Volunteer in Oaxaca FAQ

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Find Volunteer in Oaxaca specific FAQs below

What Happens After I Apply, Step By Step?
Once we receive your completed application packet (this is a straightforward online form + one email with required documents as attachments), we conduct an hour long Skype or phone interview, to go over your application and the placement abroad process. Be ready to take a lot of notes here! We then check two of your references. At that point, by approximately 5-10 business days after receipt of your application packet, you are formally confirmed into the Volunteer program.  Next step is to send your file to our Director in your program city abroad.  He will begin presenting your file to our participating companies/organizations abroad, in your desired field.  Once the best company for your specific program parameters chooses your file, we then contract you with them for your volunteership. You will sign this contract, too.  Concurrently, we 1) coordinate the housing you have chosen (apartment usually, homestay in some cases); and, 2) enroll you in the two or three week intensive language course / module you will take upon arrival.  We like to be done with the entire step by step process by no later than about 30 days prior to your program start date. So, candidates will know both where they are living and where they are volunteering long before they arrive abroad.

Is housing included in the price of the program?
Yes – You will have your own room in a shared apartment with other Adelante candidates/international students or you will have your own room in a shared Guesthouse (this option typically offers a better chance to have Mexican roommates, not other US students.) In both options, plan on doing your own food shopping and your own cooking, quite an eye-opener that first time in a Mexican grocery store! The apartments and shared Guesthouses are in central Oaxaca, in working neighborhoods, near to public transit, grocery stores, laundry mats, bars, cafes, etc. All apartments & shared Guesthouses are fully furnished, with bedding, fully equipped kitchens, sheets, towels, pots, pans are also included, as is Wi-Fi.

What Spanish language classes are included?
For the first two weeks, you are enrolled in an Intensive Spanish Language course for 4 hours per day, 5 days per week (approximately 40 hours). This course takes place at a prestigious private language institute, in a great location, and your level is determined by a placement test.  Each level course is no more than 10 students.

How much should I budget for living expenses per month, above and beyond what is included in the program fee?
For Mexico we suggest approximately $100 USD per week, and this covers normal expenses like groceries, bus money, some going out and one or two nearby excursions a month. The price goes up when you start going out at night more and when you begin to travel further away (which we do encourage!).

Is there an Adelante contact in Mexico?
Yes – Carlos Ortega, our director abroad and a Mexican national, will work to ensure that you have an educational and fun experience in Mexico. He is highly involved in the cultures, dialects and art forms of Oaxacan communities, both in the city and the outer lying indigenous areas. You will be meeting with Carlos during your first week of classes before your work assignment starts. Carlos is accustomed to working with groups from abroad, speaks English fluently and is an extremely good liaison between long term visitors to Oaxaca and their new “home”.