Volunteer and Expand Your Resume in

   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.

Volunteer Programs in 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.

We have used our years of experience sending candidates abroad to Spain to develop the same valuable and customized Volunteer program in Mexico!

We offer placements in Archaeology, Arts, Business, Culinary, Ecology, Education, Graphic Design, Law, Medical /Healthcare, Non-profits (NGOs) , Psychology, Social Work, Teaching English, Theatre, Volunteer, Women’s Studies and Health, Work with Children, and more!

Internships in Oaxaca
Fall Internships in Mexico
Julia with Carlos, Director in Oaxaca

What's Included

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
  • Housing is included. Live like a Native in a shared apartment with other Adelante candidates/international students or elect to live with Mexican roommates.
  • 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
  • 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.

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!"
Dune D., Colorado Springs Early Colleges
Environmental, Horticulture, & Ecology Program
"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."
Melissa H., Ridgewood, NJ, USA
Social Work Internship