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UBELONG

English Teacher in Local Schools

Volunteers work in local schools or community centers teaching English to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

While Mexico spends a larger part of its budget on education than other Latin American countries, student performance in places like Merida lags and does not reflect the investment. Particularly in schools in poor neighborhoods, overcrowding and poor teacher training remain significant hurdles. The Mexican system’s focus on rote learning instead of engagement also keeps many students from having the critical thinking and team skills necessary in today’s world. Volunteers bring energy and new perspectives. They allow for more individualized student attention, and help students who are falling behind keep up.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work four to six hours a day in a local school or a community center serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children range from 6 to18 years old. In the school, volunteers work alongside local teachers to create and deliver English lessons. They may be in front of the class presenting or they may work individually with children who are falling behind. As needed and depending on a volunteer’s Spanish speaking ability, opportunities may come up to help on other subjects, for example history, math and writing. Volunteers in the community center teach alone or with other volunteers, and they help children on reading, writing and listening. Volunteers are encouraged to bring new ideas, including different types of lesson plans and topics for group conversations.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Typical day

There is no typical day :-)

 Volunteering abroad is all about finding your role in local communities. Unlike a tourist, volunteers travel to serve instead of to be served.

Also, remember that you’re working in the developing world in very poor contexts—conditions are constantly changing. There is no script to follow and being adaptable is crucial. This is what makes international volunteering challenging and rewarding.

In general though, you’ll be working Monday through Friday. Weekends are off. Every project is different, so you want to read the detailed project descriptions.

Connecting with the locals and other volunteers is also a big part of the experience. You’ll have plenty of time after your work and on the weekends. Volunteers often check out tourist sites together, hang out in the evening, travel on the weekends, etc. It’s up to you, don’t worry you’ll have a lot of fun too :-)

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources.
Teaching experience and/or certifications are not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at UBELONG are happy to help you.

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
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?
The fees include: 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.
Airport Pickup at Rejon

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

Accommodation

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.

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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$900.00
5 weeks
$1,006.00
6 weeks
$1,112.00
7 weeks
$1,217.00
9 weeks
$1,429.00
11 weeks
$1,640.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,015.00
Average fees
$175.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Merida/Mexico between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. UBELONG 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 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

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Mexico. Please check the visa regulations for Mexico.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Mexico and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Mexico.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Mexico while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Merida, Merida, Mexico

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