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Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteer in Mexico with International Volunteer HQ in 2020 or 2021 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 113,000 across our worldwide volunteer programs. Read more about our Mexico volunteer work below.

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Volunteering in Mexico: At a glance

  • Volunteer work in Mexico 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
  • Affordable program fees from only $320 for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • 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

Protects animals

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $320

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in shelters in Mérida
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $320

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in daycare, therapy or community centers
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $320

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in residences for disabled people
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $585

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Farms outside Mérida
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $320

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in schools, community centers and childcare facilities
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization 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, organizations 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 travelers 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!