Social Work Internships in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman
- Role: To support and assess children and provide them with appropriate care and treatment under the guidance of a supervisor
- Requirements: Interns must be studying social work or a related field and should speak intermediate Spanish
- Type of placement: Care centres for disabled children, kindergartens, rehabilitation centre for street children, orphanages
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Mexico is balancing unevenly between the developed and developing world. Parts of the country have excellent infrastructure and access to service, while many communities struggle to access even basic services and government support. Children are particularly vulnerable and there is a great need for help, especially at care centres for disabled children and a rehabilitation centre for street children.
At the Projects Abroad Social Work internship, you will work under the supervision of a registered and qualified professional. Your responsibilities will include assessing children’s development and providing support in critical areas. The children you will work with come from difficult backgrounds and have very few adults in their lives that they can rely on. Working with them will be challenging, but seeing their progress and enhancing your own skills will be a rewarding experience.
To join this project, you must be studying social work or a related field. You should also speak intermediate Spanish. If you would like to improve your conversation skills prior to your internship, we offer a Spanish Language Course in Mexico.
Your Role at the Social Work Internship in Mexico
Your main role will be to assist local staff by sharing the skills and techniques you have learned through your studies. You will work on tasks such as:
- Playing and interacting with the children during their free time
- Running dance, music, sport, or English workshops
- Teaching life skills and basic reading and writing to young children
- Assisting with the feeding of disabled and special needs children
- Observing the children and providing accurate measures for treatment
- Teaching the children about good oral hygiene
- Helping street children readjust to society and assist with rehabilitation
- Encouraging the children and boosting their self-confidence
You will work for around six hours a day, Monday to Friday. This may involve working with more than one institution, but the exact work schedule will be discussed with your project supervisor on your first day in Mexico.
The project runs all year round and is completely flexible with start dates. You decide how long you can commit for and we will help you get the most out of it.
Interning in Social Work in Mexico
No matter how small the activity, the work you do in Mexico can have a long-term impact in the community (especially since you will be contributing to our Care Management Plans). We encourage you to make the most of your time abroad and interact with the local community outside of your placement and learn more about their culture. Since you will be living with a host family, you have the opportunity to experience day-to-day life in Mexico. Staff, children, and families will want to hear about your life back home. Tell your stories and encourage them to share theirs too!
If you are interested in this project but are not studying social work or a related subject, please take a look at our standard Care Project in Mexico.