Volunteering in Merida, México ($44/day)

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 provide 24/7 support with our bilingual team and our program includes housing and meals.

 

Our organization works with a variety of private and non-profit organizations to provide much-needed help to the social, environmental and practical needs of the community each serves. Volunteers can choose between SIX different areas and select from up to TEN different programs (read on for details below). Additional opportunities are available to participate and learn from community works projects around the city, as new requests come to our office daily. For the most part volunteer assignment are the functional equivalent of “internships” where immersion and community service are the primary goals.

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 Mérida include: Animal Care, Childcare, Environmental Conservation, Caregiving, Teaching English, and Constuction.

 

Animal Care:
Although the attitude towards providing proper care to domestic animals is slowly changing in Mexico, there is still a major problem with cats and dogs being abandoned on the streets. The city of Mérida does not have the resources needed to take care of these animals. As a result animals are often euthanized. In response, a number of non-profit organizations have taken over the responsibility of rescuing these animals. The goal of these non-profit organizations is to find people to adopt pets. Volunteers work alongside the limited local staff to feed, refill water bowls, bathe, help with disease prevention, walk, and show love and attention to socialize the rescues for adoption. Volunteers also work to keep the grounds safe for the rescues– this may include raking leaves, cleaning cages, and helping with general the maintenance of the shelter.

 

Childcare: 

Construction and local infrastructure renovation provide much-needed assistance in the communities. Volunteers in this project work alongside local residents in construction projects to build new structures, improve civil infrastructure initiatives and renovate existing buildings. Most construction projects directly support the agencies and institutions where volunteers work. This includes shelters for children and adolescents, schools, NGO projects, community centers, and cultural centers. It may also include native construction projects, where volunteers build ecologically-friendly structures using organic materials to support our Maya Agriculture projects. The specific tasks of volunteers vary depending on the community needs, location, and the various phases of construction.

 

Environmental Conservation:

In our environmental conservation placements, volunteers will work with prominent institutions and agencies concerned with a unique range of issues in the region. Volunteers work closely with local staff and students. Depending on the local problems, volunteers will work on programs as diverse as reforestation, maintaining nurseries or growing endangered local plantlife for the purpose of reintroducing species into the local ecosystem. Volunteers will collect and analyze organic material, take water samples, monitor local flora and fauna populations, and participate in educational programs aimed at raising consciousness of environmental conservation in the local community.

 

Teaching English:

The English language is widely used in all economic sectors in Mexico. Employees are expected to know English in technology, tourism, business, communications, humanities, sciences, and social services. English language proficiency is one of the most important school subjects for Latin American students. Unfortunately, many schools and educational programs have little to no English lessons in their curriculum. Students need charismatic English teachers to not only teach them, but to spark their interest in the language, and inspire them to learn and continue their studies in the future.

Childcare & Mentoring:
Volunteers working with childcare and youth mentorship programs provide much needed love and attention to children and adolescents from varying backgrounds. Many charity organizations in Mexico lack paid staff and funding or local volunteers. Our volunteers provide children and adolescents with individualized attention, love and kindness. Speaking Spanish is helpful, but not a requirement for these programs. Communication barriers are virtually non-existent between the children/adolescents and volunteers. They always find a way to communicate.

 

Construction: 

Construction and local infrastructure renovation provide much-needed assistance in the communities. Volunteers in this project work alongside local residents in construction projects to build new structures, improve civil infrastructure initiatives and renovate existing buildings. Most construction projects directly support the agencies and institutions where volunteers work. This includes shelters for children and adolescents, schools, NGO projects, community centers, and cultural centers. It may also include native construction projects, where volunteers build ecologically-friendly structures using organic materials to support our Maya Agriculture projects. The specific tasks of volunteers vary depending on the community needs, location, and the various phases of construction.

 

Requested Skills:

  • leadership
  • patience
  • willing to learn
  • hard worker
  • interest in local culture

Program Fees: What’s Included

  • Airport or bus station pick-up (in Merida)
  • Dormitory Accommodations (shared room) with a pool.*
  • Breakfast and dinner 7 days/week
  • 3-6 hours/day volunteer work
  • Program and safety orientation
  • Walking tour of historical downtown
  • Official certificate of volunteer service
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Free WiFi in dormitories
  • Institute is open 6 days/week
  • Emergency contact number 24/7
  • Program management

*Costs of Mexican family homestay are an additional $70USD or $110 with A/C per week.

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.

 

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