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.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in Mexico:

  • Teaching English
  • Childcare
  • Special Needs
  • Environmental Research
  • Animal Care/Animal Rights
  • Maya Agriculture

Highlights

  • Programs available year-round, starting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Highly affordable program fees from $270 for 1 week
  • Community-driven projects focused on supporting local needs and delivering sustainable positive impacts
  • Superior support services both pre-departure and while volunteering
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available in Mexico
  • Free online volunteer training for all IVHQ volunteers
  • Between 5 and 20 IVHQ volunteers start in Mexico each month
  • Weekends are free to explore Mexico with fellow volunteers - visit Chichen Itza and more!

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Reviews

89%
based on 36 reviews
  • Impact 8.4
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9
  • Value 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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