Mexico is a major tourist destination because it affords visitors tropical beaches, resorts, historical sites, and natural jungle habitats to name some. There are also learning and vacation opportunities when you volunteer. As volunteers you get to interact with the local communities, learn of their traditions and contribute in a positive way.
There are numerous volunteering options in a wide range of fields. For individuals related to the medical field, there are volunteering options in rural health clinics. Work will involve vaccinating and participating in health related outreach programs. The duration of the program can be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks or be extended to six months. The benefits to the volunteer include living with a local family, gaining first hand healthcare experience and in free time mountaineering, or visiting archaeology sites in the area.
Cultural exchange projects located in Queretaro, Zacatecas and Michoacan involve tutoring and English teaching at local area school. The programs run for two months and volunteers get to live with Mexican hosts. Volunteers work for 20 hours a week. This means they have plenty of time leftover to see the country side, get to taste authentic Mexican food and pick up Spanish in return for their service.
Among the most loved projects is the one involving sea turtle conservation. Designed especially for university students and coinciding with their school calendars, the project lasts for one week in the spring break. Volunteers spend time combing through sand searching for turtle eggs and then transporting them to the safety of a hatchery. For entertainment volunteers get to camp on a beach, along the Pacific Coast.