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Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ and choose from a wide range of Mexico volunteer projects based in the vibrant Mexican city of Mérida, including Teaching English, Childcare, Animal Care and a unique Sustainable Agriculture project. IVHQ offers safe, responsible and affordable volunteer opportunities in Mexico and we a proud to have hosted over 112,000 across our worldwide volunteer programs. Read more about our Mexico volunteer work below.
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At a glance…

  • Volunteer work in Mérida is available year-round
  • Volunteer opportunities include Teaching English, Childcare, Special Needs Care, Animal Care and a unique Sustainable Agriculture project
  • Projects are based in the vibrant city of Mérida on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast
  • Volunteers in Mérida are accommodated together in a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Affordable program fees from only US$270 (approximately AU$390) for 1 week
  • Volunteer and learn Spanish in Mexico with affordable Spanish Language lessons available
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Mexico each month
I’m so happy I had the opportunity to volunteer in Mexico these past few weeks. It was quite an adventure. I got to volunteer at an animal shelter, a protection home for young teenage girls, and I even got to teach a little English! I also had the great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. My fellow volunteers have inspired me so much; they are all so ambitious, caring and hard working.
IVHQ Volunteer - Lauren Stovall
Lauren Stovall
Nationality: American
Age: 18
Destination: Mexico

Volunteer opportunities in Mexico

Animal Care/Animal Rights in Merida
Animal care volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ
Protects animals
4-5 hours volunteering per day
Volunteers needed now!
Assist in cat and dog shelters while volunteering with animals in Mexico. Play, feed and clean the animals, adding fun and activity to their lives while giving them the best chance of being re-homed.
Suited to:
Animal lovers High school students Spring Break Gap year

Animal Care/Animal Rights in

Animal care in Mexico is a growing local issue, with high rates of cats and dogs being abandoned on the streets, while wild animals are often put down when cities are unable to re-home them.

By volunteering with animals, you’ll provide valuable assistance to non-profit organisations that run shelters for these vulnerable animals, aiming to care for them and have them adopted back into families.

As an Animal Care volunteer, you’ll work alongside local staff and volunteers to play with, clean and feed cats and dogs, socializing them and helping to give them the best chance of finding a new home in the community.

Animal Care volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ

Another vital part of animal rights volunteer work is public education around the issue of animal abandonment and helping to fundraise money for animal shelters. Volunteers can also assist with running clinics to spay/neuter neighborhood pets, helping to prevent unwanted litters that often end up being left on the street.

Basic Spanish language skills are helpful but not required, and volunteers need to have had an active tetanus vaccination.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Perfect for animal lovers wanting to assist on the frontline of animal care
  • Hands-on volunteering in a shelter for abandoned cats and dogs
  • Tetanus vaccination required
  • Basic Spanish recommended
  • Volunteering for four hours a day, with more hours available on request
Destination Highlights
Mexico at a glance
    Also available in Mexico
    Our project options
    Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
    Other programs you might like
    Our programs in North America
    Mexico USA All North America
    Childcare in Merida
    Childcare volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ
    Increases access to education
    3-4 hours volunteering per day
    Guided volunteer experience
    As a childcare volunteer, you can support children’s mental development, creativity and physical coordination by assisting in daycare centers, crèches and community centers for economically disadvantaged families in Mexico.
    Suited to:
    Families High School students Teachers Spring Break Gap year

    Childcare in

    For many disadvantaged Mexican families, childcare organisations enable parents to go to work knowing their children are in a safe learning environment.

    By volunteering with children in Mexico, you’ll be contributing to developing young children’s social and learning skills during their important early years. Not only that, but you’ll also alleviate pressure on parents and give them a better opportunity to work and provide income for their families.

    Childcare volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ

    You’ll volunteer in a wide variety of different settings, including a family crèche at children’s therapy centres, day care centres for single mothers, as well as other community centres.

    Volunteer duties include helping with group activities, games, arts and crafts and occasionally assisting with meal and nap times. You’ll help provide one-on-one time with a child which can be significant in helping their development.

    Volunteers should bring creativity and enthusiasm, as centres are often under-resourced. If required, you should also be prepared to travel longer distances to your placement.

    Project Highlights
    What you need to know
    • Best suited to energetic, creative volunteers
    • Volunteering with younger children in low income areas
    • Based in local therapy centers, day care or community centers
    • Help with learning in crucial early development stages
    • Basic Spanish recommended
    • Volunteer for four hours per day
    Destination Highlights
    Mexico at a glance
      Also available in Mexico
      Our project options
      Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
      Other programs you might like
      Our programs in North America
      Mexico USA All North America
      Special Needs Care in Merida
      IVHQ Special Needs volunteers in Mexico
      Improves health & wellbeing
      3-4 hours volunteering per day
      Guided volunteer experience
      Bring care and compassion to local people living with disabilities, helping with therapy, learning and activities. Homes are charity-run and rely on the support of the community and volunteers.
      Suited to:
      Qualified volunteers Spring Break Gap year

      Special Needs Care in

      Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project can make a significant difference to the lives of disabled locals in helping their development and socialisation, enabling them to live dignified, meaningful lives.

