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 Internships are to directly benefit you instead of benefitting the community abroad you live in while participating in our programs.
Oaxaca 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 Zocalo, 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.
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.
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 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!
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. NOTE** For most international internships in Oaxaca, Mexico some Spanish language skills are required.