Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Mexico from $270

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Volunteer abroad in Mexico with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in Mexico assisting on a range of community-driven projects including teaching and animal care. Volunteers can choose to participate on projects for periods ranging from 1 week to 8 weeks and are accommodated in a volunteer house in Merida alongside other international volunteers. While Spanish is not required in order to participate on the program, volunteers can enjoy taking discounted Spanish lessons during their time on the program.

As an IVHQ volunteer in Mexico, you can choose to volunteer in Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan, or in the popular coastal location of San Pancho. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world. IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Mexico, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Mexico:

  • Teaching English (Merida)
  • Childcare (Merida)
  • Special Needs Care (Merida)
  • Animal Care/Animal Rights (Merida)
  • Maya Agriculture (Merida)
  • Childcare and Education (San Pancho)
  • Environmental Education and Upcycling (San Pancho)
  • Art and Community Outreach (San Pancho)

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Reviews

89%
based on 39 reviews
  • Impact 8.5
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9
  • Value 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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Amy
9/10

First time solo, amazing trip!

This was my first time traveling alone and honestly, it was the time of my life! I always felt safe, and that if i ever needed anything i'd get assistance right away. I did animal care and you really get attached to the animals and grow bonds. I would recommend this to anyone! Its super affordable, and honestly, you wont regret it! Merida is also an extremely beautiful city and very easy to learn how to get around once you've been there a few days. The in country staff are also super friendly. I didn't know any Spanish when I went, and it was easy enough to find my way around, and i defiantly learned some by the time i left.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that could improve this program would be if the description on the website mentioned how much yard work is involved with animal care. The shelter needs to be kept clean to keep the animals safe.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Amy, It's great to hear that your time in Mexico was such a positive experience volunteering on the Animal Care project. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dhana
8/10

Live like a local in Merida, México

When I landed in Merida, the local staff made me feel like home. I was worried about adjusting to a new environment but being around like minded people and an extremely helpful and comforting program staff, it felt like home, a different home in a different country. There are so many fun things to do in Merida, where you can wind up after a long days work, not once was I bored. It was a perfect volunteering program in a perfect location; excellent organisations to volunteer for, diverse range of volunteering activities, very flexible and friendly local program staff, plenty of activities and you have no choice but to live like a local and do all the things that locals do. It was a life I would go back to any day.

If you would like to read more about IVHQ volunteering experience, click here : https://lifeofavolunteerblog.wordpress.com/

How can this program be improved?
this program was perfect with variety of placements and plenty of activities. however coming from a business background I would have also enjoyed a Business field placement at an NGO or local social enterprise or at any governmental organisation.

another thing I would like to change would be to recruit serious willing volunteers, who respect the profession of volunteering and are actually signing up to volunteer as their primary goal.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Dhana, It's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing a little from your experience in Merida. It sounds like you had a really meaningful time and we are glad we could provide this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tammy
9/10

Great experience for my Family and me

My husband and I brought our two boys aged 10 and 12 to Merida Mexico over spring break to volunteer in the Childcare program. We had a great time with the beautiful children of Xcuyun Mexico. I think we learned more than they did, they taught us numbers and colors etc. It was a bit challenging for us as we did not speak much Spanish but the kids made fast friends with my boys and we had so much fun. The staff at IVHQ were great at helping us get around and navigate the city, and also set up some amazing tours. Our homestay was amazing, the house was next to the park and the food was great as was the accommodation. Angelica, our host was so gracious and welcoming. We would definitely volunteer with IVHQ again in the future.

How can this program be improved?
I would have likes a little more information before we went on where we would be going, age of children etc. As well as I felt like we could have been more prepared with crafts etc that we could have brought from home. Also, we will have more Spanish knowledge before we volunteer again, or take Spanish classes while we are there.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tammy, Thanks for sharing feedback about your time in Mexico. We follow the progress of our family groups closely and we are so glad to hear that you, Jeff and your two boys had such a rewarding experience. Thanks for choosing IVHQ and we look forward to welcoming you all back on another IVHQ program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ruth
9/10

Spread love for animals

As I worked at an animal shelter for cats and dogs, the dogs of course were in need of regular baths. However, the staff was very limited (only one employee besides the volunteers), so the animals could not get all the attention they needed. Luckily, there was an expat-team that came to the shelter every single friday to bathe, brush and walk the dogs. Friday was definitely our all favorite day! We learned so much about every single dog and got to know the animals' characters so well... Those expats were honestly some of the most inspirational people I've ever met!! Animal lovers just rule.