      As a volunteer, you’ll assist local staff in a residence for those with special needs, providing physical, mental and therapeutic care. Day to day activities can include helping with therapy or arts and crafts, as well as general duties such as preparing food, serving meals and cleaning.

      Special Needs Care volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ

      Volunteering with the disabled requires enthusiasm and patience but also promises to be particularly rewarding. Your contribution to Special Needs Care is significant in enabling these shelters to provide a safe and positive environment for those in care. These homes are generally run by churches and are funded solely by donations.

      Project Highlights
      What you need to know
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      • Volunteering in a well-resourced residence for people with special needs
      • Facility operates solely from donations
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      • Volunteer for four hours per day
      Destination Highlights
      Mexico at a glance
        Also available in Mexico
        Our project options
        Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
        Other programs you might like
        Our programs in North America
        Mexico USA All North America
        Sustainable Agriculture in Merida
        Agriculture volunteers in Mexico
        Conserves the environment
        4-5 hours volunteering per day
        Grassroots volunteer experience
        Get your hands dirty as you support this environmental volunteer project alongside local farmers. Assist in implementing contemporary and forward-looking farming practices to help combat the challenges of growing environmental pressures.
        Suited to:
        Independent travelers Spring Break Gap year

        Sustainable Agriculture in

        Agriculture plays a vital role in the economic and historical fabric of Mexico and day-to-day life in Merida. However, with growing environmental pressures and urbanisation, local farmers are looking for ways to adapt their approach, with a focus on moving towards historical farming practices and sustainable agriculture.

        Sustainable Agriculture volunteers are able to help local farmers to meet and combat current challenges, as well as learn about sustainable farming practices in a hands-on, real-life manner.

        Sustainable Agriculture volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ

        For those wanting to volunteer on a farm in Mexico, this pairs you with a local farmer and promises hard but rewarding work doing things such as planting crops, harvesting, irrigating, helping with basic construction and working with stock.

        This project is ideal if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that will allow you to work outdoors, or if you’re interested in learning more about sustainable farming practices or have experience as an organic farm volunteer.

        Sustainable Agriculture volunteering in Mexico with IVHQ

        Volunteer work is based on farms that are up to two hours from Merida, and volunteers are required to be able to speak Spanish to an intermediate level. There is a minimum program duration of two weeks and a one-time surcharge of US$65 (approximately AU$95) for additional training and resources that are required.

        Project Highlights
        What you need to know
        • Volunteering on local farms
        • Assist farmers with hands-on volunteer activities
        • Suitable for fit volunteers who enjoy physical work
        • Minimum duration: two weeks
        • Volunteering for four hours per day
        • Intermediate Spanish Required
        • Additional {% usd_approx 65 %} surcharge for additional training and resources
        Destination Highlights
        Mexico at a glance
          Also available in Mexico
          Our project options
          Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
          Other programs you might like
          Our programs in North America
          Mexico USA All North America
          Teaching English in Merida
          Volunteering on the Teaching project in Mexico
          Increases access to education
          3-4 hours volunteering per day
          Guided volunteer experience
          Give students better prospects for their futures and share your passion for education as a volunteer teacher. You'll provide a valuable English-speaking perspective to language lessons in schools, community centers and childcare facilities.
          Suited to:
          Families High School students Teachers Spring Break Gap year

          Teaching English in

          Many schools in Mexico are not well equipped to teach students English, which is a skill that can greatly enhance their future opportunities. As a volunteer on this project, you’ll spark an interest in learning English and support important educational outcomes for Mexican students.

          If you’re someone who is energetic, has a passion for education and a fun, creative approach to teaching, then you’ll be an awesome fit for this project!

          You’ll volunteer in schools, community centres and childcare facilities. You can expect to volunteer for three to four hours per day, alongside local teachers or find yourself leading the class. To make sure you have the best impact possible, you are required to speak Spanish to an intermediate level.

          Teaching volunteer in Mexico with IVHQ

          Lessons build upon the work of previous volunteers and are structured as weekly themed English workshops. As a volunteer, you’ll plan activities to reinforce the weekly theme, prepare worksheets, play educational games, help with homework and review previous lessons.

          As a volunteer on this project, you’ll work in a well supported volunteer environment with guidance from IVHQ’s local team and placement staff. This means you do not need to be a qualified teacher or have prior teaching experience to participate.

          We do recommend volunteers come prepared by completing relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. As an IVHQ volunteer, you can access an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate. Visit our Online TEFL course page for more information.

          Project Highlights
          What you need to know
          • Suited to volunteers with a passion for learning
          • Volunteering in community centers, with at-risk youth or in public schools for lower income families
          • Support local teachers and lead lessons where appropriate
          • Prior teaching experience not required
          • Intermediate Spanish required
          • Volunteer for four hours per day
          Destination Highlights
          Mexico at a glance
            Also available in Mexico
            Our project options
            Animal Care/Animal Rights Childcare Special Needs Care Sustainable Agriculture Teaching English
            Other programs you might like
            Our programs in North America
            Mexico USA All North America
            • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Mexico to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
            • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Mexico will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
            • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
            • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
            • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
            • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
            • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Mexico with your new-found friends.

            How to get started

            Pick a destination + project and apply for free
            Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
            Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
            Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!