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Centro Infantil de los Ángeles

Child Care Assistant & Family Support

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Come to beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to care for children from low-income families. Your time can make a major difference in the lives of the kids we serve.

Volunteers are an integral part of our work at Centro Infantil de los Angeles. By donating your time, you can make a major difference in the lives of the children we serve. During your time volunteering with us, you will be placed in a classroom where you will assist the teacher with some of the following: Playing with children, Arts & Crafts activities, Leading story-time, Assisting with meals, Changing baby clothes, Brushing teeth after meals, and Assisting with field trips. 

Full-time volunteers at the daycare are requested to work Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm with a 2 hour break. At the kindergarten, the schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00am-1:00pm. We especially welcome individuals with a background in nursing, early childhood education, or with Spanish language skills. Casa de los Angeles, our volunteer accommodations, is conveniently located directly behind the daycare and offers rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a full-kitchen/dining room, laundry services, and a lounge.

 

Typical day

8.30am If it is your first day, meet in the volunteer house patio at 8.30am to walk with the volunteer coordinator to the daycare. Tour the daycare and meet the teacher you will be supporting.

9am Arrive in the daycare. Volunteers need to be in our classrooms ready to help with the preparation of the children for breakfast. Check the timetable to see if it is your turn to take the trays of breakfast to the classrooms. If it is your turn you need to go to the kitchen at 9.30am.

9:30am The children eat breakfast at about 9:30am. Once the children have received their food, you can go to the kitchen if you would like a plate. Then return to your classroom to assist the teacher with morning activities such as arts & crafts, dance classes, taking the children to the playground, or, if you are in one of the younger rooms, simply playing with the little ones.

11.30am-1.30pm During the day all of the children have a naptime. Each classroom has a slightly different time for napping and waking up so you can ask the teacher that you are working with what time you need to return to the classroom.

During this break, the volunteers have some free time. You can always check with the volunteer coordinator or with the kitchen to see if they need any extra help. Otherwise, you can rest, read, go for a walk etc…

1:30pm If it is your turn to take the trays of lunch to the classrooms, please go to the kitchen at 1.30pm. Once you have distributed the trays, you can go to the kitchen if you would like a plate. Volunteers will help the teachers get more food or drink if they need it for their rooms, clean up afterwards, and bring trays back down to the kitchen. 

3/3:30pm Children will be picked up between 3pm-4pm. Prior to pick-up the volunteers help the teachers clean up the classrooms and dress the children to go home. At this time you are welcome to finish your day and walk home or to the jardín or do whatever your plans are. Some children do stay later and you are welcome to stay back with them if would like however there is no obligation.

Free time Volunteers have free time during weekday afternoons as well as the weekend. During this time, volunteers are free to explore San Miguel de Allende, relax at the volunteer house, or travel to nearby sights such as historic Guanajuato or nearby hot springs. 

Details on Arrival

Volunteers are welcome to join the program year round with the exception of the two weeks around Christmas & New Years and the week before Easter when the daycare is closed. Volunteer dates must be confirmed with the Volunteer Coordinator at least a week prior to start date.

Rooms in the volunteer house are subject to availability. The earlier a volunteer confirms the more likely it is that there will be space. Arrival and departure information should also be discussed with the Volunteer Coordinator so they can meet you at the house. 

Free-time activities

San Miguel de Allende is located in the heart of Mexico. In their free time, volunteers often explore the colonial streets, the artisan market and the cultural spaces and museums. San Miguel celebrates many Mexican traditions and almost every weekend there is another parade, dance or event to attend. Other popular activities in San Miguel include quad bike tours, ranch tours, horse riding trips, swimming at the hot springs etc. Volunteers can take weekend trips to nearby cities (such as Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Mexico City).

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Enthusiasm, willingness to learn Spanish, positive, hardworking, childcare experience, enjoy children
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 03:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Centro Infantil de los Ángeles are happy to help you.

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We ask for a USD$35 application donation to reserve your volunteer position.

Accommodation

The volunteer house or "Casa de los Angeles" is located directly behind the daycare. All volunteers are required to stay in the volunteer house for the duration of their time volunteering. Rooms in the house are shared with a private bathroom in each room. Linens, towels, kitchen ware, laundry machines, WIFI, and weekday cleaning services are included. Breakfast and lunch is provided at the daycare Monday-Friday. 

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

We include non-vegetarian breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday for all of our volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to eat the wonderful, home-cooked Mexican that we serve in the day care centre.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Guanajuato International Airport (BJX) in Leon/Guanajuato. 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$585.00
8 weeks
$955.00
16 weeks
$1,875.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5,785.00
Average fees
$131.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Miguel de Allende/Mexico between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Centro Infantil de los Ángeles will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Centro Infantil de los Ángeles during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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