- Placement Locations:Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman, Cuyutlan
- Length of Trip:From 1 week to 3 months
- Typical Weekend Trip:Relax at a local idyllic beach resort and take a dip in the sea
- Prices: from £1645
- Projects Available:Spanish & Conservation | Building & Spanish | Care and Community | Care and Conservation in Mexico
Aside from being a modern, well-educated and industrialised country, Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures with a vibrant history. Mexico is also fascinating in the way that its American, Spanish and Indian influences all pooled together to form a country that mixes developed and developing worlds, forming a stimulating cocktail of wealth and poverty, colour and vibrance.
Our group trips in Mexico are open to anyone with a passion for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
Projects Abroad offers a variety of projects for groups to join in Mexico. Groups can get involved in Care/Teaching, Community, Conservation, Cultural – including Arts & Crafts, Language, Medicine & Healthcare – including Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Midwifery, and Animal Care Projects.
General information on Mexico
From the pyramids and Maya temples of its pre-Hispanic civilisations to the modern thriving cities and from the smoking, snow-capped volcanoes dotted along its interior to its famed tropical beaches, Mexico screams contrast and diversity and there really is something here for everyone.
With a large variety of landscapes, including jungles, deserts, mountains, volcanoes and coral reefs, there comes a large variety of life. Mexico boasts over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna making it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
With nearly 30 World Heritage Sites and ancient structures unique to only this part of the world, Mexicans are proud of their roots and still keep up ancient traditions to this day. Despite this, the country also thrives on progress and is regarded as an emerging power in the global economy, but a wide gap between the wealthy and desperately poor has hampered its development. Mexico also has the US superpower next door and with Americans comprising much of their tourism industry, the importance of English is therefore apparent to everyone.
Where we are based in Mexico
Projects Abroad is based in the large city of Guadalajara, about 40km north of Mexico’s largest body of freshwater; Lake Chapala. The office is based in a popular cultural and artistic neighbourhood, close to the centre of the city.
We also have some projects in Ciudad Guzman which allow volunteers to experience life in a smaller Mexican town, under the shadow of the great Colima volcano. If you are on the Conservation & Environment Project, you'll stay in a volunteer house on the coast in Cuyutlan near our turtle camp; about three hours' drive from Guadalajara.
Groups will stay in a local hotel or hostel so that work and free time can be arranged and organised easily amongst yourselves. The benefits to this is that you will be based in the centre of town with all the restaurants, theatres, bars and shops on your doorstep so you’ll never run out of things to do when you’re not working. There are numerous activities to get involved with here, including attending local football matches, watching some lucha libre (dramatic Mexican wrestling) or filling up on some amazing food like tortas ahogadas
Travel and tourism in Mexico
Groups will get free time in the evenings to spend as they please. Whether it’s relaxing on a beach and watching the world go by, or exploring all the cultural aspects and tourist destinations that the towns and city have to offer, one thing is for sure, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. The weekends are also free so that groups can integrate trips into their project so that they can really get out and explore what this great country has to offer.
Guadalajara is fondly known as the most Mexican of cities. Sombreros, mariachi music, tequila and rodeo riders all originated in Guadalajara.
To make the most of your time off and to get a true Mexican experience, why not try some of the activities that make this country so famous. You could get involved with the exciting atmosphere of a football match, immerse yourself in all of the amazing flavours and spices of Mexican food in a local market, get on your dancing shoes at one of Guadalajara’s many salsa clubs, or even take a trip with your group to a nearby town to join in with one of the many local festivals, anything’s possible!
Mexico offers a wide range of travel opportunities to anyone volunteering abroad, all accessible via the reliable bus services that criss-cross the country. There are cheap, clean, modest hotels in almost every small town. Domestic flights are also numerous and reasonably priced so travel around Mexico after the project is cheap and easy.
To get away from it all, find a good map and some timetables and head for the beaches, hills, jungles or mountains. In Mexico it is easy to get off the beaten track. You'll soon be climbing up ancient pyramids, whale-watching or surfing the Mexican waves.