Volunteer in Mexico with Children
- Placement locations: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman
- Types of care projects: Care centres for disabled children, kindergartens, childcare centres
- Age of children: 0 - 15
- Number of people cared for: Varied
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support and helping disadvantaged youths.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Joining Projects Abroad as a care volunteer in Mexico, you will have an important role to play in the care centres and kindergartens where we work. Volunteers at all our care placements in Mexico are engaged in helping children who have few other people they can turn to. Volunteering in Mexico should be considered a challenging, but also an incredibly rewarding endeavour.
You are not required to have previous experiences working with children, provided that you are passionate and committed to the job and the people you’re trying to help. Whether you are on a gap year, an older volunteer on a career break or volunteering for a summer abroad, you will have a role to play and your contribution will be valued.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Care Management Plan.
You can join the Care project in Mexico for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
Volunteering with Children who have Special Needs and Childcare Work in Mexico
Projects Abroad has a variety of care placements in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, and Ciudad Guzman, a smaller town in the volcanic region a couple of hours south. Volunteering in Mexico could see you working in a childcare centre, kindergarten, or centre for children with mental and physical disabilities. We work with partner organizations who operate care centres in the region.
You will need to be patient with children as many of them have problems stemming from their home life and general background. Many of the children are desperate for attention and there will undoubtedly be children who have health problems and need special attention due to both mental and physical disabilities.
The children were enchanting and I relished the relaxed attitude in this school, especially compared to my experience of work in a London Kindergarten...The children were really eager to learn numbers and colours, and making up songs to help them learn these proved very popular. The teachers allow you to be as inventive as you like with your teaching methods, and do as little or as much English as you want. Read more...
Volunteering Abroad at a Care Centre in Mexico
We also place volunteers at a day care centre for children receiving cancer treatments. You are needed to assist the dedicated staff here, helping keep the children entertained with a variety of activities while they wait for treatment. For the most part, you will be helping add positivity and fun into their difficult daily lives.
As a Care volunteer it is important you have a lot of energy! Help the children with everything from brushing their teeth to learning the words of the latest pop song. Any encouragement you can offer goes a long way toward building a child's self-esteem and confidence. However exhausted you feel at the end of the day, you will always feel that it has been well worth the effort.
Did you know? 14% of children in Mexico under five years of age are stunted and slowed in their development, often as a result of malnutrition.
We also place volunteers at a placement that works with vulnerable children. Some of these children have lived on the streets, their parents cannot take care of them, or they live in extremely challenging circumstances. This placement functions as a drop-in centre and school, and your role will be to help staff members provide food, help the kids with their homework, and engage the kids in interactive activities and games.
Every day at work was an inspiration. I was so inspired by the courage of these children and these parents. They smile so deeply and I can truly see the effect that I have on their mood. Having someone to talk to, to laugh with, to play with, and to share their culture with is something that all children need, and especially these. By being there and talking with the children, encouraging them and smiling with them, I know I made an incredible difference. Read more...
Volunteering in Orphanages in Mexico
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Mexico. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it.
This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Mexico, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.
While you're in Mexico, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Sea-Turtle and Coastal Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.