Volunteering in Mexico provides a rich cultural experience for volunteers aged 17 to 70 plus. Here you can live as part of a local community, make a difference to a project that needs your help and learn a language while you volunteer.
Whether you choose to volunteer in a marine conservation project , with sea turtles or whales or a project teaching children or supporting disabled people the projects here depend on the input of volunteers.
Our volunteer projects in Mexico are based in the beautiful coastal town of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding villages on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The long sandy beaches attract tourists from America and Europe who enjoy the beachfront cafes and restaurants. The rest of the town is more traditional family homes with hammocks, outdoor cooking, and dirt streets, where fishing provides the major source of income.
Increasingly an industrial country with a growing economy, it has the familiar problem of wealth inequality, with the gap between rich and poor being the highest in the world according to OECD. Some 51% of the population to live in poverty (2012) and more than 10% in extreme poverty (i.e. on less than $1.25 per day).
The country is famous for its pre-hispanic architecture of massive stone temples dedicated to the sun and moon. There are artisan markets selling woven fabrics, ceramics, metalwork and carvings. White water rafting, scuba diving, surfing, horse riding and mountain biking tours are available in numerous places.
Mexico has a special place in our hearts as it is where Outreach International started its first volunteering programme nearly 20 years ago. So we have long established connections with the community.
As a volunteer you’ll live with a host family in accommodation close to the beach. Our family stays are warm, welcoming, and supportive. A real experience of Mexican life which is influenced strongly by tradition, the importance of the family connections, friendships and of course, fiestas.
Our Sea Turtle Conservation Project provides a rare opportunity for volunteers to get close to nature and live in a beach camp dedicated to conserving the marine environment.
Whatever your level of Spanish there is a role for you to help. You’ll receive 1 or 2 weeks of 1 to 1 dedicated Spanish tuition to help you get started or to polish up any language skills you already have.
Beginners can learn the basics and those with intermediate or advanced skills can learn to speak Spanish more fluently. Mexico has the largest Spanish speaking population in the world (over 115 million) so it is the perfect place to learn Spanish.
Mexico is an ideal location for travelers volunteering abroad for the first time. We offer a higher level of support from our local host families, from the projects, and from our local coordinator. Mexico is an ideal location for those with less travel experience, if you would like a little more support and a homestay experience.
See all of our Mexico projects that you can participate in.
Greta lives close to our project base in Puerto Vallarta and has been working with us since 2006. She lived in London for three years where she completed her MSc in veterinary science. In addition to supporting our volunteers she now works as a Pilates instructor. She is brilliantly organised and works relentlessly to improve our programmes and offer support to the Mexico volunteers.
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The opportunity to admire up close the behaviour of the humpback whales that grace the warm waters of Bahia de Banderas every winter is an unforgettable experience. Or in summer take a trip to swim with the dolphins that frequent the coast.
Located south of Puerto Vallarta, Mismaloya offers a beautiful beach surrounded by the jungle. Or try the laid back atmosphere and surf culture of Sayulita, with its jumble of colourful streets, artisan shops and cool cafes and bars, perfect for a weekend retreat.
Old Town Vallarta, also known as the Romantic Zone, is located south of the Cuale river. This area with its cobblestone streets and quiet atmosphere, is a reflection of a typical Mexican style town, where you can enjoy cafes, restaurants, shops, boutiques, art galleries and a great variety of nightclubs near Los Muertos beach.