Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Mexico
We have more projects to add here soon. In the meantime check the help exchange networks as a fair amount of hostels in Mexico are willing to exchange food and a bed for help about the place.
Grassroots Volunteering in Mexico
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
Centro Infantil de los Angeles
A safe haven for the children of single, working mums who would otherwise not be able to afford daycare for their babies and young children while they work in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, Centro Infantil de los Angeles welcomes volunteers that can cook, build things, teach basic hygiene or that are just good with children. Since they opened in 2000 they have welcomed 1,800 volunteers from 15 countries to be a part of the work they do.
Where: San Miguel de Allende.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation in their guesthouse is available for $180 donation per week or $650 per month, less if staying longer, for groups or returning volunteers. There is also a $25 application fee.
Hostel Work Exchanges
We have seen Tribu Hostel looking for a receptionist and bartender on Holbox Island. Spanish and English language skills were needed along with a big smile. How long you stay depends how much you like the island and them and how much they like you. Hostel Che have a presence on the same island, and elsewhere in Mexico, including Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. They will swap accommodation and breakfast for 20 to 25 hours’ work a week – providing you can commit to one or two months. There’s a Work with Che link on the site for uploading CVs.
Billing itself as the only real backpackers’ hostel in Puerto Vallarta for young souls with a budget looking for a good time, Oasis Hostel has been known to employ volunteer workers, aged 23 to 32 and with pertinent work experience, for a minimum of eight weeks. Breakfast, dorm bed, internet, laundry, and drinks are provided in exchange for six hours work a day, with the possibility of pocket money after eight weeks. In San Cristobal de las Casas, Iguana Hostel use Workaway for their volunteer recruitment needs.
Help Exchange Networks in Mexico
Volunteer Latin America – https://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/volunteer-abroad/mexico
Workaway – https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-MX.html
Hovos – https://www.hovos.com/host/North-America/Mexico/
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Mexico
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free Airbnb credit from us here.
Volunteering in Mexico: A Day With the Women of Teotitlan – Katie Boyer visits women’s groups near Oaxaca.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations
Image courtesy Reskiebak