Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteer in Mexico with GVI and give back to the under-developed communities and endemic local wildlife, while exploring the only country in the world whose cuisine has been given UNESCO World Heritage status!
Whether you are partaking in an internship, on your career break, gap year or summer holiday, you can be assured that your time on project will be worthwhile and make a long-term, sustainable difference to the lives and futures of community members.

Choose from a range of exciting volunteering options such as:

 

  • Assisting local veterinarians on a variety of animal care projects
  • Contributing towards the conservation of endangered sea turtles
  • Earning your PADI Divemaster while contributing to valuable marine conservation initiatives or,
  • Spending time further inland on critical childcare and teaching projects.

OUR PROGRAMS IN Mexico

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

$10,190.00

"After an incredible three months of living and working at Pez Maya. I have chosen to undertake my Divemaster course in the small fishing village of Xcalak, which is located far down south of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Belize/Mexico border. XTC dive center is blessed with outstanding diving. In one day I was lucky enough to see two nurse sharks, two porcupine fish, moray eels, four rays including eagle rays, turtles, manatees and an abundance of other fish species and healthy corals, not at all unusual for a day’s diving in Xcalak!"

- Clare James - United Kingdom
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you contribute to marine conservation projects in Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

$3,590.00

"Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world."

- Doug Coughran - USA
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Volunteer on Childcare Projects in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Discover Mexico and volunteer at a children's center run by Save the Children. Work to provide a safe environment for the children to learn and play

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

$1,990.00

"Leaving the project – even after this short time – I find I’m connected and I’m sad to say goodbye to a place where I felt more than welcome."

- Gesa Glanz - Denmark
Animal Care

Veterinary Project in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Travel to the Caribbean town of Playa del Carmen and assist with animal care and raising awareness on pet care practices

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Price from

$1,690.00

Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Community Development Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Help vulnerable children learn and develop when you intern at a Save the Children center and further your career ambitions in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

$8,590.00

"I feel I need to share this with past, present and future volunteers. Children don’t just make small talk; they don’t make conversation just to fill the silence the way adults do. These kids ask because truly, each volunteer who have walked through those gates has made an impression. These kids are genuinely aware of our presence, and takes advantage of every opportunity they can to spend time with you- if you let them.

One rule of the Ludoteca is to leave all your problems and ailments outside the gates; I feel that this is true not just for the kids, but for every volunteer too. It’s impossible to feel miserable here."

- Christie Chandra - Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer & Learn Spanish Homestay in Mexico

Mexico - Yucatan
Travel to Mexico and experience the vibrant culture of Playa del Carmen while you brush up on your Spanish and volunteer on various childcare initiatives!

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 -

Price from

$3,830.00

"I feel I need to share this with past, present and future volunteers. Children don’t just make small talk; they don’t make conversation just to fill the silence the way adults do. These kids ask because truly, each volunteer who have walked through those gates has made an impression. These kids are genuinely aware of our presence, and takes advantage of every opportunity they can to spend time with you- if you let them.

One rule of the Ludoteca is to leave all your problems and ailments outside the gates; I feel that this is true not just for the kids, but for every volunteer too. It’s impossible to feel miserable here."

- Christie Chandra - Australia
Volunteer with Children

Central America Childcare Expedition

Latin America - Costa Rica - Mexico - Manuel Antonio - Yucatan
Travel to Latin America and have the “Pura Vida” experience of a lifetime! Explore the beautiful scenery and ancient ruins that Mexico and Costa Rica have to offer when you contribute to a variety of valuable children care initiatives. Help empower young children to know their rights, assist disadvantaged children in understaffed schools and lead extra-curricular art workshops and games.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

$4,380.00

"Many GVI programs are great working vacations. They will provide you with skills you can use the rest of your life. You will have an amazing experience and meet people you will remember for the rest of your life. You will be working alongside people as young as college ages, to people between jobs and from all walks of life. The settings are often rustic, but turn out more comfortable than you expect."

- Colleen Donavan - Australia
Marine Conservation

Mexico Marine Conservation Awareness

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Learn about issues facing marine conservation and earn your PADI Open Water qualification in Mexico's pristine Yucatan Peninsula

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

$3,190.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 meters of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico for Advanced Divers

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Develop your diving skills to the next level while discovering Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of the advanced diving team in partnership with highly regarded organisations, you will be able skip go and dive right into vital marine conservation projects.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 -

Price from

$3,390.00

"I wanted to travel after college or university and this seemed like a great way to experience new things whilst gaining some experience diving. It was a great opportunity for me to do volunteering, diving and travel all together in one package. I had learned to dive 2 years before and fallen in love with it; this program meant I could do that every day.

I learned so much about diving and became very confident with my marine conservation training that I went on to return to GVI to teach new volunteers. I arrived as an Open Water diver and left as an Assistant Instructor nine months later. In that time not only had I become a competent leader in the water but I had also gained experiences I would have never got anywhere else.

I became a new person through my experiences with GVI. I became someone who made a difference with the conservation and teaching that I did and try to carry on doing as an instructor. The nine months I spent with GVI are some of the most memorable from the friends that I have and the adventures we had. I couldn’t go back to normal life so now I am traveling the world teaching people to dive the way I got to learn, in a relaxed care free environment, protecting the reef for the future."

- Rachael Ross - United Kingdom
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Sea Turtle Conservation in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Contribute to the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Central America when you travel to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and assist with turtle monitoring activities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

$2,890.00

"GVI really knows how to run a good volunteer program and seems to leave all of its volunteers wanting to return for another trip. I hope to be able to encourage my friends to try out a program for themselves and hopefully attend another expedition myself.

I gained a sense of understanding and appreciation. I had no idea how well I had it before I went and saw how people in rural Mexico are still living. I came home a completely different person from when I left home 3 months ago and I have GVI to thank for that."

- Catherine Beehler - USA
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