Volunteer in Oaxaca

Program Info

Volunteer in Oaxaca, Mexico-  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 safe!  It is a beautiful old colonial city in south-central Mexico with an alternative, artsy vibe. 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 cobblestone 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 a LOT, 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!

We can say with confidence that we offer the most affordable volunteer programs in Oaxaca, do your research! Begin your internship experience by applying now.

What You’re Getting
We have a several key features associated with our program, here are just a few:

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.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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.

To see a more comprehensive list of what’s included in our program click here.

Online Reviews

List of Volunteerships in Oaxaca

Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.

ARCHAEOLOGY

ARCHAEOLOGY:  Volunteers will work on the preservation, restoration and organization of archaeological sites and museums of Oaxaca. Expect to work with government entities, not private sector entities, as there is mostly reconstruction and renovation work needed.  There are so many sites in and around Oaxaca, the Government institutes that take our volunteers will decide which one and where.  Placement is based upon past experience, length of time and time of year in the program.

ARTS

ARTS –  Oaxaca is famous as a haven for Artists, so this is one of our most developed sectors.  There are so many, we listed them in bullets below so you can really choose which is a best fit:

  • Workshop interns wanted at various studios teaching: Painting, Sculpting, Glass Art, Bookmaking, Collage work, Drawing and more
  • Docent at a Contemporary & Mexican folk art gallery
  • Docent at Graphic Arts museum, library and art events
  • Volunteer with the Center for Human Rights – teaching music and painting workshops in communities in order to teach basic human rights
  • Assist in downtown Oaxacan artist women’s cooperative store (a very cool 3 story building that houses art made by women from the numerous nearby indigenous communities with profits going right back to those women in those communities)
  • Teaching English to Artisans dedicated to the creation of wood carving figures and helping with the marketing of their works.
  • Restoration project of wall paintings (murals) in a XVIII century church 20 minutes from Oaxaca City – good hand-skills and patience required.
  • Aspiring Botanists wanted: Help in the daily activities of a natural dyes and cochineal center, 20 minutes from Oaxaca City. Candidates will work in the lab, in the field with plants and insects (taking care and harvesting), dying workshops and organization of large annual events (November)

BUSINESS

ACCOUNTING: Work for a progressive arts collective in Oaxaca helping them with all things accounting, from the ground up. There is a TON of work and the people are very welcoming. Volunteer should have knowledge of basic accounting principles and be ready to help build an accounting structure and program vs. expecting one to already be in place upon arrival.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: The following  volunteer positions are all within an organization that promotes the cultivation and consumption of an ancient grain grown in abundance in Oaxaca (amaranth) as a way to improve health.

  • Develop a profitable business for a program that is currently run as a non-profit organization.
  • Research, write and edit grant proposals.
  • Local business outreach/marketing – approaching local restaurants, food stores and clothing stores to educate and promote the organization and their work (advanced Spanish required).
  • Monitor and evaluate the program through interviewing participants and analysis of date. (Oct – Jan only)
  • Program development by observing and analyzing, then providing suitable workshops and training. (advanced Spanish required)
  • Provide organizational assistance in areas such as fundraising, human resources, budgeting and program development.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Volunteer for an organization that certifies organic farms in Latin America
  • Non -governmental organization that provides analysis of small communities to assists them in planning eco-tourism, product production and market research
  • Non-government organization that assists small communities in analyzing biology and geography of their community including projects in fiber and other materials
  • Promoting cultivation and consumption of amaranth to improve life in rural Oaxaca.
  • Promoting PET recycling with kids, schools, and public as well as activities, proposals, translations, and managing PET recycle within Oaxaca City.
  • Volunteer work for a non-profit organization in Oaxaca City whose focus is to teach the public about a variety of social issues apparent in Mexico, including animal rights and welfare, ecological responsibility, health, disability rights, human rights, education, children, and farming.

CULINARY

CULINARY: Not really a Volunteer position, however there are excellent placements in this sector. We have five chefs who will take our interns, most focus on Oaxacan contemporary, or “fusion” style.  From an upscale restaurant, wine/mezcal store and mezcal production entity, to “alternative” vegetarian and vegan cafes to traditional restaurants with excellent kitchens, where candidates will learn the art of making the famous “mole” sauces, and more. Culinary candidates look no further: Oaxaca is one of the culinary hot spots in the world.

