Join our International Development internship in Mexico and gain hands-on work experience at local and international NGOs. You’ll help address different issues that affect the population, from women’s rights to immigration. This is a different and exciting way to add value to your CV, and it could help your future career.
The goal of this project is to create positive, long-term change and improve the wellbeing of local communities. You’ll get involved in all kinds of practical work, from fundraising for the NGOs, to field work in the communities themselves. This work will give you a deeper insight into the challenges people face every day in Mexico.
You’ll live and work in Guadalajara, and stay with a local host family. There’s plenty to see and do in your free time, and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn or practice your Spanish!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You need to speak basic Spanish.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do at my International Development placement in Mexico?
The work you do on this project depends on the area you wish to focus on. You can expect to get involved with these kinds of activities:
- Support immigrants travelling through Mexico
- Work to empower women in marginalised communities
- Help to address child malnutrition
- Get involved in community land rights issues
Support immigrants travelling through Mexico
People travelling through Mexico en route to the United States face a perilous journey. Our partner NGO works to support these immigrants with food, shelter, and clothing, as well as with legal matters.
As an intern, you’ll help to distribute supplies, fundraise, and promote the work of the organisation. This will involve writing press releases or running social media campaigns. You may also assist with interviewing immigrants and get statements about human rights abuses that have occurred.
Work to empower women in marginalised communities
Another one of our partner NGOs works with women in marginalised communities, helping them to start up their own small businesses. Here you have the opportunity to work on fundraising initiatives, do some translation, and organise educational workshops. If you have previous business experience, this will be an asset. You will then be able to assist the women with the design and implementation of their business plans.
Help to address child malnutrition
Those with an interest in socioeconomics and public health may find this particular option ideal for them. You’ll intern with a local NGO that has been working for over fifty years to reduce levels of child malnutrition. You’ll assist with their campaigns to promote health education and good eating habits.
Get involved in community land rights issues
One of our partner organisations is an NGO that provides legal services to communities whose land is threatened by the construction of dams and mines. You’ll work on initiatives that keep the community active and engaged, and promote democracy and human rights.
Where in Mexico will I work?
You will be based in the city of Guadalajara which is located close to the centre of Mexico, near to the west coast. It’s a vibrant city, and an economic and cultural hub. There’s plenty to do here, with numerous museums, a thriving art scene, and restaurants serving up delicious local cuisine.
We have partnered with a number of different NGOs in Guadalajara. They are all located in and around the metropolitan area, and focus on supporting disadvantaged communities.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I’ve always had a pretty modest lifestyle, but since my placement, I’ve cut back on unnecessary expenses and I even think twice about the amount of food I put on my plate.
International Development Internship in Mexico
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