Internship in Community Development

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founded in 1998
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High­lights

Opportunity to complete online courses endorsed by the University of Richmond in the United States
Learn Spanish
Become fully immersed in the Mexican community
Learning new skills and gaining experience needed for a career in social impact
See some incredible sites in your downtime
Travel to Mexico & gain skills needs for a career in social impact. Contribute to meaningful projects assisting underprivileged children with learning. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Travel to the old fishing port town of Puerto Morelos and work alongside an international team on community upliftment projects. 

Support local staff and partners such as Save the Children on efforts to improve the environment of learning in order to develop competent students. 

As an intern you could expect to get involved in teaching reading skills; educational games; tutoring and homework assistance as well as hosting health workshops to educate children on basic health & sanitation and also how to respond in emergency situations. 

New skills you will learn on this internship include but are not limited to teaching methodologies; managing of classrooms; fundraising practices for non profits and Spanish! 

You will be motivated to generate new solutions and propose new elements to improve contribution to community development initiatives within the community of Puerto Morelos.

Interns are required to complete weekly assignments and host leadership days. While on program, interns are supported by a dedicated mentor.

This internship includes three online courses which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States:

  • Community Development
  • Leadership Training
  • Career Development 

After successful completion of this internship, you will be offered two career coaching sessions as well as gain access to a job portal. 

Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Why not upgrade to a career internship.

The career upgrade offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by working with partner orginisations in multiple locations. This combination of having a virtual experience  on top of on the ground experience are qualities that are highly sought after by employers.  

Do you have an independent research topic to complete? Why not upgrade to an research internship.

Gain valuable experience and collect data for a dissertation or thesis. This program offers virtual check ins with a research supervisor who has extensive experience and credentials in this sector. As a research intern, your main focus will be collecting or analyzing data and writing a paper. 

JOB GUARANTEE: for both the Career & Research internship, we offer a job guarantee for those who join for a minimum of 6 months with a 50% cash back guarantee (terms and conditions apply).

Get in touch for more information!

Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners. 

Estimated Schedule:
  • 5 or 6am: Wake up call
  • 6 - 10 am: First Class
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm - 4pm: Second Class/Lesson Planning/ Hosting workshop
  • 6pm: Dinner 
  • 9pm: Bed Time
As an intern you will also receive weekly mentor sessions.

Free-time activities

By participating in this program, you are not only offered an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities. 

These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended: 
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Eco Adventure Parks
  • Diving & Snorkeling
  • Cenotes
  • Whale spotting 
  • Hiking & rock climbing
The possibilities are endless! 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (basic level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Medical Form and Passport Copy
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
If you aren't fluent in Spanish you will be required to purchase lessons when in country. All other training is provided online 8 weeks prior to program start through self paced training materials.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Final evaulation from your mentor
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Weekly assessments from your mentor
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Spanish lessons
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Cancun International Airport

Airport pick up is provided from Cancun International Airport within a specific time period. 

Accommodation

Puerto Morelos is the oldest port city in the Mexican Caribbean, our base is located on the beachfront about 5km from the town centre. 

Accommodation facilities are shared dormitories and can be considered basic.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is prepared by participants and while lunch and dinner is prepared by a local cook. Most dietary requirements can be catered for. 

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 Cancun International Airport (CUN) in Cancun. 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2021
  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021
  • 11 Dec 2021
  • 25 Dec 2021
2022
  • 08 Jan 2022
  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 05 Mar 2022
  • 19 Mar 2022
  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 14 May 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 09 Jul 2022
  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 06 Aug 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 03 Sep 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 01 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 26 Nov 2022
  • 10 Dec 2022 
  • 24 Dec 2022
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,194
5 weeks
$3,500
6 weeks
$3,869
7 weeks
$4,169
8 weeks
$4,544
9 weeks
$4,838
10 weeks
$5,219
11 weeks
$5,506
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,894
Average fees
$645 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Internship in Community Development

Travel to Mexico & gain skills needs for a career in social impact. Contribute to meaningful projects assisting underprivileged children with learning.

$516/week

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