  • Work with alternative innovative Oaxacan-Mexican cuisine, combining traditional ingredients in new and novel recipes, served up in contemporary presentations. The avant-garde architect-designed setting makes this establishment one of the most exciting places to eat in Oaxaca. A formerly derelict colonial patio now sports high adobe-brick walls, tall wooden columns and cool pools of water in an impeccably contemporary configuration, half open to the sky
  • Going a bit higher end, and in a classy, yet casual setting. It’s nueva cocina, traditional Mexican food with smart, interesting modern touches, but without ever losing respect for the traditional
  • Another placement declares with pride that all its antojitos are made out of maiz criollo, meaning that the variety is indigenous and native to Mexico. (Criollo also means a Mexican of Spanish descent)
  • More in line with our Volunteer push in Oaxaca, is cooking and serving breakfast and lunch to 120 children and teenagers in an marginal community near Montealban within an NGO’s social program

ECOLOGY

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE / ECOLOGY: Work with an established organization that focuses on water issues for the Central Valleys of Oaxaca. Their mission is how to find renewable, secure sources of good water for the population of this region.

Volunteer duties include:

•  Regeneration

•  Soil conservation
•  Water management
•  Revegetation
•  Alternative construction
•  Alternative technologies
•  Geographic information system
•  Support training workshops
•  Translations Spanish/ English

A main goal is to merge modern knowledge and technology with the social structure and wisdom of traditional communities.  Offices are located in downtown Oaxaca and projects are available for all levels of Spanish. Interns must be self-motivated, mature, and able to work independently as well as in a group. Placements are available year round.

** 2 month minimum.

EDUCATION

Who wants to Volunteer as a Teacher in Oaxaca? So many options!  Help in a government office for social assistance, and cultural activities for the youth of Oaxaca.  Or assist giving courses on cultural, academic and sport activities for the general public within that same government funded office.

TEACHING ENGLISH volunteers wanted to:

  • at a Public elementary school
  • teaching employees of a Government office for human rights
  • working with low risk boys at a juvenile hall
  • or with street kids as an afternoon class in a group home in down town Oaxaca

GRAPHIC DESIGN

COMPUTER – DIGITAL ART – Most non-profits don’t have to much budget to spend on important things like web design and social media.  This is where our Graphic Design Volunteers come in!  Work at an alternative university program focusing on community education based social development and research groups – all need website design and assistance in research.  Also, developing, designing, and/or translating web pages and logos for low income NGO’s, local artisans, and small family businesses, within a network of Graphic Design Studios in Oaxaca City.

LAW

This is tricky as our volunteers will be working within the legal sector, however for non profits, not law firms.  One setting is a small one person Judicial Center that provides mediation services. This center helps employees to effectively comunicate with their employers regarding labor matters and employee rights. The center provides mediation in the beginning and where required, they assist the employee to sue the employer. The office is a local office part of the government’s Justice Secretary and mostly helps people that do not have enough money to go to a lawyer.

Another setting is a non profit that assists women in all matters relating to divorce proceedings.  From assistance to filing for divorce to helping securing what was legally promised after a divorce proceeding.  Think single moms with children trying to get a dead beat dad to provide alimony and other assistance after a divorce.

MEDICAL

This is one of our favorite placements in Oaxaca.  Candidates will work at an established Red Cross hospital serving the public that cannot afford a doctor.  Volunteers will be trained and have a fixed NP or Physician to shadow (they even have to wear a white lab coat!).  Within this Hospital in downtown Oaxaca there are these Departments that accept our Volunteers:  

  • Very low cost general medical clinic
  • Emergency ambulance and paramedic services
  • Dental and medical clinic
  • Alternative medicine including floral baths, herbs and acupuncture
  • Intake, if Spanish level is high enough

NON-PROFIT

Everything in our Oaxaca programs is within the NGO or non-profit sector, except Culinary.  Choose from so many fields:

  • environmental/ecology
  • business development
  • medical/health and public health
  • social and economic development
  • social work
  • women’s studies and services
  • street children assistance
  • ETC, etc, etc…lot’s more, it’s what we focus on in this program

PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

SOCIAL WORK / PSYCHOLOGY:

  • Organizing, publicizing and teaching workshops in communities to teach basic human rights
  • Judicial center to provide alternative of mediation to public of Oaxaca
  • Center to assist Oaxacan’s that plan to immigrate to the US
  • Low risk boys juvenile hall
  • Children’s center providing daily free lunch, preschool, computer an other classes, hygiene care, school uniforms, homework help for Oaxacan’s “street” children
  • Civil association that promotes a woman’s right to vote and equal participation in the government
  • Non-profit organization that provides research and works on particular projects that relate to women and families and in particular reproductive health and provides low cost counseling and gynecological exams
  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops
  • Providing basic medical and health education, as well as helping children with their homework, at the primary school level within Oaxaca City. Same site, preparing and serving food to children at the primary school level within Oaxaca City.

