Risk falling head over heels in love with the Mexico you can’t see on a cruise stop or a spring break trip. Come for cascading waterfalls and deep emerald pools you can swim in … and stay for the vibrant culture.
This country envelopes all of your senses the minute you get off the plane; Hear music spill out from the city square, taste spicy cinnamon in your iced horchata, juicy sweet strawberry agua fresca and settle the battle of who has the best tacos el pastor between neighboring taco carts. It’s easy to see why volunteers don’t want to leave!
Forget about what you think a semester in Mexico is all about, and get ready for adventures on adventures in this country. Volunteers are living in Central Mexico, away from the crowded cruise-port beaches, but right in the center of what we think is the best part of the country. Weekend trips to a dozen colorful cities are just a $5 bus ride away. You’ll be living in quiet cities, just a walk away from your favorite taco stand. Here, it’s easy to stay totally in touch with the local culture. There’s plenty of vacation time to explore the dreamy beaches and crumbling Aztec ruins, but your day to day adventures look a little bit like this …
Glimpse a day in Mexico
TEACH ENGLISH TO KIDS IN MEXICO
You’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English through our Exchange Program up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
Volunteering and Costs
We have a few groups living in central Mexico, in cities in the colorful states of Guanajuato and Puebla!
—Spring: Depart early to mid January – return end of April
—Summer: Depart end of April or early May – return middle of August
—Fall: Depart end of August – return middle of December, just in time for Christmas
—4-7 volunteers in a group
—Single males/females and married couples
—18-about 25ish years old
—US and Canadian volunteers
—No experience needed!
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
We paused our Mexico program at the start of the pandemic and are so excited to be back again (and have been here since Spring 2021)! So what’s life like in Mexico now? Borders never really closed for Mexico, but in the past, we have seen stricter Covid-19 regulations depending on case numbers. After rising cases started dropping, more and more things opened, travel was easier between provinces, etc. Masks are required in Mexico, but life is operating pretty typically with in-person classes and lots of things to see and do. Volunteers going to Mexico must have their Covid-19 vaccine.
We are so happy to have volunteers in this location again!
EXPLORING CENTRAL AMERICA
The best part about Mexico is all the travel. So many of our favorite spots are just hours away from your home, meaning you can take a trip just about every weekend if you want to! During your vacations you can explore a bit farther and see other parts of Mexico or you could even take a flight to Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, or Panama. Mexico is definitely the place to go if you want see and do as much as you can on a budget.
Puerto Vallarta — Beaches, snorkeling, fresh fruit smoothies, ancient ruins, and more? This place has all that vacation life has to offer.
Grutas de Tolantongo — Head to this favorite spot and go ziplining, hike to waterfalls, swim in hot springs overlooking the canyon, and explore caves. So. Much. Fun.
Querétaro — The streets of Querétaro are filled with colorful walls and picture perfect views. Come see creamy yellows, sherbet oranges and dreamy pinks, plus towering cathedrals.
Leon — See a hot air balloon festival at sunrise! Or visit the central market and bring home a suitcase of those famous leather shoes we all love. After all, Leon is called the shoe capital of the world.
Cancun — No offense to you Cancun, but we love you as a jumping-off point to some much more rad adventures. Take a boat ride out to some nearby islands or head over to Tulum where you can dive into pools of crystal clear water in Tulum’s cenotes and lounge on pristine beaches. Tulum is also home to one of the most famous (and gorgeous) set of Mayan ruins. For more ruins, take a day trip to Chichen Itza where you can check a World Wonder off your bucket list!
Guanajuato — One of the most colorful cities in Mexico and so close to where volunteers are living. Visit on any weekend, easily but be sure to bring your pesos — shopping is a dream here.
Puerto Escondido — This is one of our most favorite beachy vacations! Head south to release baby sea turtles, go paddle boarding in the bluest of waters, and at night, swim with glowing plankton.
Guadalajara — Get a feel for the culture by visiting this historic city. See the sights, the buildings, the murals, and a show at the opera. Guadalajara is one of the quintessential cities to experience while in Mexico.
The San Luis Potosi Waterfalls — Come splash in a series of waterfalls in this part of the country. You can take a canoe tour through a deep canyon to see the thundering Tamul waterfall or rope swing into a hidden oasis … but we recommend making time for both!
San Miguel De Allende — It’s called “the prettiest city in Mexico” for a reason. Hang out in the big city square sipping horchata and watch the sun set over the impressively gorgeous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Did we mention this gem is close enough to visit on the weekend?
Monteverde, Costa Rica — Cloud Forests are iconic in Costa Rica and this is one-top spot for experiencing these dense jungles. Hike across bridges suspended over the treetops and get views of the thick green jungles from the clouds.
Granada, Nicaragua — Wander colorfully painted streets, kayak through a nearby island chain … and don’t forget to meet up with the other ILP volunteers who call this city home.
Mexico has been so good to me ...
“Mexico has been so good to me. Since the moment I stepped foot off the plane, I have felt nothing but welcome in this country. The open-armed warmth and kindness of the people I have met here is something I will never forget. Thank you, Mexico.”