Adelante Abroad Volunteer in Mexico
Viva Oaxaca! You will have hard times here – plan to get stuck in traffic at the oddest times and to run out of water, to see graffiti that isn’t even cool, just ugly, and to wait forever to use an inside ATM machine. However, these are far outweighed by the people themselves, the killer climate year round, the food that literally has Festivals dedicated to it each year and the depth of the culture. Not to be forgotten, is that it is really cheap to live here too! Adelante Abroad chose Oaxaca because it is such a great place to live. You can be in pine tree filled mountains within half an hour. Go the other way and visit a stone waterfall, Hierve el Agua. Yet another direction takes you to El Tule, the world’s widest tree. There are day trips to the beaches of Mazunte, Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco. In downtown Oaxaca live like a local, drinking the fabulous Oaxacan chocolate and trying the different Mole sauces while you complain that the bus is late. Shop at true farmers markets for the freshest and cheapest. Buy real art, in the form of Alebrije (intricately painted figures), and Black Pottery to take home and enshrine or gift.
Hear What Our Candidates Have To Say
I was originally looking for a program where I could improve my Spanish. I searched and searched, and came across Adelante Abroad. Not only could I improve my Spanish, but I could intern in whatever field I wanted and get real-life work experience! It was the perfect combination. Before I went to work with ecology in Oaxaca, Mexico with Adelante, I was unsure of what I wanted to study or do with my life. After experiencing plant life on a new level, I realized that is what I want to study. My experience with Adelante clarified many things about myself career-wise, and also personal-wise. I am very appreciative of my experience, and Oaxaca is incredibly beautiful!
I personally had a very positive experience. Adelante provided with me with what I needed (housing, volunteer job, language classes). For me, things went quite smoothly. This program worked well for me because I prefer being more independent. Other people I had spoken to I think expected a bit more of a hands on approach. I would recommend this program to anyone who prefers working and establishing their own life in Oaxaca as if their were moving to a new city, alone, anywhere else in the world.