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Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer
Mexico > Childcare
Completely flexible dates
Guadalajara (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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 cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteering in childcare in Mexico right for me?
This project is perfect for anyone who loves working with children. It's also a great option if you're interested in studying childcare or early childhood development, and want practical experience.
It will also help you develop important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and planning. You can apply these skills to any career you pursue.
You don’t need previous experience to join. You'll support local staff and caregivers and Projects Abroad staff will be there to guide you. We also run regular workshops for all Childcare and Teaching volunteers, and our online resources is a great facility for you to draw from.
You can join this project at any time throughout the year, for a minimum of two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can have a bigger impact on the children you work with.
What will I do on this project?
Your main role in Mexico is to support local teachers and caregivers. Your work will cover the following areas:
- Support early childhood development through fun games and lessons
- Make educational resources like flashcards and posters
- Participate in workshops surrounding local childcare and educational practices
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Improve children’s learning and development through play
You can help improve early childhood development by teaching them educational songs, doing arts and crafts, and playing organised games outdoors. These activities will include coming up with creative ways for them to learn, while making sure they have fun and remain engaged.
Improve the children’s learning environment
Childcare volunteering in Mexico also focuses on preparing resources for educational lessons. These include posters, flashcards, and any other materials you think could be useful. As a result, future volunteers and teachers can build on your work and use it to teach kids long after you've left.
Learn about childcare and educational practices
Projects Abroad staff run regular workshops for volunteers. These workshops offer up great insight into the Mexican childcare system and the background of your placement. It will be a great source of information for you regarding your work. You can also use this time to exchange ideas and discuss challenges you’re facing.
Where in Mexico will I work?
Guadalajara has winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous colonial architecture, and a serene urban area. Many of the images characterised as ‘Mexican’ have their roots here. The modernisation of the city allows volunteers to experience both old and new, all within the cities’ confines.
The care centres in Guadalajara where you’ll work vary in size. The children come have various different backgrounds.
What is a typical day on this Childcare Project like?
Each day in Mexico starts with breakfast at your host family’s home. Then, you’ll head to your placement using public transport, or walking if you’re close enough. We’ll show you how to get there on your first day.
Your workday will start at 9am and finish around 5pm, Monday through Friday. It will be filled with lots of running around and activity, and it will undoubtedly go by in a flash!
The majority of your day will revolve around hosting the next lesson, overseeing play time, or conducting activities. These activities will aim to help with physical advancement and cognitive development. Play-dough, arts and crafts, and colouring are all great activities that help refine the children’s motor skills.
Your evenings, however, will be much more laidback. You will get the opportunity to spend your free time with your fellow volunteers, and explore the city.
What are the aims of this project?
The aim of this project is to improve early childhood development in Mexico. Our volunteers play a vital role in helping children reach the developmental milestones typical for their age.
Mexico is still recognised as a developing country, and this is reflected in its education system in which imbalances still remain. The country also suffers from economic inequality, and many families continue to rely on the struggling public school system.
Today, there is an increasing amount of evidence pointing towards the importance of early years education. The care centres we work with are overcrowded and understaffed, and we need your help to make sure each child gets the education they need. Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Mexico, but rather focus on community-based programmes that allow children to remain within their families.
By supporting early childhood development, you’ll give young children the skills they need to cope with the demands of first year when they start school. In line with this, we’ve identified four long-term, sustainable goals to work toward in Mexico:
- Promote early childhood development
- Improve hygiene
- Improve English
- Improve the level of stimulation each child receives
Volunteer with children in Mexico and help us achieve these goals.
I wanted to spend my last birthday as a 30-something in a special and memorable way, so I thought I would look into volunteering abroad. I adore children but unfortunately can’t have any of my own, so I decided the next best thing would be to take some time to look after children.
Volunteering with Children in Mexico
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
Meet the team in Mexico
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