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Volunteer and Intern in Mexico

  • Location: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman, Tecoman
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Spanish
Country Info

Mexico is regarded as an emerging power in the global economy, but a wide gap between the wealthy and the underprivileged has hampered its development. Volunteering with Projects Abroad on a worthwhile project or internship is a way for you to contribute to sustainable development and help improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities. Our projects in Mexico are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a summer break, gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation.

A stall at a street market in Mexico selling baked goods and sweets.

Mexico is a meeting-place of cultures: a modern, industrialized, and well-educated country filled with history. American, Spanish, and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place and the country offers amazing opportunities for volunteers to learn and travel within its expansive borders. It is also one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna.

Staff ProfileOliver Garcia, Country Director
Oliver Garcia
Country Director
“Mexico offers a bit of something for everyone. Our country is a fascinating mixture of cultures, history and traditions, with growing development and enthusiasm to participate in worldwide globalization.

When you join Projects Abroad in Mexico you can be confident about the support of our experienced staff, who will help you all the way from the beginning to the very end of your placement. Remember that half of the experience is up to you: we show you the way but you are the one who has to walk through!”

Where You Will Live in Mexico with Projects Abroad

Volunteers in a local town during her travels with Projects Abroad in Mexico

The large city of Guadalajara is the home of Projects Abroad Mexico. The office is based in a popular cultural and artistic neighborhood, close to the center of the city. We have a variety of volunteer projects and internships for volunteers to get involved in. You could find yourself contributing to Early Childhood Development in orphanages, care centers, and special needs centers, or helping students develop essential language skills in high schools and universities.

If you would like to experience life in a smaller, more rural town, we also offer projects in Ciudad Guzman, a 90 minute journey from Guadalajara. The town sits under the shadow of the great Colima Volcano and offers a more traditional experience than living in Guadalajara. There is a central plaza with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops to explore.

Volunteers traveling to the Conservation & Environment Project stay on the Pacific coast in the small town of Cuyutlan, near Tecoman in the state of Colima. Here, volunteers live together in a shared house close to the project.

Living in Mexico is an incredible experience. All of our volunteers (except for those joining the Conservation & Environment Project) live with a local host family and are 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.

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Mexico

Volunteers and interns form a group of friends in Mexico with Projects Abroad

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 leisure time Attending a soccer match or lucha libre (dramatic Mexican wrestling) followed by a meal of tortas ahogadas - pork rolls drowned in chili sauce - is something that has to be experienced!

Mexico offers a bit of everything to everyone volunteering abroad, all accessible via the reliable bus services that cross the country. Domestic flights are numerous and reasonably priced, so traveling around on weekends and after your project is affordable and easy. 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. It’s a paradise of mountains and volcanoes, deserts, beaches, and ancient ruins and civilizations, with nearly 30 World Heritage Sites.

Projects for All Ages in Mexico

High School Specials for Teens in Mexico

Alternative Spring Break Trips for University Students in Mexico

Projects for professionals available in Mexico

Most recent blogs from Mexico

Asociacion de Dystrofia Muscular de Occidente

Now I will explain more about the other project I have been volunteering at. I am currently in Atlanta Airport with a long layover until my connecting flight back home, and this is the first time I’ve had to properly catch up on this. The Association is for children and young adults with Muscular ...

From the beach

This week I started something new. As well as volunteering in the hospital I went to visit an organisation that works with children and young adults with muscular dystrophy. They have a physiotherapist who works at the project and does therapy with the clients who come, sometimes with their parents, ...

Dirty Day Photos

Volunteering at the hospital

I'm catching up now from when I started volunteering at the hospital, and its been much harder than I thought it would be! Outpatient physiotherapy in a public hospital here couldn’t be more different to that of the NHS in the UK. First of all, there is normally only one physiotherapist treating maybe ...

Medical Outreach Project

On Thursday I joined some others on a medical outreach project to the outskirts of Guadalajara. We were in a community centre in a poorer area of town, for people to come and receive free healthcare.  It was mostly things like taking their history and vital signs, which I got to do for the first time, ...

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