Mexico

  • Volunteer in Mexico, teaching English in beautiful, laid back rural communities
  • Work with children in orphanages and youth projects
  • Volunteer with children with special needs and disabilities
  • Join a turtle or whale conservation projects in stunning locations
  • Projects suitable for under 18s

Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteering in Mexico provides a rich cultural experience for volunteers aged 17 to 70 plus.  Here you can live as part of a local community, make a difference to a project that needs your help and learn a language while you volunteer.

Whether you choose to volunteer in a marine conservation project , with sea turtles or whales or a project teaching children or supporting disabled people the projects here depend on the input of volunteers.

Our volunteer projects in Mexico are based in the beautiful coastal town of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding villages on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.  The long sandy beaches attract tourists from America and Europe who enjoy the beachfront cafes and restaurants.  The rest of the town is more traditional family homes with hammocks, outdoor cooking, and dirt streets, where fishing provides the major source of income.

volunteering in Mexico

Horse riding is part of the culture

Increasingly an industrial country with a growing economy, it has the familiar problem of wealth inequality, with the gap between rich and poor being the highest in the world according to OECD. Some 51% of the population to live in poverty (2012) and more than 10% in extreme poverty (i.e. on less than $1.25 per day).

The country is famous for its pre-hispanic architecture of massive stone temples dedicated to the sun and moon. There are artisan markets selling woven fabrics, ceramics, metalwork and carvings. White water rafting, scuba diving, surfing, horse riding and mountain biking tours are available in numerous places.

Mexico has a special place in our hearts as it is where Outreach International started its first volunteering programme nearly 20 years ago. So we have long established connections with the community.

Mexico Family Stay

As a volunteer you’ll live with a host family in accommodation close to the beach.  Our family stays are warm, welcoming, and supportive. A real experience of Mexican life which is influenced strongly by tradition, the importance of the family connections, friendships and of course, fiestas.

Our Sea Turtle Conservation Project provides a rare opportunity for volunteers to get close to nature and live in a beach camp dedicated to conserving the marine environment.

Learn Spanish In Mexico

Whatever your level of Spanish there is a role for you to help. You’ll receive 1 or 2 weeks of 1 to 1 dedicated Spanish tuition to help you get started or to polish up any language skills you already have.

Beginners can learn the basics and those with intermediate or advanced skills can learn to speak Spanish more fluently. Mexico has the largest Spanish speaking population in the world (over 115 million) so it is the perfect place to learn Spanish.

Volunteer Support

Mexico is an ideal location for travelers volunteering abroad for the first time. We offer a higher level of support from our local host families, from the projects, and from our local coordinator. Mexico is an ideal location for those with less travel experience,  if you would like a little more support and a homestay experience.

See all of our Mexico projects that you can participate in.

 

  • Country
    co-ordinator

    Greta Ruiz



    Greta lives close to our project base in Puerto Vallarta and has been working with us since 2006. She lived in London for three years where she completed her MSc in veterinary science. In addition to supporting our volunteers she now works as a Pilates instructor. She is brilliantly organised and works relentlessly to improve our programmes and offer support to the Mexico volunteers.

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Things to see and do

Language

Tourist areas will have some English speakers but to fully experience the culture we encourage you to learn some Spanish. Your first week will be spent part time on your project and part time having Spanish lessons with a personal tutor.

Visa

A 180 day tourist visa is available on entry to the country by completing a tourist card on arrival. The cost is usually included in your flight cost. If you travel through airports in the USA you will need to get an online ESTA transit visa 72 hours in advance at a cost of $15.

Currency

The Mexican Peso (MXN) is the local currency, which uses a $ sign so be clear that you are working in the correct currency, as there are roughly $25MXN to £1GBP. US Dollars are also widely accepted but expect change to be given in $MXN

Be Aware

The environment can include hot sun, significant storms in the rainy season and strong ocean currents. Look out for the threat of petty theft, and women should be prepared for the machismo culture that can be uncomfortable for western women in particular.