Voluntary work in Mexico

Information & guidance about volunteering projects in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most diverse countries in the world – biologically, ethnically and culturally – meaning that the list of volunteering opportunities are endless! Mexico is home to one of the new seven wonders of the world, Chichén Itza, millions of biosphere reserves, palm-fringed beaches, chili-spiced cuisine, steamy jungles, and the second-largest city in the world – Mexico City! There really is something for everyone in this spectacular country and volunteers will never be bored.

Where to volunteer in Mexico

One of Mexico’s biggest challenges is maintaining its diversity. Popular voluntary work in Mexico involves environmental efforts and community development, with health and education volunteers also being required in the more rural areas. Individuals will find the greatest volume of voluntary work in Mexico along the coastline, where the cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Merida and Cuernavaca are the most popular.

Cities along the Pacific Coast, such as Tecoman and Playa del Carmen are common locations for voluntary work in Mexico regarding environmental and conservation projects. Both cities are known for their incredible beaches, emphasis on the agriculture industry and opportunities to surf and scuba dive.

Although located in a valley miles from Mexico City, Oaxaca is strongly influenced by Mexico’s primitive culture, in which 17 unique languages are spoken daily. Popular voluntary work in Oaxaca involves health care and social work placements.

Guadalajara, this is Mexico’s second largest city, famous for its vibrant music scene and home to the largest public market in the Western Hemisphere; the Libertad Market. Common voluntary work here involves healthcare medicine, education and social work placements.

Volunteering projects in Mexico

Due to Mexico’s large coastal areas, conservation projects are common voluntary work in Mexico. One of the most popular environmental projects is conservation in wildlife such as turtles, due to four out of seven of the world’s sea turtles being located in Mexico and the populations are declining. Volunteers involved within this sector will be able to work and treat young turtles who are threatened by the growing tourist industry.

Popular voluntary work in Mexico is revolved around social work projects, ranging from working with orphaned children to helping with construction projects. These voluntary work projects work with poor communities in cities throughout Mexico, aiding in community development. Many rural areas require volunteers year round to work in healthcare projects in either general medical services, dentistry or nutrition. Volunteers will work to help keep communities healthy and provide education to help their futures. Volunteers are also required in education, especially within volunteering opportunities to help teach English to either children or adults.