Voluntariados in Mexico

TRANSPARENCIA ante todo

 

Uno de los pilares de nuestro trabajo es la transparencia. Consideramos fundamental que sepas qué sucede con tu dinero cuando eliges participar en nuestros programas. A continuación,  te contamos el destino de tu aporte:

 

TASA DE REGISTRO: verás que todos los programas tienen una  tasa de registro de USD 279, válida por 12 meses desde el comienzo de tu programa. Muy bien; se trata del ÚNICO ingreso que recibe Voluntarios al Mundo por la organización del mismo. No existen costos ocultos, ni comisiones, ni ninguna clase de ayuda económica que percibamos de otras organizaciones; solo trabajamos duro para mantener nuestros costos al mínimo.

¡Te invitamos a comparar precios! Comprueba por ti mismo que nuestras tarifas no solo son competitivas sino, además, mucho más bajas que las de varias otras organizaciones que ofrecen programas similares.

 

¿CUÁL ES LA FUNCIÓN DE LA TASA DE REGISTRO?

 

La tasa de registro asegura tu lugar en el programa seleccionado e incluye: 

Asistencia antes, durante y después de tu viajeMonitoreo y evaluación constante de las organizaciones con las que trabajamosAcceso a nuestra guía informativaCostos de marketing

 

TASA DE ORGANIZACIÓN:  Es la suma que abonarás directamente a nuestro aliado local. La misma ya cuenta con un descuento especial e incluye los costos de alojamiento, comidas, orientación, transporte y pago del staff encargado de brindarte soporte en tu destino. Un porcentaje de esta tasa será destinado al desarrollo de nuevos programas. Si calculas cuánto podrías llegar a gastar en el caso de alojarte en un hotel y comer diariamente en un restaurante, notarás que su costo es mínimo.

Teniendo en cuenta el especial precio de los programas brindados por Voluntarios al Mundo, puedes tener la certeza de que tu pago se dirigirá directamente al proyecto local que has elegido.

Teaching English programs

This program aims at inspiring Mexican children to learn this foreign language and helping them realize how important this will be in their future working lives. The projects are placed in alternative and traditional local schools, foster care institutions, orphanages and community centers. Many of the children in the program attend public schools where they receive little or no English tuition, so volunteers to this program will provide them with this tuition by preparing and conducting English lessons based on previous volunteers’ work and organized in weekly theme workshops.  The tasks involved are:

-Planning activities to reinforce the weekly theme.

-Preparing workshops and playing educational games.

-Helping with homework and reviewing previous lessons.

Classes are in the morning or the afternoon depending on the placements and volunteers are required to work three to four hours daily in the classroom and participating in additional recreational activities. During the school holidays volunteers are still required to give lessons at community centers and they are expected to work there independently.

No previous experience in teaching is required but a passion for teaching and a proactive, creative and fun attitude is essential to engage and motivate these students in their learning process. We strongly  encourage volunteers to this program to take some teaching training course such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Though we advice volunteers to have an English-only approach to their students, an intermediate level of Spanish skills is required.

 

Child Care program

This projects take place in a variety of placement located in the city as well as in the surrounding villages, so volunteers may need to travel some distances to reach their working placements. They include family crêches at children’s therapy centers, day care community centers and shelters for teenagers that have suffered some sort of domestic abuse.

Like in most developing countries, in Mexico underprivileged children depend on the support of  non-governmental organizations and charitable institutions, often low funded and short of staff. So volunteers for this children projects are always welcome and highly appreciated.

As a volunteer you’ll be required to assist the local staff in a wide range of tasks that include day-to-day household activities, helping to feed and entertain young children, helping with educational and recreational activities, offering personalized attention to vulnerable children and teens, organizing and conducting lessons and practical skills activities such as handcrafts, music, sports and others. Any kind of quality time and stimulating activities devoted to these underprivileged kids will make an invaluable difference in their future prospects and will leave the volunteer’s heart filled with joy.

Working materials are often scarce and any contributions or creative initiative to make up for this lack is always very appreciated.

 

 

Special needs care program

The program is placed in residential shelters for abandoned teenagers and adults with special needs. There they receive essential assistance as well as physical and medical therapeutic attention, education, entertainment, and above all, affection.

These shelters, run by religious institutions, are funded only by donations; so volunteers with big, warm hearts are always needed to assist the local staff with the many activities involved.

As a volunteer to this program you’ll be required to undertake a variety of tasks that range from daily household routines (cleaning, cooking, serving meals, etc) to organizing and participating in recreational and occupational activities, fundraising campaigns and assisting professional therapists in their sessions routine.

Any background on physiotherapy and occupational therapy is very helpful to these projects, but the only indispensable requirements are compassion, patience and willingness to offer lots of loving and quality time.

 

Animal care /Animal rights program

This program is run by nonprofit organizations and is aimed at helping solve the desperate situation of the too many cats and dogs that are abandoned in the streets of Merida.

Without any government policies to protect their rights or to provide for community shelters and clinics, most of these unfortunate animals are euthanized.

These nonprofit organizations’ main goal is to rescue this animals from the streets and finding adoptive homes for them. They also are focused on education campaign to help change the mentality of their local community, as well as devising fundraising campaigns to cover the expenses of animal shelters and food and provide free or low cost mass spay/neuter campaigns.

Volunteers with a great love for animals are always welcome to lend a caring pair of hands. You don’t need much more than that to help cleaning and bathing, training and feeding cats and dogs to make them ready for adoption.

Cleaning their cages and providing maintenance to the shelters’ facilities is also needed, as is helping with fundraising and cliniccampaigns.

Even non--Spanish speakers can participate in this program and it provides an excellent opportunity to begin learning this language.

Vet volunteers are extremely appreciated during the  annual spay/neuter campaigns.

 

Maya agriculture program

These projects are located in rural contemporary Mayan farming communities about two and a half hours’ bus ride from Merida.

The program is focused on promotingsustainable agriculture, reforestation and preservation of indigenous plants gardens.

The program is still at its initial stage and a lot of hard field work is required, so volunteers for this program must be ready to do a lot of physical labour, get dirty and live in tough and rather precarious conditions. But participating in these projects in a unique experience to get fully immersed in the local culture and have a taste of the local rural lifestyle.

For volunteers less adventurous and who wish a less demanding activity but still want to be part of the program, some English teaching and educational activities can be arranged in the local villages.

Among the numerous tasks involved in the program, you may be required to help with the following:

-Planting, sowing, harvesting, and cultivating agricultural products.

-Repairing facilities, creating irrigation systems and making compost, -Plastering rudimentary buildings and excavating cave systems.

-Cleaning and monitoring wildlife in reservoirs and lakes.

-Digging and replanting indigenous plant species.

-Labeling native plants and trees for educational purposes and maintaining indigenous plant gardens.

-Helping with daily household routines; among many others.

A combination of traditional Mayan and modern techniques is applied in these day-to-day tasks, mostly executed by local Mayan staff working side by side with our volunteers. Yet, if volunteers prefer to have further interaction with the local community, there are childcare and Teaching English projects available.

Program Fees:

 

Volunteer duration Program Fee USD
1 week 270
2 weeks 420
3 weeks 570
4 weeks 700
5 weeks 800
6 weeks 900

 

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in México attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*The Maya Agriculture project has a one-off surcharge of US$65 to cover transport and materials.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.

 

Program Fee: An Internship placement according to your requirements, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 participant support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included: Accommodation and meals at volunteer house, Airport Pick-up, Air tickets,International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses. Our participants in Mexico generally find USD 50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.