Welcome to Volunteer in Mexico

Have you always wanted to explore the colorful and fascinating country of Mexico? Do you also want to do something to give back to this developing country while you are abroad? Check out the great Mexico volunteer trips Global Crossroad offers.

  • Unique opportunity to travel and join a volunteer abroad in Mexico program start as low as $283
  • Volunteer opportunities in Mexico have great reputations since 2003
  • Safety is our top priority and you will always have the support of our in country coordinator
  • Meet likeminded volunteers that you will likely become friends for life

Travel to Mexico, a land of rich Hispanic culture, vibrant traditions, and a fascinating history. Mexico's historical attractions include the ancient ruins of the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztec, and the train routes used by the brash and legendary Pancho Villa. The country enjoys a temperate climate and a unique culture; a fusion of the European and the Meso-American. The beach resorts and colonial cities are other attractions of Mexico.

When you volunteer abroad in Mexico, you can help change the lives of disadvantaged communities and change your life too.

Despite its pristine resorts and accommodations that attract thousands of tourists each year, over 40% of its population still lives in poverty, and over 10% in extreme poverty. Free education and healthcare are essential in the fight towards combating poverty, and in turn education also plays a role in protecting Mexico's breathtaking natural landscapes and diverse cultures.

You can help Mexico immensely by participating in one our volunteer opportunities in Mexico, which include conservation projects, medical projects, special education projects, and sea turtle conservation. These projects can be combined with learning Spanish and travelling to see some of Mexico's highlights.

Volunteer in Mexico Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Mexico

All volunteer programs in Mexico start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Mexico

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Mexico volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Mexico application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Children's home Teaching English Special Education Sea turtle conservation
1 Week   $283   $308   $308   $329
2 Weeks   $416   $441   $441   $483
3 Weeks   $549   $574   $574   $637
4 Weeks   $682   $707   $707   $791
5 Weeks   $840   $865   $865   $970
6 Weeks   $973   $998   $998   $1,124
7 Weeks   $1,106   $1,131   $1,131   $1,278
8 Weeks   $1,239   $1,264   $1,264   $1,432
9 Weeks   $1,397   $1,422   $1,422   $1,611
10 Weeks   $1,530   $1,555   $1,555   $1,765
11 Weeks   $1,663   $1,688   $1,688   $1,919
12 Weeks   $1,796   $1,821   $1,821   $2,073
Airport: Puerto Vallarta Manzanillo Manzanillo Puerto Vallarta
Pick-up fee $50 $50 $50 $110
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance: $3.49 a day
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family or camp)
  • Food (3 local food a day)
  • Airport pick up
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering programs in Mexico fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Mexico

When volunteering in Mexico, you will either stay with a host family or in a tented camp in the sea turtle project. Our host families in Mexico are well screened and they will offer you a safe and secure place to stay. Staying with a host family is also a wonderful opportunity to immerse in local language and practice Spanish. In the sea turtle project, volunteers will stay in tented camps inside the project and very close to the beach. There will be project staff to prepare you meals and guide you through your volunteering overseas in Mexico project.

The main meal during your volunteer opportunity in Mexico is served around 2pm, usually consisting of various versions of a meat/chicken dish, served often with rice and beans or salad/other vegetables. Fish and shrimp are also popular with some families. Breakfast is often eggs/tortillas, fruit/yogurt or cereal and fruit, depending on your preferences and the host family.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival for your Mexico volunteer experience.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Mexico

The schools are based in and around Melaque. There are two schools in Melaque, one in Jaluco, where the tourism students study. Jaluco is just across the highway from Melaque. There is also another school in a town called Emiliano Zapata, just 5 minutes out of Melaque.

When volunteering in Mexico with one of the education programs, you will be placed with host families in the same town (Melaque) or the next town (Barra de Navidad), with a maximum of 15 minutes of travel time.

Barra de Navidad has a population of seven thousand and offers beautiful unspoiled beaches, fabulous restaurants, and friendly people.

During your free time from your volunteering work in Mexico, volunteers can swim in nearby beach, surf, boogie board, cycling, horse ride, fish and snorkel. Melaque is located only 2 miles northwest of Barra de Navidad and shares the same long curving beach. Besides being a popular vacation destination for Mexican families and a low-key winter hangout for snowbirds (principally Canadians), Melaque is famous for its weeklong Fiesta de San Patricio (St Patrick's Day Festival) in March.

If you join a volunteer opportunity in Mexico with sea turtle conservation, you will reside in Campamento Majahuas, which is located in a beautiful place on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, surrounded by palm trees and between a lagoon and beautiful seashore. You will experience the joys of living in a peaceful rural village with closely-knit communities working together and helping out each other.

Away from the modern urban life, when you are volunteering overseas in Mexico with the sea turtle project, you will have a lot explore and experience in the secluded yet serene landscape and pristine nature. Most particularly, you will enjoy the simple traditional life of the local people and the warmth and hospitality they offer to the visitors. During breaks you can also visit Melaque and Puerto Vallarta, the beach villages and the resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast, which are in a couple of hours' distance by bus.

Regardless of the volunteer program in Mexico that you choose to join, you will have plenty of free time to explore all that Mexico has to offer! It is highly encouraged that you take advantage of your free time and embrace your Mexico volunteer experience as a whole.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Mexico

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • When should I apply to volunteer assignment in Mexico?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Mexico based volunteer programs?

VISA INFORMATION

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Mexico?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in Mexico?
  • When are the Mexico based assignments available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Mexico?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Mexico?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Mexico?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Mexico?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS / MEALS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are singles rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Will have an opportunity to do laundry while I am completing my volunteer work in Mexico?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • What are the local cuisines? Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Mexico?
  • What are the principle health risks in Mexico?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Mexico?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Mexico?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Mexico?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Mexico??
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Mexico?
  • How do I respect the people of Mexico?

More Information about Mexico

  • What is weather like in Mexico?
  • Official Holidays in Mexico
  • What about tipping in Mexico?
  • Materials to Bring
  • The following items are also worth taking into consideration, but not essential:

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or their personal travel advisors to verify this information.

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