Mexico

Whether its culture, nature or adventure you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Mexico. Take a wander through the colonial cities, discover the Mayan ruins hidden deep in lush forests, test out your surfing skills or dive in crystal blue cenotes. All those activities are bound to work up an appetite, and lucky you, because Mexico is the only country in the world whose cuisine has been given UNESCO World Heritage status, so you know you’re in for a gastronomic treat.

The opportunities for volunteering in Mexico are no less varied than the activities. You can help conserve pumas, jaguars and magnificent coral reefs, teach children English, sport, art and even assist with animal care projects. Join us in Mexico for he adventure of a lifetime!

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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

$8,662.00

"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

$3,052.00

"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

$1,692.00

"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

$1,437.00

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

$7,302.00

"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
Teaching
Volunteer with Children
Multifocus

Volunteer Explorer in Mexico and Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Mexico - Manuel Antonio - Yucatan
Travel to Mexico and Costa Rica to volunteer in children's centres assisting disadvantaged children in their personal and educational development

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

$4,403.00

"Teaching English to the kids of El Cocal has been a real joy. They are so eager to learn English words! It can be quite a challenge sometimes but it is so rewarding when they run up to you, wanting to show you something new they have learned in English. It’s great seeing how fast they progress."

- Patrick Regan - 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

$2,372.00

"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
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

$2,712.00

"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
Volunteer with Children
Healthcare

Volunteer Health Project in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Visit Playa del Carmen in Mexico and volunteer assisting children and young people with special needs through various therapies and activities

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

$1,692.00

"As the first volunteer to work on the new healthcare program, I was excited to visit the special needs school to learn how it runs. During my stay, I was able to be involved in the centre’s equine therapy and music therapy programs as well as private therapy sessions. At the request of the school staff, we created learning materials so the staff can teach road safety and assisted with initiating a clothing drive to raise funds for the school. I think it’s very exciting for GVI to be initiating this program to assist in providing the best opportunities to these children. I look forward to following the GVI blog to see how this program develops!"

- Alice Sexton - Australia
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Visit Mexico's Playa del Carmen and volunteer at a children's center run by Save the Children. Encourage new skills and confidence through creative arts

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

$1,692.00

"Once we arrive at our destination we’re immediately greeted by an overwhelming amount of local children. They all gather around greeting us with hugs and kisses, it’s a delight to see their faces light up as we all walk in. They are the most polite, adorable, grateful kids I have ever known, and not a minute goes by without an array of grinning faces staring back at me. It really is a pleasure to be a part of their lives, even just for a short amount of time. It really is a life changing experience. I can only hope that we have had the same impact on their lives as they have had on mine. It’s going to be impossible to say goodbye."

- Camilla Brahde - United Kingdom
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