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Volunteer with Children in Mexico

Volunteer with Children in Mexico

Immerse yourself in the Caribbean way of life whilst making an invaluable contribution to the lives of some of the poorest children in the astonishing Mexico.

Prices from $1,695

With its white sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, warm sunny weather and rich ancient history Mexico has become a world renowned travel destination. Situated in Central America, bordering the United States to the north and Guatemala to the south, Mexico is a rapidly changing country hosting both ancient Mayan and Aztec routes and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. The Frontier-Mexico project gives you the opportunity to experience life in this warm and friendly country as you help empower children and provide a safe and fun environment for them to learn and play away from the hardships children face in impoverished areas.

Many parents in this part of Mexico have to work long hours to provide for their families and the centre you will be placed in offers a relief for these families, enabling the children to spend time with positive adult role models as well as have the opportunity to not only learn but simply play with their peers. Children here might have been victims of aggression or are at risk of being left alone for large parts of the day so your care and attention will be gratefully received.

Not only will you spend time teaching and looking after the children, you will also have the opportunity learn about Mexican culture as you immerse yourself in the Caribbean way of life. Alongside volunteers and travellers from all over the world you will have the chance to not only make a difference ein the lives of these children but your own as well, and walk away with memories for life.

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in Mexican culture and cuisine
  • Explore and experience new opportunities
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Unleash your creativity as you prepare and help out with activities
  • Help give the children your care and attention
  • Assist the local staff members with activities and lessons

 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • CRB check
  • Minimum age - 18 years old

FAST FACTS

Location                Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Activities                Assist with lessons and activities
                                Empower childre
                                Care and support the cHILDREN
                                Help plan the daily activities and prepare the classroom

Transport              Airport pick-up 
AccommodationVolunteer house or flat

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go   Pre-departure support & documentation
                           Travel & medical advice & documentation
                           Advice on visas & equipment
                           Discounted medical kit
                           Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country         Accommodation
                           Food
                           In-country emergency support
                           24-hour international HQ back-up
                           Airport pickup and drop off
                           Local orientation

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

 

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The project is committed to ensuring that children are safe and know their rights, aiming to empower them to achieve a bright future. You will be helping the project protect children who might have been affected by abuse, abandonment or the drugs trade. Through varied and fun tasks you will be able to assist in teaching the children vital life skills and how to be safe should they come into contact with these kinds of threats in the future.

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This is a varied program where you will have the opportunity to provide homework help for the children, helping with reading and writing in English as well as support them in their endeavours to complete tasks set out by teachers in varied subjects. You will also get involved in the overall running of the centre, including all from delivering health and safety sessions to the general tidying up that follow the fun! All the while you will have in country staff providing you with close supervision, while playing games with the children and offering them a safe and fun environment where they can enjoy the time they spend learning with their friends. You will generally work in the mornings with the afternoons free to plan the next day’s activities or perhaps take a language lesson to improve your Spanish skills. You might be needed to come back certain afternoons if the local staff need help with their evening classes so remember to be flexible.

Your teaching week will be Monday to Friday giving you the weekend free to explore Mexico’s exciting culture, beaches and sites further. Check out the extras page for ideas about what you could get up to in your free time!

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

If you arrive into Cancun International Airport the Friday before your project start date, local staff will be at the airport between 2- 6pm to take you to your pre-project accommodation. If are arriving before you will be asked to make your own way to the project on Saturday morning.
 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in basic, safe and comfortable accommodation in a shared volunteer house or flat in the lively beach town of Playa Del Carmen. The accommodation will have running water and warm showers. Living conditions will be standard to basic Mexican life style so be prepared for a true Mexican experience!
 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food will be provided at the volunteer accommodation where you will also be expected to prepare meals for yourself and your fellow volunteers. The Mexican diet generally consists of rice, pasta, meat and vegetables but fruit, pancakes and eggs are also common. Being known as the home of popular dishes like fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, Mexico is not just your one trick pony - a wide variety of dishes are just as delicious! Why not try pickled vegetables, gorjitas (savoury corn cakes) or pozole (a light Mexican soup) to name a few. Playa Del Carmen has a range of eating opportunities from cheap street food to upmarket restaurants if you want to take a break from cooking and treat yourself to some Mexican delicacies or American/European meals

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time why not see what other exciting opportunities Mexico has to offer by exploring Yucatan and beyond. You could visit the beautiful island of Cozumel or Akumel Bay and swim alongside turtles and other marine life in the incredible corals and temperate sea water. You could also take a trip to the cenotes and experience the underwater river systems or travel to Rio Lagartos and see the flamingo and crocodile populations. For those after more cultural experience you should take the opportunity to travel to the world famous Chichen Itza or Tulum and immerse yourself in ancient Mayan traditions and legends.

If you decide to stay a bit longer in Mexico after your placement you could even venture into the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and wonder through the tropical forests or visit the hidden city of Morelia or the island of Espíritu Santo and kayak with whale sharks and sea lions. To the South there are the countries of Guatemala and Belize for those who want to extend their travels into South America.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,695

4 weeks $2,245

6 weeks $2,745

8 weeks $3,245

10 weeks $3,745

12 weeks $4,245

16 weeks $5,295

20 weeks $6,295

24 weeks $7,345

20 hrs Spanish Lessons $395

Spanish lessons are a requirement for any volunteers who are not able to speak fluent Spanish.

DEPARTURE DATES

Biweekly, please arrive on the Friday before your project begins on the Saturday in order to get an airport pickup. If arriving overland please make your own way to the guesthouse for 10am on Saturday morning. 

DURATION

Duration 2 -24 weeks

START DATES

03 Feb 2018

 17 Feb 2018

 03 Mar 2018

 17 Mar 2018

 31 Mar 2018

 14 Apr 2018

 28 Apr 2018

 12 May 2018

 26 May 2018

 09 Jun 2018

 23 Jun 2018

 07 Jul 2018

 21 Jul 2018

 04 Aug 2018

 18 Aug 2018

 01 Sep 2018

 15 Sep 2018

 29 Sep 2018

 13 Oct 2018

 27 Oct 2018

 10 Nov 2018

 24 Nov 2018

 08 Dec 2018

 22 Dec 2018

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cancun (CUN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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