Love Volunteers

Healthcare & Clinic Supporter

Oaxaca, Mexico show on map
Support local clinics by providing medical assistance and consultation as well as performing medical procedures yourself. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This wonderful project was created with the goal of supplying essential medical treatment to vulnerable residents in one of the poorest regions of Mexico. Set in one of the most beautiful inland cities in the mountains of Southern Mexico, the Healthcare Program provides a great opportunity for med-students, nurses, paramedics, and qualified medical practitioners to volunteer in local hospitals and clinics, both public and private, in and around the historic city of Oaxaca.

The level of direct involvement and patient care will be reflective of volunteer’s knowledge and training; however, any medical assistance will make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in society. Suitably trained and experienced volunteers will perform surgical procedures, fulfilling a huge need for this work in the region where there are insufficient numbers of medical staff. A variety of medical support is greatly needed with all volunteers being put to good use.  Volunteers knowledge, skills and abilities save lives on this program and make a truly positive impact for those who need it most.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free healthcare to the most disadvantaged in society
  • Improve the health and long term wellbeing of some of Mexico’s most impoverished people
  • Save lives and make a real difference to the people of the Oaxaca region
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Working closely with various clinics, volunteers who stay for more than one week will have the amazing opportunity to work in different clinical settings each week, gaining valuable experience in a short time. Some clinics are in downtown Oaxaca, however most are located a short distance from the city, providing a great chance to see more of the country and various cultures in this ethnically diverse region. It is in these diverse communities that volunteers will be making a huge difference, changing the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

Volunteers contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work in clinics to supply medical assistance to the most disadvantaged and culturally diverse people of Mexico
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Supply medical services to people in Oaxaca City and the surrounding areas
  • Perform medical procedures and consultations as appropriate to the volunteer’s skills and training

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast with host family

8:00am Walk or bus to project site

8:30am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES

Midday Lunch break

1:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES

4:00pm Debrief with project supervisor

4:30pm Walk or bus back to home stay

6:00pm Dinner with host family

Evenings Free time to relax or explore the sights and sounds of beautiful Oaxaca!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Oaxaca is a colorful, clean and vibrant city in the southern mountain area of Mexico, with a surprising amount of tourists, ex-pats, and volunteers on the streets. The city is big enough to have something for everyone, yet small enough to manage on foot. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from, including many with rooftop garden-bars to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the area.
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medicine, Med-School, Pre-Med Students at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Breakfast
  • Project placement & onsite supervisor
  • Registration Fee included
Airport Pickup at Xoxocotlan Airport

Upon your arrival in Oaxaca, you will collected at the airport (or bus station) by a member of your assigned host family and taken to your accommodation. Here you will be welcomed and settled into your new surroundings. 

On Monday morning you will make you way (a short walk) to the local team offices where will receive a full orientation. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your projects site where you will be introduced to the onsite project team and settled into your project work. Easy!

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Xoxocotlan International Airport, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico (Code: OAX)

For those who require extra nights, an additional fee of US$20 per night must be paid directly to your program coordinator on arrival in Mexico. Additional accommodation subject to availability. 

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Mexican families are renowned for their hospitality and love to learn more about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All families have been fully vetted by our local team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request (additional fees may apply). Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Host families are often happy to wash clothes for volunteers for a small fee to cover the additional electricity, though mostly volunteers will use a local laundromat. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A multitude of internet cafes are available throughout Oaxaca.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Host families will provide breakfast during the working week. Lunch is not included but can be purchased at a nearby café while at your project site. Volunteers are responsible for their own evening meals and all food during weekends – a wonderful opportunity to check out the huge variety of local and international restaurants, cafés and bistros in Oaxaca!
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 642
2 weeks
$ 872
3 weeks
$ 1,113
4 weeks
$ 1,343
5 weeks
$ 1,585
6 weeks
$ 1,826
7 weeks
$ 2,068
8 weeks
$ 2,309
9 weeks
$ 2,551
10 weeks
$ 2,792
11 weeks
$ 3,034
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,275
Average fees
$ 457 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Oaxaca/Mexico between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mexico.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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