Children and Youth Programs in Mexico
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Children and Youth Programs in Mexico

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Mexico: Merida

Program Summary

Volunteer in Children's Homes in Yucatan
Volunteers can work with an orphanage or at a child welfare organization in the city of Merida or in one of the Mayan Villages around Yucatan. The children come from a variety of situations including loss of one or both parents, physical and sexual abuse and extreme poverty. Some of these children are in the orphanage on a temporary basis and others stay until they reach the age of 18. The orphanage provides shelter, education and all the children basic needs.

There are two types of centers, the Casa Cuna receives children from 0-6 and provides basic care for boys and girls that are being abandoned, neglected or are waiting for adoption. Volunteers will spend time with the children leading activities and games, helping at meal times, and teaching basic skills to the children. Volunteers are welcome to assist with daily activities with the children and chores around the center.

The second type of center is the Casas Hogares for children ages 6-18 where the ...


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

Program Duration

2-4 Weeks

Year(s) Offered


Participation Guidelines

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

Cost in USD per week

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Program Includes:

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.

Accommodation Options

  • Home-stays

Experience Required



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

Application Procedures

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application

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