Do volunteer work with children in Mexico and help promote early childhood development. You’ll work in disadvantaged care centres and kindergartens and support local teachers and caregivers. You’ll gain practical childcare experience for your CV, and give back to the community at the same time.
In Mexico, we work with children who come from difficult backgrounds or have special needs. Their parents work during the day, and can’t afford to pay much for childcare. The centres we partner with get no funding from the government for extra staff, so we rely on the help of volunteers like you. Your focus will be on early childhood development. A child’s early years are very important, and there are a lot of skills they need to learn. You’ll spend your time doing activities that stimulate their physical, cognitive, and social development.
You will live with a host family and work in Guadalajara. Here you can spend your free time exploring the local culture. You’re bound to have the time of your life!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
Your main role in Mexico is to support local teachers and caregivers. Your work will cover the following areas:
- Support early childhood development through fun games and lessons
- Make educational resources like flashcards and posters
- Participate in workshops surrounding local childcare and educational practices
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Improve children’s learning and development through play
You can help improve early childhood development by teaching them educational songs, doing arts and crafts, and playing organised games outdoors. These activities will include coming up with creative ways for them to learn, while making sure they have fun and remain engaged.
Improve the children’s learning environment
Childcare volunteering in Mexico also focuses on preparing resources for educational lessons. These include posters, flashcards, and any other materials you think could be useful. As a result, future volunteers and teachers can build on your work and use it to teach kids long after you've left.
Learn about childcare and educational practices
Projects Abroad staff run regular workshops for volunteers. These workshops offer up great insight into the Mexican childcare system and the background of your placement. It will be a great source of information for you regarding your work. You can also use this time to exchange ideas and discuss challenges you’re facing.
Where in Mexico will I work?
Guadalajara has winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous colonial architecture, and a serene urban area. Many of the images characterised as ‘Mexican’ have their roots here. The modernisation of the city allows volunteers to experience both old and new, all within the cities’ confines.
The care centres in Guadalajara where you’ll work vary in size. The children come have various different backgrounds.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I wanted to spend my last birthday as a 30-something in a special and memorable way, so I thought I would look into volunteering abroad. I adore children but unfortunately can’t have any of my own, so I decided the next best thing would be to take some time to look after children.
Volunteering with Children in Mexico
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