TEACHING ENGLISH

TEACHING ENGLISH: There is actually a component of this in nearly all our placements:  we find that even in a business setting, staff are interested in language exchange, or “intercambios”, exchanging time with each other in English and Spanish.  Placements specific to TE are here:

  • Public primary school
  • Government office for human rights, teaching employees
  • Low risk boys juvenile hall
  • Government office for social assistance, academic and cultural activities for the youth of Oaxaca.
  • Teaching English to Artisans dedicated to the creation of wood carving figures and help with the marketing of their works.

THEATRE

THEATRE: Volunteer with an established Theatre group that presents plays in indigenous communities. The group creates and prepares plays then performs them for small towns, in schools (primary or secondary ones) and main plazas of indigenous communities. They are usually children’s themed plays, sometimes more adult oriented. The themes vary, including health, environment and safety issues. Volunteers will assist with everything from performances, to organizing to transportation to costumes, sets and props.

VOLUNTEER

Each and every placement (except maybe Culinary) in our Mexico program is volunteer work! Take a look at all of the fields waiting for your help as a volunteer in the above (or below) tabs!

WOMENS’ STUDIES AND HEALTH

WOMENS’ STUDIES AND HEALTH: This is a field that is close to our hearts, and one that has a surprising amount of support and services tied to it in Oaxaca. Below are several locales that take our volunteers:

  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops.
  • Non-profit organization that provides research and works on particular projects that relate to women and families and in particular reproductive health projects, provide low cost counseling and gynecological exams
  • Civil association that promotes a woman’s right to vote and equal participation in the government
  • Advocacy group serving women with no resources, providing education and assistance with divorce proceedings and domestic abuse issues

WORKING WITH CHILDREN

WORKING WITH CHILDREN: So you know you want to give back a bit, but you aren’t quite sure what field to volunteer in, and you know you love kids? maybe want a break from your studies or current work? This is for you then!

  • Children’s center providing daily free lunch, preschool, computer an other classes, hygiene care, school uniforms, homework help for Oaxacan’s “street” children
  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops.
  • Courses of cultural, academic and sport activities for the general public.
  • Orphanage for children and young adults coming from indigenous communities.

OTHER FIELDS

Other Volunteer opportunities in different fields? Ask us, they may be available on request. Our Volunteer field placements are not limited to the above list, we can work with you in finding the right fit! We’ve placed past candidates in other varied fields such as Auto Industry, Zoology, Photography, etc. Contact us if you don’t see what you want to do here, and inquire about other placement opportunities! We’ll do our best to work for and with you in finding your desired placement.

(All work assignments must be confirmed in advance as space depends on availability and candidates experience and interests.)

Volunteer in Oaxaca

Program Info

Volunteer in Oaxaca, Mexico- 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 safe!  It is a beautiful old colonial city in south-central Mexico with an alternative, artsy vibe. 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 cobblestone 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 a LOT, 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!

We can say with confidence that we offer the most affordable volunteer programs in Oaxaca, do your research! Begin your internship experience by applying now.

What You’re Getting
We have a several key features associated with our program, here are just a few:

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.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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.

To see a more comprehensive list of what’s included in our program click here.

Online Reviews

List of Volunteerships in Oaxaca

Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.

ARCHAEOLOGY

ARCHAEOLOGY: Volunteers in this sector tend to work with government entities, not private sector entities, as there is mostly reconstruction and renovation work needed.  There are so many sites in and around Oaxaca, the Government institutes that take our volunteers will decide which one and where.  Placement is based upon past experience, length of time and time of year in the program.  Volunteers will work on the preservation, restoration and organization of archaeological sites and museums of Oaxaca.

ARTS

ARTS –  Oaxaca is famous as a haven for Artists, so this is one of our most developed sectors.  There are so many, we just listed them in bullets below so you can really choose which is a best fit:

  • Workshop interns wanted at various studios teaching: Painting, Sculpting, Glass Art, Bookmaking, Collage work, Drawing and more
  • Docent at a Contemporary & Mexican folk art gallery
  • Docent at Graphic Arts museum, library and art events
  • Volunteer with the Center for Human Rights – teaching music and painting workshops in communities in order to teach basic human rights
  • Assist in downtown Oaxacan artist women’s cooperative store (a very cool 3 story building that houses art made by women from the numerous nearby indigenous communities with profits going right back to those women in those communities)
  • Teaching English to Artisans dedicated to the creation of wood carving figures and helping with the marketing of their works.
  • Restoration project of wall paintings (murals) in a XVIII century church 20 minutes from Oaxaca City – good hand-skills and patience required.
  • Aspiring Botanists wanted: Help in the daily activities of a natural dyes and cochineal center, 20 minutes from Oaxaca City. Candidates will work in the lab, in the field with plants and insects (taking care and harvesting), dying workshops and organization of large annual events (November)

