Adelante Intern and Study Abroad
Volunteer in Oaxaca


  • 1 month: $2,495

    (not all work assignments available)
  • 2 months: $3,205
  • 3 months: $3,875
  • 4 months: $4,395
  • 5 months: $5,150
  • 6 months: $5,895
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150



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Application deadline is 60 days prior to your chosen start date.


Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.



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Volunteer in Oaxaca

Our internship programs have taken off in Spain and parts of Latin America while in Oaxaca, we focus on the same program highlights but with an emphasis on VOLUNTEER work rather than internship work. The difference is in nuances: Volunteer work has a more socially involved connotation, whereas Internship is straight up business oriented. Volunteer work most definitely gives back to the community, whereas Internship benefits you really more than the community abroad you live in while participating in our programs. When you look at our list of Volunteer Assignments, you will notice that there are a large number of ways to positively impact the people of Oaxaca when you sign up for this program, whether it is for just one month or for longer, on up to 12 months.

Oaxaca is a beautiful old colonial city in south-central Mexico. Located along the Sierra foothills, the city is home to towering Zapotec pyramids and high plains desert. It's an idyllic, vibrant thoroughfare for artisans and craftsman from the surrounding indigenous pueblos and a gateway to many mountain and beach destinations. Home to ancient Zapotec, Mixtec and Aztec peoples, the culture is rich with diversity.

Influenced by these deep roots and a history of upheaval and change, the people are both warm and resilient. The Alcala, a cobble stone street lined with old stone buildings, churches, shops and restaurants ends at the Zocolo, the colorful plaza at the heart of town. Yet throughout the city you'll find food for every palate and budget, cafes, shops and markets.

Fiestas and parades occur almost daily, reflecting the spirit and congeniality of the people who call it home. Mexicans generally credit the food as the best in the nation.

We have used our years of experience sending candidates abroad to Spain to develop the same valuable and customized Volunteer program in Mexico. Here is what makes what we offer you better and different:

NOTE: This is the most economical program we offer! Check out the low, low prices...

  • The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 1 to 12 months, all begin the first Monday of the month, year round. Or take advantage of our mid-May start date.
  • Program can be done for academic credit
  • 2 weeks of intensive Spanish language classes are included in the fee, plus 3-4 excursions.
  • Lodging is included. Live like a Native in a shared apartment with other Adelante candidates/international students or elect to live with Mexican roommates.
  • Come with a friend and live together during your adventure in Oaxaca.
  • You will be met at the airport or bus station when you arrive in Oaxaca, and taken directly to your apartment
  • Volunteer for 4 hours each day in locally owned companies, museums or grass-root organizations. You will gain real, international experience to add to our resume.
  • Some excursions are included during your 2-week intensive Spanish coursework. We also organize events each month which you are welcome to participate in -- some have a small fee, others are free. This program is meant to be 50% work experience and 50% cultural / language acquisition and immersion. To that effect, we help cultivate the cultural side of the program for you by organizing these events.
  • Oaxaca has been called the craft capital of Mexico and fairly far south, past Mexico City. Its population is around 210,000 and the weather is mild year-round. It boasts one of the largest Saturday markets in the country and each nearby village has its own craft specialty from rugs to pottery to linens to hand-carved wooden animals. Find out more about Oaxaca and Mexico by going to any number of search engines and typing in "Mexico"
  • The Adelante Director in Oaxaca speaks English fluently, having taken graduate coursework in Michigan, and is a native of Oaxaca. Our Director is available to all candidates as needed for counsel and assistance.