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.
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!