BUSINESS

ACCOUNTING: Work for a progressive arts collective in Oaxaca helping them with all things accounting, from the ground up. There is a TON of work and the people are very welcoming. Volunteer should have knowledge of basic accounting principles and be ready to help build an accounting structure and program vs. expecting one to already be in place upon arrival.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: The following  volunteer positions are all within an organization that promotes the cultivation and consumption of an ancient grain grown in abundance in Oaxaca (amaranth) as a way to improve health.

  • Develop a profitable business for a program that is currently run as a non-profit organization.
  • Research, write and edit grant proposals.
  • Local business outreach/marketing – approaching local restaurants, food stores and clothing stores to educate and promote the organization and their work (advanced Spanish required).
  • Monitor and evaluate the program through interviewing participants and analysis of date. (Oct – Jan only)
  • Program development by observing and analyzing, then providing suitable workshops and training. (advanced Spanish required)
  • Provide organizational assistance in areas such as fundraising, human resources, budgeting and program development.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Volunteer for an organization that certifies organic farms in Latin America
  • Non -governmental organization that provides analysis of small communities to assists them in planning eco-tourism, product production and market research
  • Non-government organization that assists small communities in analyzing biology and geography of their community including projects in fiber and other materials
  • Promoting cultivation and consumption of amaranth to improve life in rural Oaxaca.
  • Promoting PET recycling with kids, schools, and public as well as activities, proposals, translations, and managing PET recycle within Oaxaca City.
  • Volunteer work for a non-profit organization in Oaxaca City whose focus is to teach the public about a variety of social issues apparent in Mexico, including animal rights and welfare, ecological responsibility, health, disability rights, human rights, education, children, and farming.

CULINARY

CULINARY: Not really a Volunteer position, however there are excellent placements in this sector. From an upscale restaurant, wine/mezcal store and mezcal production entity, to “alternative” vegetarian and vegan cafes to traditional restaurants with excellent kitchens, where candidates will learn the art of making the famous “mole” sauces, and more. Culinary candidates look no further: Oaxaca is one of the culinary hot spots in the world.

  • Work with alternative innovative Oaxacan-Mexican cuisine, combining traditional ingredients in new and novel recipes, served up in contemporary presentations. The avant-garde architect-designed setting makes this establishment one of the most exciting places to eat in Oaxaca. A formerly derelict colonial patio now sports high adobe-brick walls, tall wooden columns and cool pools of water in an impeccably contemporary configuration, half open to the sky
  • Going a bit higher end, and in a classy, yet casual setting. It’s nueva cocina, traditional Mexican food with smart, interesting modern touches, but without ever losing respect for the traditional
  • Another placement declares with pride that all its antojitos are made out of maiz criollo, meaning that the variety is indigenous and native to Mexico. (Criollo also means a Mexican of Spanish descent)
  • More in line with our Volunteer push in Oaxaca, is cooking and serving breakfast and lunch to 120 children and teenagers in an marginal community near Montealban within an NGO’s social program

ECOLOGY

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE / ECOLOGY: Work with an established organization that focuses on water issues for the Central Valleys of Oaxaca – how to find renewable secure sources of good water for the population of this region.

Volunteer duties include:

•  Regeneration

•  Soil conservation
•  Water management
•  Revegetation
•  Alternative construction
•  Alternative technologies
•  Geographic information system
•  Support training workshops
•  Translations Spanish/ English

A main goal is to merge modern knowledge and technology with the social structure and wisdom of traditional communities.  Offices are located in downtown Oaxaca and projects are available for all levels of Spanish. Interns must be self-motivated, mature, and able to work independently as well as in a group. Placements are available year round.

** 2 month minimum.

EDUCATION

Who wants to Volunteer as a Teacher in Oaxaca? So many options!  Help in a government office for social assistance, and cultural activities for the youth of Oaxaca.  Or assist giving courses on cultural, academic and sport activities for the general public within that same government funded office.

TEACHING ENGLISH volunteers wanted to:

  • at a Public elementary school
  • teaching employees of a Government office for human rights
  • working with low risk boys at a juvenile hall
  • or with street kids as an afternoon class in a group home in down town Oaxaca

GRAPHIC DESIGN

COMPUTER – DIGITAL ART

  • work at an alternative university program focusing on education of community based social development and research groups – all need website design and assistance in research
  • Developing, designing, and/or translating web pages and logos for low income NGO’s, local artisans, and small family businesses, within a network of Graphic Design Studios in Oaxaca City.

