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International Development Volunteer Projects in Mexico

  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: Working alongside a local NGO on a wide range of tasks
  • Requirements: Some Spanish is desirable
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

International development is a competitive area to break into, and having international volunteering experience is essential to break into a paid role. Volunteering on International Development project in Mexico would give you useful practical experience and make your CV stand out.

Mexico has many well developed and affluent areas, particularly in its large cities, but it still has a poverty rate of 13%. There remain many vulnerable regions and populations that need extra help and support. Volunteering on an international development internship in Mexico with a local NGO is a great way to help.

Volunteers work with a variety of NGOs situated Guadalajara. The organisations are non-profit and aim to empower, support and enhance the quality of life in the city as well as the surrounding communities.

Volunteering on an International Development Placement

Volunteers work at NGOs involved in some of the following areas:

Two International Development volunteers in their office in Mexico

  • Transport and mobility – Volunteers can get involved in fundraising tasks, promoting and planning different campaigns to encourage the use of bicycles in the city, this will involve using social media and the local press.

  • Immigrants (travellers crossing through Mexico to get to the United States) - This NGO gives support to immigrants by giving food, clothes and shelter. The NGO needs volunteers to help with promotion, fundraising, and helping out at the shelter giving out or collecting food and clothes. Volunteers may also assist by interviewing the immigrants, collecting data and getting statements about human rights violations that have taken place in Mexico. This project includes some journalism work, helping to write press releases and running social media campaigns.

  • Human rights - We work with the Guadalajara branch of a global NGO focusing on human rights. Volunteers will assist staff with communication and publicity work, as well as planning for peaceful demonstrations or other events. There is a particular need for volunteers will skills in video editing and social media.

  • Women's rights - This NGO focuses on the empowerment of women in marginalised communities. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, translation and educational workshops. We are also looking for volunteers with business experience to help these women design and implement small business plans to operate within their community. 

Whichever NGO you work at you should show a high level of motivation and a willingness to participate in any task given to you, whether it is as organising a new campaign or spending a few hours translating or editing a project proposal. By working within many areas of the organisation, you'll gain a well-rounded view of how international development charities work and the unique set of challenges they face in achieving their goals.

The placements will accept anyone who is motivated to get involved and help, but these projects are particularly suitable for students and recent graduates of business or development studies. Please let us know if you have any experience or a special interest in any particular area.

Speaking some Spanish is desirable, so you are able to communicate and interact directly with the local communities you’re working with.

During the placement volunteers are expected to be punctual, professional and hard-working. You will be required to work an average of 30 hours per week, usually Monday-Friday. Work on the weekends is a possibility as well as work trips. You will be introduced to a placement supervisor on your first day who will advise and support you during your placement, and of course our Projects Abroad staff are always available to assist in any way throughout your stay.

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