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Childcare In Merida

For many disadvantaged Mexican families, childcare organizations 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 centers, day care centers for single mothers, as well as other community centers.

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 centers are often under-resourced. If required, you should also be prepared to travel longer distances to your placement.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $270 for 1 week
  • 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
  • Based in Merida on the popular Yucatan peninsula

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house

  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Mexico each month

Volunteer placements are located in Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán state on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of every month and volunteers need to arrive in Merida on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive into Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) in Merida, where you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation; or if you are arriving into Cancun International Airport (CUN), you will need to take a 4-hour bus from the airport to Merida.

If you chose to arrive into Cancun, the best bus company for traveling to Merida is ADO. You will see a big red and white ADO sign at a kiosk at the exit of the airport. You should purchase your ticket for the next departure for Merida Altabrisa Station, which is close to the volunteer accommodation. Please call or email the local staff to let them know your estimated time of arrival so they can arrange for your pick-up. Your IVHQ Program Manager will provide further guidance in regards to travel options between Cancun and Merida once you have registered for the program.

Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Mexico prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Merida on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation will be hosted by our team in Mexico and will cover everything you need to know for your program in Mexico – Introduction to Mexico, Mexican Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Mexico, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will be transported to their placement and introduced to all relevant parties and placement staff.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

2.00 PM Lunch at the volunteer house or homestay. Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, take Spanish lessons, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

7.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.

Please note, some placements do not begin until 2.00 PM and in this case, volunteers usually have their Spanish lessons in the morning.

Volunteers in Mexico are accommodated in a volunteer house, nestled in a quiet neighborhood of Mérida. The dormitory-style volunteer house provides shared rooms and bathrooms, a communal outdoor kitchenette for basic food preparation and access to the yard, patio and swimming pool. You can expect to share a room with up to five other volunteers of the same gender. Living is basic, yet comfortable and the volunteer house has electricity and running water. Volunteers who wish to arrange an accommodation upgrade for more privacy, air conditioning, filtered water and heated showers can do so with the local team after registering for the program. The host families speak Spanish and therefore homestay accommodation is also a great way to practice the local language and experience the local culture first-hand.

The volunteer house in Mérida has WiFi and internet cafes are located within walking distance of the volunteer house.

In Mexico, volunteers are provided breakfast and dinner in the volunteer accommodation, with a combination of Mexican and Western food. We recommend budgeting between $5 and $10 per day to purchase lunch and upon your arrival, the local staff will provide recommendations on economical places to eat in Mexico. Tap water is not safe to drink in Mexico, however bottled water is readily available and you should budget approximately $5 per week for this. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements you have so we can make special arrangements for you.

“Overall this has been a wonderful experience for me and one which I will never forget. I’m glad I chose IVHQ and that I chose Mexico, it’s the best decision I ever made. I’d also just like to say that when I severely twisted my ankle only a week into my stay and was on crutches for a few weeks, the local staff were wonderful, and even though they were very busy, they made time to run me about, from my house to the volunteer house and back again, and to and from hospital. I felt that they were approachable and if I had any problems they would help where they could. One of the best things was the pool, everybody loved it and commented on how nice and big it was! I would also not hesitate to recommend IVHQ and have done so already.” - Elizabeth Cohen (Special Needs Volunteer in Mexico)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Mexico here

Mexico - Merida

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
1 week $270
2 weeks $450
3 weeks $600
4 weeks $730
5 weeks $860
6 weeks $990
8 weeks $1,250
10 weeks $1,510
12 weeks $1,770
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
  • The Agriculture project has a one-off surcharge of US$65 to cover training and resources used in this project.
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours, transport to and from your placement if required
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Lunches while in-country
  • Spanish lessons (optional)
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Mexico generally find US$90 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Discounts on language lessons

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Mérida and the state of Yucatán. Day trips can be arranged so volunteers can explore popular sites in the area, such as Chichén Itzá – the most famous of the Yucatán’s Mayan ruin sites and one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations, the impressive Uxmal Mayan ruin site and the historical town of Izamal.

See our Mexico Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Mexico!

Capital Mexico City
Population 120.8 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peso (MXN)
Time zone UTC-06:00

Weather and climate: The Tropic of Cancer effectively divides the country into temperate and tropical zones. Mérida lies on the Caribbean coast in the State of Yucatán and is one of the warmer regions of Mexico. The warm season lasts from April through June, with an average daily high temperature above 35°C (94°F). The hottest day of the year is May 7, with an average high of 36°C (97°F) and low of 23°C (74°F). Being prepared for the intense heat during this time frame is essential. The “cold” season lasts from November to February with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (88°F). The coldest month of the year is in January, with an average low of 18°C (65°F) and high of 29°C (85°F).

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Mexico. Animal Care/Animal Rights volunteers must have an active tetanus shot in order to participate on this project.

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Mexico volunteer program. However the Teaching English project requires volunteers to have at least an Intermediate level of Spanish as volunteer work will otherwise be restricted with limited language ability. We recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our partner staff in Mexico. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking Spanish lessons can arrange these directly with the local staff once in Mexico.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

Volunteer Language Lessons: Spanish language courses are available for all volunteers at all levels. IVHQ strongly recommends these courses for all volunteers, unless they are fluent. If you have a basic level of Spanish and and are staying for a period of longer than 2 weeks, you should strongly consider these courses, as they will allow you to work and communicate with all parties more efficiently during your stay. These language courses are organized on your arrival in Mexico during your program orientation. The language course will be tailored to suit your current level of Spanish. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers. Each class runs for 3 hours per day in the morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday.

  • 1 week: $225 per person
  • 2 weeks: $365 per person
  • 3 weeks: $505 per person
  • Each additional week after 3 weeks: +$150

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