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Projects Abroad in Mexico

Mexico, Projects Abroad in Mexico - La Minerva

After a trip totalling around 12 hours, usually via the USA, you will land at the modest airport at Guadalajara. After checking through customs you will walk down a narrow walkway to the small arrivals lounge. Here, one of our Mexico team will greet you with a Projects Abroad sign. Most flights from the UK arrive at around 11pm, so our staff will take you to stay overnight at the office flat, which is in a large traditional Mexican house in the city centre.

After a good night's sleep, and some breakfast, Jonatan or Daniel from our Mexico office will take you on a tour of the city. During your walk you will see the museum, bank, post office and numerous Internet cafes. You'll learn how to use the buses and the tube, and find out where other volunteers spend their free time. Guadalajara is a modern city, so you will be able to get hold of most things you may need.

"My family were absolutely wonderful and I had a fantastic time with them. They were very kind and took me to loads of places and made me feel really welcome."
Elizabeth Allison, Teaching in Mexico

Guadalajara

If you are taking part in a placement in Guadalajara, you will be taken to your host-family during your first full day in Mexico and left to settle in. The next day you will be introduced to your placement.

Host-families are a really good part of staying in Mexico. They are well-established and understand how Projects Abroad works. Mexicans are usually very family-oriented, so you are bound to be part of some large family gatherings, as well as having all the social life you'd want with volunteers and locals. Houses are middle class with reasonable facilities - some are grander than others, but all offer a comfortable room and bed and a friendly face when you come home.

"The opportunity to work with Mexicans in an entirely Spanish-speaking environment gave me so much more of an insight into their culture than if I'd just been travelling."
Julia Banwell, Journalism in Mexico

For living in Guadalajara, volunteers should try to learn a little Spanish before they go. This is because the families speak limited English, and really appreciate it if volunteers make this effort. If you want to become even more proficient, we can help with a basic Spanish course delivered one-to-one at your family's home.

"The social life was amazing. As well as the parties organised by or for Projects Abroad , the night life and clubs in Guadalajara are fantastic."
Daisy Andrewes, Teaching in Mexico

Guadalajara was founded in 1542 and is Mexico's second city. It is full of historic buildings, but is also a fast developing metropolis, which promises some great nights out. "La Tavola" and "La Fuenta" are popular bars - often with live music, whilst clubs such as "La Marcha" and "Charros & Charros" are always busy. The town of Tequila is only 58 km from Guadalajara. The home of the infamous spirit, here you can sample over twenty different types.

Conservation

Mexico, Projects Abroad in Mexico - Hatchling at Tecoman Turtle Camp

If you are taking part in our turtle conservation project, you will stay in Guadalajara at the office for a day or two. You will have the chance to explore Guadalajara, and get to know some of the other volunteers. You will then catch an air-conditioned coach to Tecoman, accompanied by Daniel or Marco from our office. Our Turtle Camp staff will meet you here and take you to your new home - the beach!

Accommodation at the turtle camp is basic and adventurous - but you will have everything you need during your conservation experience! There's a kitchen, flushing toilets and showers, and lots of modern tents - one of which will be your home during your placement.

All volunteers on Teaching, Care & Community, Medicine, Journalism, Animal Care or Spanish placements in Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement.


 
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