LAW

This is tricky as our volunteers will be working within the legal sector, however for non profits, not law firms.  One setting is a small one person Judicial Center that provides mediation services. This center helps employees to effectively comunicate with their employers regarding labor matters and employee rights. The center provides mediation in the beginning and where required, they assist the employee to sue the employer. The office is a local office part of the government’s Justice Secretary and mostly helps people that do not have enough money to go to a lawyer.

Another setting is a non profit that assists women in all matters relating to divorce proceedings.  From assistance to filing for divorce to helping securing what was legally promised after a divorce proceeding.  Think single moms with children trying to get a dead beat dad to provide alimony and other assistance after a divorce.

MEDICAL

This is one of our favorite placements in Oaxaca.  Candidates will work at a Red Cross hospital serving the public that cannot afford a doctor.  Volunteers will be trained and have a fixed NP or Physician to shadow (they even have to wear a white lab coat!).  Within this Hospital in downtown Oaxaca there are these Departments that accept our Volunteers:  

  • Very low cost general medical clinic
  • Emergency ambulance and paramedic for large non-profit
  • Dental and medical clinic
  • Alternative medicine including floral baths, herbs and acupuncture

NON-PROFIT

Our non-profit programs offer a host of work for non-profit organizations in fields like environmental/ecology, business development, medical/health, social and economic development, social work, women’s studies and health, etc.!

PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

PSYCHOLOGY: Judicial center to provide alternative of mediation to public of Oaxaca including counseling

SOCIAL WORK:

  • Organizing, publicizing and teaching workshops in communities to teach basic human rights
  • Judicial center to provide alternative of mediation to public of Oaxaca
  • Center to assist Oaxacan’s that plan to immigrate to the US
  • Low risk boys juvenile hall
  • Children’s center providing daily free lunch, preschool, computer an other classes, hygiene care, school uniforms, homework help for Oaxacan’s “street” children
  • Civil association that promotes a woman’s right to vote and equal participation in the government
  • Non-profit organization that provides research and works on particular projects that relate to women and families and in particular reproductive health and provides low cost counseling and gynecological exams
  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops
  • Providing basic medical and health education, as well as helping children with their homework, at the primary school level within Oaxaca City. Same site, preparing and serving food to children at the primary school level within Oaxaca City.

TEACHING ENGLISH

TEACHING ENGLISH:

  • Public primary school
  • Government office for human rights, teaching employees
  • Low risk boys juvenile hall
  • Government office for social assistance, academic and cultural activities for the youth of Oaxaca.
  • Teaching English to Artisans dedicated to the creation of wood carving figures and help with the marketing of their works.

THEATRE

THEATRE: Theatre group that presents plays in indigenous communities. The group prepares plays and goes out to towns and presents them in schools (primary or secondary ones), and main plazas of indigenous communities. They are usually plays for kids and sometimes for adults. The themes vary, for example, health, environment, etc. The group also works on their costumes, sets and props.

VOLUNTEER

Each and every placement (except maybe Culinary) in our Mexico program is volunteer work! Take a look at all of the fields waiting for your help as a volunteer in the above (or below) tabs!

WOMENS’ STUDIES AND HEALTH

WOMENS’ STUDIES AND HEALTH:

  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops.
  • Non-profit organization that provides research and works on particular projects that relate to women and families and in particular reproductive health projects, provide low cost counseling and gynecological exams
  • Civil association that promotes a woman’s right to vote and equal participation in the government

WORKING WITH CHILDREN

WORKING WITH CHILDREN:

  • Children’s center providing daily free lunch, preschool, computer an other classes, hygiene care, school uniforms, homework help for Oaxacan’s “street” children
  • Low risk boys juvenile hall
  • Young women’s dormitory and center for indigenous girls from local villages that provides housing during high school, university and emotional assistance and workshops.
  • Courses of cultural, academic and sport activities for the general public.
  • Orphanage for children and young adults coming from indigenous communities.

OTHER FIELDS

Our field placements are not limited to the above list, we can work with you in finding the right fit! We’ve placed past candidates in other fields such as Auto Industry, Zoology, Photography, etc. Contact us and inquire about other placement opportunities! We’ll do our best to work for and with you in finding your desired placement.

All work assignments must be confirmed in advance as space depends on availability and candidates experience and interests. Other Volunteer opportunities in different fields – ask us, they may be available on request.

Volunteer in Oaxaca is YEAR-ROUND. Begin any month of the year or take advantage of our mid-May start date to beat the summer crowds!
Program Fee
  • 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

Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

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.