Adelante Intern and Study Abroad
Volunteer in Oaxaca

PROGRAM FEE

  • 1 month: $2,495

    (not all work assignments available)
  • 2 months: $3,105
  • 3 months: $3,675
  • 4 months: $4,295
  • 5 months: $4,950
  • 6 months: $5,745
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

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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

IT IS OUR GOAL TO HELP YOU EXPERIENCE ANOTHER CULTURE THROUGH OUR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER AND IMMERSION PROGRAM. TO DATE WE HAVE PLACED 100% OF OUR CANDIDATES IN PROGRAMS ABROAD. WE HAVE GOOD SUCCESS MATCHING CANDIDATES WITH THEIR DESIRED SECTORS, BASED ON THEIR SKILLS AND AVAILABILITY. CANDIDATES THAT ARE BEGINNING SPEAKERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE BY APPLYING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH ASSIGNMENTS.

NOTE: If you want to intern in a Sector you don't see here, then with a minimum of 60 days advance notice we can make an effort to find a placement in your desired field.

*NEW*  ACCOUNTING VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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. 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE / ECOLOGY

Work with a non-profit that focuses on alternative technology, new testing techniques and research for all-important water issues facing this region of the world. 

Mission statement in part reads:  “organization seeks new theoretical approaches to conservation, promotes the exploration of nature and society through research, and supports the implementation of alternative technologies. Furthermore, we aim to merge modern knowledge and technology with the social structure and wisdom of traditional communities. The Institute's members hope that our work will be a flexible, collaborative, and efficient vehicle to assist Oaxacan communities in their search for better living conditions and a more harmonious relationship with their natural environment.” 

Possible projects may include social or scientific research, bioconstruction, manual labor in the permaculture demonstration center, sustainable production etc. 

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.

ARCHEOLOGY

Government Institute in charge of the preservation, restoration and organization of archeological sites and museums of Oaxaca.

ARTS

  • Contemporary & Mexican folk art gallery
  • Contemporary and Mexican folk art studio and classes
  • Graphic arts museum, library and art events
  • Center for Human Rights - teaching music and painting workshops in communities in order to teach basic human rights
  • Oaxacan artist women's cooperative store.
  • 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.
  • 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 DEVELOPMENT

The following positions are all within an organization that promotes the cultivation and consumption of 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.

COMPUTER - DIGITAL ART

  • Alternative university program including education of community based social development and research, need website design and assistance in research and organization
  • 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.

CULINARY

Not really a Volunteer position, but we have 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

LAW

Judicial center to provide alternative of mediation to public of Oaxaca. This center helps employees to deal 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.

MEDICAL / HEALTH

  • 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
  • Conduct a scientific study to determine whether the daily consumption of amaranth can assist children with overcoming malnutrition (advanced Spanish required).

PSYCHOLOGY

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

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Organization that certifies organic farms in Latin America
  • Non-governmental organization that provides help in product development, design, market research and communications to local Oaxacan communities. One of their projects is in regards to sustainable wood market
  • 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.
  • Assistance with organizing, promoting, and attention to customers in the organic market initiative and certification process, twice a week in 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.

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

  • 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.

TEACHING COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Government office for social assistance, and cultural activities for the youth of Oaxaca.
  • Courses of cultural, academic and sport activities for the general public.

THEATER

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.

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

  • 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.

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.


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