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Children and Youth Programs in Mexico

Program Duration

2-4 Week




Volunteers must be active, creative and self motivated. Please, keep in mind that this position requires a basic to intermediate level of Spanish, especially in the rural areas, where Spanish is the second language.

Minimum Education

High School


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Varies depending on duration. Contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Registration fees

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI Abroad's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Mérida and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in México, city tours and help with transportation.

In-country Staff Support: ELI Abroad's Mexico´s coordinator is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Mexican life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants. Host families are eager to welcome volunteers and are a fantastic resource for learning about the local culture and sights.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Childcare & Children
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Orphans
  • Social Work
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Tutor
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI Abroad volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application