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Looking for the world's largest range of affordable volunteer abroad programs? Volunteer Inn Mexico has an affordable volunteering opportunity that's right for you!

1 week $358.00
2 weeks $538.00
3 weeks $718.00
4 weeks $874.00
5 weeks $994.00
6 weeks $1114.00
8 weeks $1354.00

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Please note: A one time registration fee of $300 USD is required and also an additional 5% banking fee applies for international payments.

Fees depend on the amount of time that a volunteer chooses to stay in a program. A registration fee of $335 USD is required for all volunteers. Half of this deposit is donated to the volunteer’s placements. The other half is used for administration expenses and promotion, to ensure each volunteer has the best possible experience. Additional 5% banking fee applies for international payments.

1 week Spanish lesson $225.00
2 weeks Spanish lesson $365.00
3 weeks Spanish lesson $718.00
Additional week after 3 weeks + US$15.00

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Please note: A one time registration fee of $300 USD is required and also an additional 5% banking fee applies for international payments.

Spanish language courses are available for all volunteers at all levels. Volunteer Inn recommends these courses for all volunteers, if you do not speak any Spanish, a survival Spanish course will be of great help for you, if you are at the elementary, beginners, or intermediate levels, classes will enhance your experience and volunteer work during your immersion in Mexico. Language courses can be organized prior to your arrival in Mexico or can be arranged during your program orientation. Spanish classes are tailored to suit your current level of Spanish. We have a special cost for Volunteer Inn volunteers and it includes 15 hours per week (3 hrs / day ) morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Inn Mexico Abroad Programs.

The purpose of volunteering is simple—its purpose is to benefit another person, group, or organization with no intention of economic gain. However, volunteering is dualistic in its nature. Not only does volunteering benefit another, volunteering benefits the volunteer. Volunteering outside of one’s own country—outside of one’s own comfort zone—has enumerable benefits for the volunteer. Exposure to another culture teaches compassion and appreciation for differences ways. And, most important a volunteer experience outside of one’s normal routine increase self-confidence. Future employers like international volunteer experience for this reason.

While the Yucatán Peninsula—the city of Mérida, as well as Bacalar village—are known for their safety, they are known in Mexico as one of the most economically depressed areas. Funds are lacking in education and other social welfare programs. On the other hand, there are privatized services—such as hospitals and bus services—available. This makes the Yucatán Peninsula a excellent choice for volunteering.

"Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it." -- Unknown
While Volunteer Inn strives to make volunteering as economical as possible, the organizations we benefit need volunteer help precisely because of lack of economic resources to pay employees. Your program fee covers exactly what these organization would be unable to fund for you—airport pickup, orientation, housing, meals and a support staff dedicated to overseeing all the details of your volunteer experience. In addition, Volunteer Inn uses a part of application fees to make periodic donations to our volunteer placements. This, along with a continual stream of volunteer help, allows us to continue work with volunteer placements over a period of months and years, not just a few weeks. The impact of this continued support has far-reaching benefits of the placements.
Yes, yes, and yes! Volunteer Inn accepts groups from companies, schools, churches, and families of any number—from two to twenty or more. It is important to include all information during the application process to ensure all group/family members are placed on the same volunteer project as well as in the same housing situation. Keep in mind that the more details arranged before departure, the better. As Volunteer Inn works directly with the Institute of Modern Spanish, groups can also arrange Spanish classes or any tours or excursions around the Yucatán prior to their arrival. Groups of ten or more should email before application to ask for more specific details and a sample itinerary.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer as an individual. Volunteers under the age of 18 can participate with another volunteer (parent, guardian, or other family member) 18 years or older. Please indicate the guardian status on your application form.

There is no upper age limit, but please keep in mind that some volunteer projects require more physical abilities than others. Volunteers—both young and old—should be in reasonably good health. Any questions regarding specific age or health concerns, please contact Volunteer Inn directly.

While every placement is different—some have restrictions on number of volunteers, while others can accept several at a time. In any case, group orientation and weekly follow-up meetings assure that all volunteers will meet one another--regardless of their placement and housing selection (in the dormitory housing or in the home of a host family). Generally speaking there are between 10 and 30 volunteers any given week of the year. Infrequently a volunteer will volunteer alone; however, if a volunteer does wish to be on a placement where he or she can work individually, we can work to accommodate this request.

