Volunteer in Mexico

Mexico is a country overflowing with excitement, authenticity and culture. Located just south of North America’s southwest border, Mexico is home to a mix of Spanish, American and Indigenous cultures and people and has a history full of exploration, conquest and war. It contains everything from large, metropolitan cities and a gorgeous coast, to countryside and small, authentic towns laden with indigenous influence. Mexico is a developing country, therefore, is in great need of volunteers in social work, health and education. Volunteering abroad in Mexico truly goes a long way, so if you love working with people and want invest your efforts where they are most needed, elect Mexico as your volunteer destination. The most popular volunteer destinations in Mexico will most likely be along the coast. Cities like Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Merida, and Cuernavaca are popular (with the addition of the central city, Mexico City), especially for humanitarian efforts. Due to a large wage and socioeconomic gap, the majority of Mexicans live below the poverty line, causing an immense need for help in human-directed efforts. Volunteering in any of these cities would do a lot to help support the people and communities in need. Oaxaca is a city heavily influenced by indigenous culture. It is located about 300 miles south of Mexico City and six miles from the famous indigenous site of Monte Alban. Located 5,000 feet above sea level, its moderate climate is unbeatable and is one of the safest tourist cities to visit. Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. It has a thriving music scene and the largest art market in the country. In both of these cities, volunteer work in education, health and social work are greatly needed. Social work volunteers usually participate in projects working with children or with community based projects. Education volunteers usually teach and work directly with the students in a classroom setting. If you elect to pursue humanitarian volunteer opportunities in Mexico, it is suggested that you have a basic to intermediate understanding of Spanish. Most importantly, if you are in the health sector, you must know Spanish at a medical, near-professional level. In addition to the humanitarian projects, there are also opportunities available in environmental conservation. In agricultural cities such as Tecoman (off of the Pacific coast), there is a need for help in farming and agricultural efforts. In a beach-heavy city like Playa del Carmen, there is demand for volunteers to help clean the beaches and rehabilitate the sea turtle population. All of this can be done while swimming with the dolphins, cliff diving and snorkeling! Volunteering abroad in Mexico will mean you are helping bring reliable and much needed support and expertise to those who need it most. In this magical country, there is much to be learned and priceless experience to be gained, so, get yourself to Mexico and be prepared to make a difference.

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