
Guadalajara is fondly known as the most Mexican of cities. Sombreros, mariachi music, tequila and rodeo riders all originated in Guadalajara.
There are plenty of activities here to fill your time off. Attending a football fiesta followed by a meal of tortas ahogadas - pork rolls drowned in chilli sauce - is something that has to be experienced. Or try a night out at one of Guadalajara's salsa clubs or visit a small town with a group of volunteers and become the star of the local festival; in Mexico, anything's possible!
Mexico offers a wide range of travel opportunities to anyone volunteering abroad, all accessible via the reliable bus services that criss-cross the country. There are cheap, clean, modest hotels in almost every small town.
To get away from it all, find a good map and some timetables and head for the beaches, hills, jungles or mountains. In Mexico it is easy to get off the beaten track. You'll soon be climbing up ancient pyramids, whale-watching or surfing the Mexican waves. Domestic flights are numerous and reasonably priced so it's cheap and easy to travel around Mexico after your project.
Projects available in Mexico
Gain valuable business work experience as an intern with a consulting company in Guadalajara. Volunteers will assist consultants with their client work, which may include branding and crisis management.
Placements are located in the bustling city of Guadalajara, although we also have placements in Ciudad Guzman for those who prefer a smaller, more traditional area. Volunteers work with children to help their development.
Work with a local NGO in Guadalajara, helping to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community and assisting with fundraising and programme development.
Join our Conservation project in Mexico and protect endangered species of sea turtle and work on research into endangered species of crocodiles and the local lagoon wildlife, while living in a volunteer house near the beach.
As a volunteer, you can spend time working with one of a variety of NGOs situated in Guadalajara, focusing on issues such as transport, human rights, women's rights and immigration.
Volunteer at a local radio station in Mexico and you could find yourself on air on your first or second day! You can get involved in co-presenting live current affairs programmes and conducting interviews.
As part of your Dentistry Elective placement, you will be able to witness the treatment of a variety of dental issues, while learning more about dentistry practice in Mexico.
By taking your Medical Elective with us, you will gain a great deal of valuable work experience in the field. Volunteers on this placement will be based in Guadalajara.
If you have a moderate grasp of the Spanish language, Mexico may be the ideal place for you to take your Nursing Elective. Shadow medical staff and build on your previous nursing experience.
Through taking a Physiotherapy Elective in Mexico you will get the chance to work in a busy city hospital or a school for disabled children. Local staff will be there to provide guidance and support.
Volunteer in Mexico and work at a busy hospital or clinic in the bustling city of Guadalajara. You can observe and assist with a variety of tasks, from dental check-ups to outreach programmes.
Volunteer in Mexico and work alongside local doctors in a city hospital in Guadalajara. There are a variety of departments in which you could work including gynaecology, paediatrics and surgery.
Volunteering on a Nursing project in Mexico is a great way to gain valuable experience, while learning about healthcare practice in a different country. You will be working in city hospitals in Guadalajara.
A volunteer Physiotherapy project in Mexico is a great way to gain work experience in this field whilst living in one of the most vibrant countries in the world.
Intern in the field of social work in Mexico and support and assess children. You will provide them with appropriate care and treatment under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.
Volunteer at a local secondary school in Mexico and inspire children to develop their individual sporting ability. You can get involved in teaching football, volleyball and basketball.
Volunteer as an English teacher in the city of Guadalajara or Ciudad Guzman and help improve the English language skills of local students. You can work at a secondary school or at a university.
Animal Care Falconry
Volunteer on our exciting Falconry Project in Guadalajara, where you will get hands-on experience helping to rehabilitate injured birds of prey for release back into the wild.
Animal Care Veterinary Medicine
Volunteer at an animal clinic in Guadalajara and help provide treatment to domestic pets. You will work with the animals and their owners, and help with treatments like vaccinations.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Spanish language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular volunteer placement. Learning a language is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Mexico
Volunteers in Mexico divide their time between contributing to the preservation of endangered turtles and crocodile conservation, learning Spanish and practising their new language skills with local people.
Volunteers on the Public Health High School Special project work alongside qualified local doctors and nurses. You can get involved in a variety of activities, including basic health checks, immunisation drives and more.