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International Development in Mexico Alternative Spring Break Trip


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  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: Working alongside partner NGOs on a range of tasks
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
  • Local Languages: Spanish

Our International Development Project in Mexico is an opportunity for you to use your spring break to add meaningful experience to your resume and make an impact working alongside an NGO. We are partnered with four major NGOs in Guadalajara and each one is working hard to improve the country’s record in human rights and tackle issues like HIV/AIDS.

The International Development Alternative Spring Break Trip takes place over one week. During this time, you will help support local staff at two of four NGOs. Your placements will depend on your group.

Projects Abroad International Development volunteer has a discussion with Mexican staff member

During your time at an NGO in Mexico, you can get involved in some of the following areas:

  • Transport and Mobility - interns can get involved in fundraising tasks, using social media and the local press to promote and plan campaigns to encourage the use of bicycles in the city.
  • Immigration - one NGO gives support to travelers crossing through Mexico to get to the United States by giving food, clothes, and shelter. The NGO needs interns to help with promotion, fundraising, and helping out at the shelter giving out or collecting food and clothes. Interns may also assist by interviewing the migrants, collecting data, and getting statements about human rights violations that have taken place in Mexico. This project includes some journalism work, such as helping to write press releases and running social media campaigns.
  • Human Rights - in Guadalajara, we are partnered with the Mexico branch of a global NGO promoting human rights. Interns work with local staff on communication, publicity, and planning for peaceful demonstrations or other events. There is a great need here for interns with skills in video editing and social media.
  • Empowerment of Women - we also work with an NGO focused on the empowerment of women in marginalized communities. At this placement, interns assist with fundraising, translation, and educational workshops. If you have business skills and experience, you can help these women design and implement small business plans that they can operate in their communities.

You will take on an active role at both of your placements and observe first-hand how NGOs tackle important issues in local communities. One your first day, you will have a general induction to Guadalajara and then participate in a workshop with staff from the relevant NGO. After a short presentation about the organization, the local staff will explain your responsibilities. Throughout your time at the NGO, you will work under the supervision of a staff member.

Once you have finished your placement, you will spend a day on a leisure trip with the other volunteers. You will visit Tequila, a town located 60km from Guadalajara. This trip is arranged by Projects Abroad staff.

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