Our organization creates an unforgettable experience for people wanting to do volunteer work in Mexico. We build on strong and trustworthy relationships with the many needs-based organizations that seek us out for help from teachers (especially in English), childcare services, healthcare support, and in environmental and ecological projects, as well as animal and vet services, and other organizations worthy of our assistance. We provides 24/7 support with our bilingual team and our program includes housing and meals.
The Institute of Modern Spanish’s newest project is Volunteer Inn Bacalar. This program gives volunteers the opportunity to support one of Mexico’s greatest needs – for environmental renewal and ecological balance. Our organization includes an ecological headquarters complete with an environmental research center and a permaculture farm located right at the edge of Bacalar’s famous 42K-long lagoon in the southeast Yucatan.
Volunteers will also work in community development projects in the small city of Bacalar, a resort destination for Mexican nationals. The Mexican Government calls Bacalar a ‘Pueblo Mágico’ or Magical Town for its beautiful scenery and vibrant local culture. Volunteers will be housed in town near the city center and assigned work in childcare projects, schools, and NGO projects. As a volunteer, you will be helping the local community adapt to the recent rise in international tourism on the nearby Maya Riviera.
Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to supplement their volunteer work with afternoon Spanish classes (extra fee) at the Institute of Modern Spanish. For more information, please see our Spanish school, The Institute of Modern Spanish.
Our projects in Bacalar include: Childcare, Environmental Conservation, Caregiving, and Teaching English.
The state of Quintana Roo, has the most reported incidents of child abuse in Mexico. Therefore, it’s important that volunteers working there show the children love and kindness – and be willing to teach them about respect and conflict resolution. Volunteers working with children provide much needed support to childcare organizations in Bacalar, as well as assistance with seasonal programs Volunteer Inn Bacalar and our partner organizations in the Bacalar municipality host. The volunteers can expect to work with a wide variety of programs, including shelters for children from difficult circumstances, free nurseries for single mothers, and after-school and summer activity programs. Childcare programs work with children between the ages of 3 and 12. Volunteers plan small group activities to activate the children’s mental development, creativity and physical coordination. These activities can include handicrafts, songs, games and free play. Childcare volunteers must be willing to spend time planning activities using the limited resources available in these placements.
Volunteers work with public schools, non-profit English language-learning programs, and after-school tutoring programs for low-income communities in the Bacalar Municipality.
These programs normally don’t have learning materials for the volunteer to work with. To fill in the gap, our sister school, the Institute of Modern English, has a library of teaching material available to be copied and used. Volunteers build lessons based on the learning needs of the class and lesson plans left by previous volunteer teachers. Volunteers also collaborate with each other to prepare materials, create activities and play language-learning games with the students.
The Maya Agriculture and Native Construction project provides volunteers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live and work in the beginning stages of a sustainable organic farm and ecological center. The center is located on the banks of the second largest freshwater lagoon in Mexico. Volunteers will learn about permaculture, ecological construction, environmental conservation, and sustainable living. If you volunteer, you will assist with a thoughtful project in an area threatened by climate change and ecological burdens of tourism. Volunteers will receive supervision and direction with 24-hour support and guidance. Our local team has years of experience in volunteerism, horticulture and construction in the Yucatan Peninsula. In brief, you’ll be in good hands.
- willing to learn
- hard worker
- interest in local culture
- Concern for the environment
- Airport pick-up in Chetumal or overland pick up from the ADO/Mayab bus station in Bacalar
- Dormitory accommodation (shared room) or campground accomodation(tents)
- Lagoon access
- Breakfast and dinner 7 days/week
- 3-6 hours of volunteer work per day
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour of historical downtown
- Official cetificate of volunteer service
- Free WiFi in dormitories
- Letter of Reccomendation
- Onsite coordinator available
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
Please note: A one time registration fee of $300 USD is required, half of this registration fee goes directly to the volunteer project where you will serve and the other half is an administration fee to ensure that you have the best program possible. Also, an additional 5% banking fee applies for international payments.