Volunteer and Intern in Mexico
- Location: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman, Tecoman
- Accommodation: Host families
- Local languages: Spanish
Mexico is a beautiful country, and a great place to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures: a modern, industrialized 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 mixture of wealth and poverty, and offers amazing opportunities for volunteers to learn and travel within its expansive borders.
It’s a paradise country of mountains and volcanoes, deserts and beautiful beaches and 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.
Our projects in Mexico are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a college summer break, gap year, career break or volunteer vacation.
Volunteer Work and Internships in Mexico
The large city of Guadalajara is the home of Projects Abroad Mexico. Our volunteer office base is right next to the magnificent Expiatorio Cathedral in the center of the city. Teaching, Care, Culture & Community, Sports, Conservation & Environment, Medicine & Healthcare, Journalism, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care, Arts & Crafts, International Development, Business and Spanish language placements are all available to volunteers.
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 on the coast at our turtle camp, about three hours’ drive from Guadalajara.
Living in Mexico is an experience difficult to match. You’ll live with a host family and be immersed in the local lifestyle and community, from the universal passion for soccer to the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, when the whole country grinds to a halt to honor its ancestors.
Volunteer Vacations and Voluntourism in Mexico
Guadalajara is fondly known as the most Mexican of cities. Tequila, sombreros, mariachi music and rodeo riders all originated in Guadalajara.
There are plenty of activities here to fill your time off. Attending a soccer fiesta followed by a meal of tortas ahogadas - pork rolls drowned in chili sauce - is something that has to be experienced. 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 bit of everything to everyone volunteering abroad, all accessible via the reliable bus services that 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 a bus schedule and head for the beaches, hills, jungles or mountains. In Mexico it is easy to get off the beaten track. You’ll soon be walking up ancient pyramids, whale-watching, trekking or surfing the Mexican waves.
Projects for All Ages in Mexico
Protect endangered sea turtles and research endangered species of crocodiles and the local lagoon wildlife while living on our stunning beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Work at a local publication in Mexico and get involved in writing articles about topical issues or events.
Work 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 programs and conducting interviews.
Choose between interning in a special center for wild and domestic animals or working in the butterfly and bird laboratories of one of the biggest public parks in Guadalajara.
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 placement.