Caring for disabled people

Volunteers work with mentally and physically disabled people in Merida.

For Mexico’s most vulnerable, especially poor children and the disabled, life remains a challenge. 

A lack of oversight and funding means many poor children and disabled people do not receive adequate care. Abuse and neglect are all too common in public centers, and while private institutions like religious organizations and NGOs help fill the need gap, they need more support. Volunteers bring energy, love and manpower to help local staff. They also bring new ideas that help shape how Merida’s poor children and disabled are viewed and treated. Volunteers live in Merida and work in centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. 

What do volunteers do? 

Volunteers work four to six hours a day in a center for people with disabilities. Most are young adults, but there are children as well. The young adults mostly come from poor backgrounds and some do not have a family. They depend on the center for therapy and stimulation, as well as for leading lives that are as normal as possible. Volunteers do different activities, including handicrafts, reading and sports. They may also have the opportunity to lead fun and educational workshops, for example about culture, history or theatre. Finally, as needed by the local staff, volunteers help on activities like feeding, cleaning up and fundraising for the center.

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Other Skills
A very caring and open attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Mexico? Volunteer World directly connects you with UBELONG

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Free-time activities

Merida is becoming recognized as one of Mexico’s most welcoming destinations. It is a great and safe place to explore and experience Yucatan culture. The Plaza Grande, which is lined by pretty colonial buildings, is bustling with activity and makes for a great place to stroll or just sit back and relax. Beautiful beaches off the Gulf of Mexico are easily reachable in 40 minutes by bus from downtown Merida, and there are watering holes and caves that are well worth a visit. The Celestun Mangroves, where pink flamingoes can be seen, is nearby, as well as Cancun, which is four hours away by bus. There are cultural activities across the area. Some of Mexico’s most impressive Mayan archaeological sites are close, including the famous Uxmal and Chichen Itza, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Finally, if you would would like to improve your Spanish while volunteering in Mexico with UBELONG, we can connect you with affordable and excellent Spanish classes once you arrive in Merida.

Water Sports


What's included?
The fees include:
Easy online application, Reservation Fee, Preparation Booklet, Briefing Meeting, First week extra R&R day, Housing, Food, Airport pick-up, UBELONG Mentor, Orientation, In-country support, Reference letter, Fundraising and networking and United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Not included: Airfare, Insurance and Airport drop off.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

When you arrive at the Merida airport, a driver meets you and brings you to your accommodations.


You live in a comfortable, fun and welcoming Volunteer House, which is part of a hostel in the center of Merida. It is only five blocks from the Plaza Grande, the bustling center of Merida. You share a room with other volunteers. Most bathrooms are communal. All rooms and bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Wireless internet is available free of charge. There is a great common area where you can cook, socialize or just relax in. There is also a pool that volunteers can enjoy.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Mexico, and the Yucatan in particular, is famous for its diverse and flavorful dishes that bring together Mexican, Mayan, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and European cuisines. Every day, you receive breakfast and lunch. A cook prepares a range of local dishes exclusively for the volunteers.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Merida/Mexico between 1 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. UBELONG will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 UBELONG during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Mexico

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Mexico. Please check the visa regulations for Mexico.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mexico.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Rejon (MID) in Merida. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Mexico upfront.
1630 R Street NW, Suite #5, 20009 USA Merida, Mexico