Mexican Orphanage Projects
Our orphanage volunteers work in a number of homes in and around Guadalajara.
The orphanages are usually home to about 50 children of different ages. When working with younger children, your daily tasks will be to help bath, cloth and feed the children, putting them down for naps but most importantly spending time playing with the children and keeping them entertained. This is perhaps the most vital role as this is really something that the staff don't have time to do.
The older children go to school during the day so when working with this age group, most of the work will be during the evenings or weekends when the staff will need help with after school activities. The orphanages are often keen for people to help teach English to the older children. Tourism and international trade are vital to the economy in Mexico and the ability to speak just some English can really improve the employment prospects of the children. This is purely optional but you will find simply being at the orphanage is great English practice for the children.
If you're interested in music or drama, why not get the children involved in a play. When I was a volunteer we put on a production of the Wizard of Oz! Doing a play with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained and gives them something to work towards.
If you have a particular interest, we'll encourage you to bring this to the project. For example you may be interested in nature, model making or reading. Why not get the children interested in this too by running a club.What's Included
- UK support (including predeparture information on your placement and accommodation)
- Airport pick-up
- Local induction
- Culture and language course (where applicable)
- Local overseas support
- Food (in project accommodation)
The turtle camp is a semi permanent settlement, made up of a number of large tents. Each function of the camp has it's own tent, for example the lab, the kitchen, the showers, the eating area and even the accommodation. Accommodation is usually in personal tents within a larger tent.
Electricity is provided by a generator and so is rationed and water has to be brought in so must be used sparingly. However, living conditions are comfortable but understandably basic.
There are compensations however! The camp has it's own pool, to help you cool off after a long day on turtle watch or releasing hatchlings and due to the absence of light polution in the area, there's also a powerful telescope for gazing at the stars on the clear nights.Weekends
The cost of the programme in Mexico includes Spanish Lessons. These will usually be conducted in the evenings. The lessons are basic and are designed for those with little or no Spanish. Those with good Spanish already can elect to skip these lessons.
Weekends are free which means that you can easily get together with other volunteers and go travelling at weekends.
All the time
This placement would suit:
people who want to help out overworked staff and spend time brightening the lives of the children.
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
food, airport pickup
Joining Global Volunteer Projects is as much about learning as it is about giving. As well as gaining work experience on journalism and medical projects, you’ll learn the local language and immerse in the local culture - maybe drumming in Ghana, or yoga in India. Teaching, conservation, orphanage placements also available.