Program Details

  • Date

     February 8, 2017

  • Departing

     Departures every Monday

  • Price

    For 2017
    Minimum of 2 wks - maximum of 10 wks
    Care Internship
    £1515 - 2 weeks
    £1685 - 3 weeks
    £1855 - 4 weeks
    £2025 - 5 weeks
    + £170 per extra week

    (Currency Converter)

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     mexico, mexico-internship, Single Project Interns, Programs

Mexico

A Latin American dream come true.
Mexico
A Place Like No Other

Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures; a modern, industrialised and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes the developed and developing worlds: a stimulating cocktail of wealth and poverty, colour and vibrancy.

You’ll encounter mountains and volcanoes, deserts and beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and civilizations, and nearly 30 World Heritage Sites. In addition, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna. In summary, it’s a little slice of paradise!

This is a lively, fun-loving destination with great social scene and you’re likely to make some local friends as many young Mexicans speak great English.

Varied regional cultures of dance, art, music and lifestyle, and a remarkable diversity of landscapes, all contribute to the countries’ endless charms. It truly is the place to experience it all!

Care in Mexico
An Inspirational and Rewarding Challenge

In Mexico, poor governance means that the country’s development is held back. Currently on the verge of breaking into the global economy, it is more important than ever for children (and adults) to learn basic skills and English to give them the greatest possible opportunities in the future.

The different care opportunities available all have their own characteristics and challenges. You can choose to care for children in schools, disability centres, day care centres and a rehabilitation centre for street children.

All the projects have the ultimate aim of bettering the day-to-day lives and future prospects of Mexico’s youngsters, in terms of social life and career opportunities.

Care options:

Day care centres and nurseries

We need you to roll up your sleeves in Guadalajara and Cd.Guzman to help with the littlies (0-5 years)! You’ll assist the nuns and workers wherever needed to keep the children happy and entertained, all while giving them a good educational start.

Care for the disabled

Nunutzi-kie is a school for children with disabilities (0-14 years) in Guadalajara. Providing primary education for children with mental and physical disabilities is crucial to give them the best possible start to life. Your contribution truly is indispensable!

Schools for the disadvantaged

Very poor children (6-14 years) in Guadalajara, who cannot go to a regular public school, are in desperate need of your companionship and support. Staying a month or more gives you the chance to run a workshop of dance, music, sports, English etc.

Supporting street children

MAMA A.C. (4-16 years) in Guadalajara is a private and non-profit institution focused on working with street children, assisting them with their homework and getting them involved in group games.

In addition, at a rehabilitation centre for street children (boys 10-15 years) in Cd.Guzman, you are needed to aid local social workers in their aim of getting kids off the street and back into society.

Typical Tasks in Care:

  • Organising fun and educational games
  • Taking care of the youngsters
  • Teaching English (mainly very basic), reading, writing and more
  • Feeding babies and children with severe disabilities
  • Running fun, extra-curricular workshops on jewellery making, sports, dance, origami, baking and more
  • Conducting educational activities and simply offering companionship for disadvantaged children in their free-time
  • Helping in the kitchen and cleaning for schools and rehab centres
  • Sports, English and life skills lessons for kids on the streets
  • Please Note:

    Care internships in schools and day care centres generally work Monday to Friday from around 8am to 1pm with some optional afternoon activities.

    School holidays include 2 weeks at Easter and Christmas and generally the first week of July to the third week of August for Summer. This will limit opportunities at these times.

    Minimum number of weeks is 2.

    You don’t need any previous experience to participate, but basic Spanish helps on some of the placements.

    This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

    Read more about our project aims here ->

    Intern Essentials

    How it works in country, from where you stay to who looks after you.
    Overseas staff in Mexico
    A Network of Support

    The main office is in Guadalajara where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves.

    All our staff are trained in-country to follow the best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    Additionally, they’ll assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.

    On arrival you will meet your project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.

    Your induction will include:

  • A Welcome Pack with details of the local office and other volunteers, maps, and other useful information (such as banks, doctors, and public transport).
  • A tour of the area on local transport that you'll need to use regularly.
  • Advice on local customs and what to expect while you are away to help you feel confident in your new environment.
  • Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.

    Where we're based in Mexico
    Ideal Location

    Our care internships are based in either Guadalajara (population of 5 million) or in Ciudad Guzman, which is a small town just 90 minutes from Guadalajara.

    Guadalajara is comparable to many large European or North American cities and is where our in-country hosts are based in a popular cultural and artistic neighbourhood, close to the city centre.

    Ciudad Guzman is a much smaller, more traditional Mexican town, under the shadow of the great Colima volcano.

    Flights and transfers in Mexico
    Door to Door

    We will help you organise your flights out to Guadalajara (GDL), via Mexico City or US airports such as Dallas or Houston.

    Arrival: Often, arrivals are at night so you’ll go straight to your host family before an induction the following day. Volunteers based in Ciudad Guzman will normally travel there the following day after spending 1 night at a host in GDL.

    Departure: we provide funds for a taxi to the airport.

    Please note that you will need to cover the cost of bus travel for journeys to and from work-these cost, on average, less than £1/day.

    Accommodation and Food in Mexico
    Home Away From Home

    Guadalajara & Guzman

    Here you’ll stay with friendly, well-established host families in a comfortable standard of accommodation. Most families speak at least basic English but a little Spanish phrase book could come in handy!

    Living with a host family will enable you to really immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and community.

    Moving around Guadalajara and Guzmán is safe during day with many people out and about. The safest way to get home after a night out is using the platform of UBER, but a taxi is another option.

    Food

    3 meals a day will be provided.

    Mexican food is always very popular with all the volunteers. Generally you’ll be indulging on:

  • Chicken, pork, fish, rice, beans, avocados, enchiladas, tacos and lots of chilli!
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables are always readily available
  • Good cheap beer and tequila (if you so desire)!
  • In terms of drinking water, tap water is not okay to drink but all houses and placements have bottled water and it is sold in every grocery store.

    Special diets can be accommodated – just let us know.

    Spending money in Mexico
    Budget to Explore

    The local currency in Mexico is the Peso. US$1 is about 20 MXN. £1 – 25MXN

    A realistic amount for exploring at the weekends (budget accommodation & public transport) and occasionally eating/drinking out during the week = about ₤50 per week, but please budget separately for adventurous activities which can be more expensive.

    Backpacker favourites in Mexico
    Work Hard, Play Hard

    Mexico is a backpacker’s dream and a good bus network connects most towns in Mexico, traveller highlights and surrounding countries such as Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica.

    Top trips:

  • Guadalajara is fondly known as the most Mexican of cities; sombreros, mariachi music, tequila and rodeo riders all originated here
  • A must see is a football fiesta followed by a meal of tortas ahogadas (pork rolls drowned in chilli sauce)
  • Salsa classes and dance-filled nights out
  • Beaches, hills, jungles or mountains are abundant and easily accessible
  • Chichen Itza Mayan temples
  • Climbing up ancient pyramids
  • Churches, ruins, rivers and coral reefs galore
  • Whale-watching and surfing the Mexican waves on the West coast
  • Weather in Mexico
    Fun in the Sun

    The climate varies throughout Mexico, with Guadalajara generally being mild and dry and Tecoman warmer.

  • Heat – Warmest from March to June (up to 32°C)
  • Rains – June to September; rarely cause any serious disruption
  • Cold – Daytime temperatures are consistently mild but it can get cold at night from November to March (jeans and a sweater suggested!)
  • Can't Wait to Get Started? Fantastic

    If you want to explore the wonder's of Mexico, while making a real difference, then take the next step.

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