Volunteer Inn is exactly that—an inn. Volunteer Inn housing is dormitory style with between two and six volunteers per room. Bathrooms are shared. The rooms and bathrooms are comfortable, but basic. The volunteer housing has wifi.

Breakfast is continental with do-it-yourself toast, eggs, cereal, and fruit. Lunch—the main meal of the day-- is dependent on each volunteer placement. Most volunteers eat lunch in or nearby their volunteer placement. Dinner is served at the volunteer housing accommodations—usually buffet style.

In order to maintain a quality program, the volunteer housing—as well as each homestay host family—has specific rules and regulations. Volunteers will be informed of these during orientation. It is important that everyone is aware of this in order for everyone to have the best, most comfortable housing possible.

Volunteer Inn requires volunteers to turn in a criminal background check during orientation. The procedure for obtaining this varies widely from country to country around the world. Each volunteer is responsible for investing online and/or with local police department to learn the most efficient manner to process the criminal background check.
In addition to a criminal background check, Volunteer Inn requires that volunteers acquire travel insurance that covers them during travel to and from Mexico as well as during their stay abroad. Major airlines offer travel insurance upon purchase of your air travel tickets; however, for those who wish to compare prices—perhaps find a lower cost—there are several options underwritten by major insurance companies such as Allianz that offer competitive rates.
While we rarely have to turn volunteers away due to program saturation, at times housing options or specific placements will become full. All options—especially special request—are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. Therefore, it is better to apply/register sooner rather than later. Please remember that your application is only processed once the application fee has been paid. Generally speaking, volunteers who apply/register with greater anticipation feel better prepared and have a more satisfying experience. There is no deadline—but it’s better to apply/register as soon as you decide to volunteer.
All orientation information will be provided in English. It is important that all volunteers are fluent in English. We ask for your résumé not because there is a chance that you will not qualify, but in order to match you to your best possible placement. The saying—where there is a will, there is a way—holds true. Volunteers have a more successful experience if their particular set of skills is sufficient for their placement. We also require that volunteers provide us with a criminal background check.
We receive volunteers whose Spanish language skills range from non-existent to native fluency. We have volunteer placements for everyone. In the case you wish to work on a placement where Spanish language skills are recommended, we will place you with another volunteer who does have sufficient fluency. Providing us with a frank evaluation of your language skills will make your placement selection easier. Remember that Spanish language classes are available. Volunteer Inns parent project—the Institute of Modern Spanish—has served thousands of Spanish students and hundreds of volunteers who have taken Spanish classes. Volunteer Inn volunteers have discounted rates as well as preferences for selecting a time slot for Spanish classes that work well around volunteer work. Usually, the schedule is volunteer hours in the mornings until 1:00 PM and a two-hour lunch break followed by two to three hours of Spanish classes.
Volunteer Inn uses a portion of your application fee to make periodic donations to several of our volunteer placements. However, many volunteers feel they are financially able to make a larger individual donation. In this case, the Volunteer Inn Mexico staff will work with the volunteer and the placement to determine their needs. In this manner, the volunteer will be able to see the direct impact of his/her donation. For example, volunteers have donated directly to their placements basketball hoops, guitars, non-perishable food items, soccer shoes, paint, first aid kits, cleaning supplies and more.
Volunteer Inn will provide each volunteer with a certificate of completion. Any other paperwork—such as forms for school credit, letters of reference, etc—will be completed upon request.
The United Stated Center for Disease Control has the following vaccination recommendations for travel to Mexico: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Further information is available at this website:
Yes! Full day tours of the Mayan ruins—including one of the New Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá,-- are available at an additional cost any Saturday or Sunday during your volunteer program. Shorter afternoon excursions to nearby cenotes (sink holes), small Mayan villages, or the beach (gulf coast) are also available. Volunteers frequently organize overnight trips to further away destinations (from our Mérida location) such as Tulum, Bacalar, Playa del Carmen, and others.