How can this program be improved?
I definitely think IVHQ should arrange pick-ups not only from the airport in Merida, but also from the one in Cancun, which is only an hour away and so much easier to fly into. Also, transportation to the airport at the end of the program should be included in the program fee.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ruth, Thanks for sharing a little from your experience volunteering in Mexico. It sounds like you had a really memorable time on your placement at the animal shelter which is great to hear. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicolette
9/10

Great experience

I did a Mayan agriculture project outside of Valladolid. It wasn't my intended program, not did I sign up for it. Nonetheless it was probably better than my original choice. We stayed in a small farm near Temozon with a Mayan family. Their food was amazing and the family itself were the sweetest people I've ever met.

Had I gone on vacation I would have ended up in Cancun or playa del Carmen, and it wouldn't have been the same. I probably wouldn't have gotten to hold and be kissed by a spider monkey. I wouldn't have learned basic Mayan. I wouldn't have learned the joys of sleeping in a hammock. But most of all, contrary to the tourist experience, I found many similarities with my own culture. This trip obliterated that idea of otherness.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicolette, Thanks for your review. It's great hear you had such a positive experience volunteering on the Mayan Agriculture project in Mexico. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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joe
9/10

Teaching English in Cholul

Short stay in Merida, but managed to make it to Cholul to teach english to young kids. Had a nice time, and did my best to help them learn as I had not had much experience with teaching/volunteering. Very worthwhile, and highly recommended.

How can this program be improved?
It is constantly improving, it just needs time. The facilities will look great in a year or so, and the program just needs more support/awareness from outside sources. A very noble project.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Joe, Thanks for the recommendation. It's great to have you as an IVHQer and we hope to see you on another program again soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Annie
9/10

mexico

I had to take 1:30 of buses to et to my placement both ways, which was pretty surprising (i did not expect it) and took of lot of time each day. And it was only 10km (15 min by car) from the house.Placement was really nice and fun but only 3h and we spent 3h to get there... it felt as we spend more time in the bus than at placement.

How can this program be improved?
more diversity of food for breakfast (fruits and vegetables!)
Clear info about the bus station and their schedules when we want to visit somewhere
Be aware that we might have an uniform at placement so we can bing pants, shoes, etc in advance.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Annie, thanks for your feedback - we really appreciate it. I have passed on your comments to the Program Manager who will work with the team in-country to improve this for future volunteers! We hope to see you volunteer again :-)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
9/10

IVHQ mexixo program

Every day we woke up at 7am and had breakfast that Miguel or his family had prepared for us. We walked to the bus stop which was a couple of minutes from the volunteer house and we got a coffee from Oxxo for the way. The bus came around 8 and it took us about 40 minutes to get downtown. We then walked for about 10 minutes downtown past the local shops and foodstands selling mangos, dragon fruit and sweet corn (delicious and only 10 pesos), to Pastoral del Amor (our volunteer placement). This facility was home to 20 residents with special needs. We spent 1 hour teaching the nuns who ran the house English and the next two hours with the residents. These residents came to Pastoral del Amor as children and have lived there ever since. They love hugs, dancing to good music, crafts, drawing, and treats. We picked up small things on our way to the placement in the morning like colourful paper, crayons to draw with, plasticine and pipe cleaners to do crafts each day. We also brought cookies to have as a treat the last day we were there.

The experience with the children was amazing. We got to know a lot about each one even though we did not speak Spanish and they did not speak English. We also noticed that they operate together as a family and help each other out. One was in a wheelchair and could not feed himself. I was asked to feed him his snack and water. I was struggling and another child,a girl, came over and held out her hands to help. I watched as she fed him with ease and when she was finished, he gave her a kiss to say thank you. It was really touching to watch.

When our placement ended each day, we had time to explore the city and spend time with the other volunteers. Miguel took us to the holy city of Izamel one afternoon, where we had delicious Yucatacan food, climbed a myan pyramid and got a history lesson/tour from Miguel. Miguel also organized for us a trip to Chichen Itza, where we toured the archeological site, ate delicious buffet food, and swam in a cenote (sinkhole).

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gordan
10/10

FIRST TIME VOLUNTEERING WITH IVHQ

Absolutely amazing experience. Got to stay with a great Mexican family who were supportive throughout the program. Made life long relationships with teachers and students at the volunteer program. Taught English, learned Spanish and came back to Canada more cultured and informed. Can't wait to volunteer again. Thanks Casa Hoy Mexico and thanks IVHQ!

Yes, I recommend this program

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