Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteer in Mexico with GVI and give back to the under-developed communities and endemic local wildlife, while exploring the only country in the world whose cuisine has been given UNESCO World Heritage status!
Whether you are partaking in an internship, on your career break, gap year or summer holiday, you can be assured that your time on project will be worthwhile and make a long-term, sustainable difference to the lives and futures of community members.

Choose from a range of exciting volunteering options such as:

 

  • Assisting local veterinarians on a variety of animal care projects
  • Contributing towards the conservation of endangered sea turtles
  • Earning your PADI Divemaster while contributing to valuable marine conservation initiatives or,
  • Spending time further inland on critical childcare and teaching projects.

 

Check out our exciting and insightful blog article about 7 Ways To Be A More Responsible Diver!

 

OUR PROGRAMS IN Mexico

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Marine Conservation

Under 18’s Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Experience in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Spend your spring break volunteer trip exploring Mexico’s underwater environment and learning about vital conservation issues, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture!

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,350.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 metres of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Marine Conservation

Mexico Marine Conservation Short Term Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Start your career the right way: with an adventure! Located in the stunning Yucatan Peninsula, enter the marine conservation industry by gaining valuable first-hand experience and contributing to the largest

Program Type

Internship

Duration

6 - 24 weeks

Price from

£2,045.00

"The experience I gained during my time training with GVI has allowed me to go on to work within the conservational research field. This has been a stepping stone into a career in conservation that I would not have had access to without the GVI Internship program."

- Heather Gilbert - Canada
Marine Conservation

Under 18's Mexico Marine Conservation Awareness

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Learn about issues facing marine conservation and earn your PADI Open Water qualification in Mexico's pristine Yucatan Peninsula

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

£1,695.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 metres of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Marine Conservation

PADI Instructor Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Dive Academy
A comprehensive, well-rounded training programme, taking a PADI Open Water diver to being a highly qualified and specialised PADI IDC and MSDT instructor with our extensive marine conservation expedition.

Program Type

Internship

Duration

30 weeks

Price from

£8,100.00

"I only knew what I wanted to do as a recent graduate from a B.s in Biology, but I didn’t know how to get there. Then GVI’s Mexico Marine Expeditions came along. They not only gave me training, but a whole new experience and expertise in marine science work; and lots of good friends from around the world. Because of my GVI experience, I was able to get a paid job in a marine protected area, doing what I love the most, diving and helping protect the ocean. After a year I became the biological and reef monitoring coordinator in an NGO, turning a dream into reality."

- Lluvia Soto Jiménez - Mexico
Marine Conservation

Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Program in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Do more with your spring break this year. Travel to the Caribbean and immerse yourself within the world of marine conservation, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and spend time

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,250.00

"Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world."

- Doug Coughran - USA
Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Community Development Short Term Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Help vulnerable children learn and develop when you intern at a Save the Children centre and further your career ambitions in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Program Type

Internship

Duration

6 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,845.00

"I feel this GVI internship for me personally, has created new paths and opportunities for my future more than developing myself to be more employable.  In this time, I’ve been able to practice my people skills as often as I breathe; improving my communication skills and making connections with people daily.

Working closely with the field staff member, I am able to observe, step by step, the different ways of managing, supervising and solving problems. After my Leadership Course and work placement, I have been able to employ my own ways and practice what I have learnt.

I would recommend this internship it as it did develop me professionally and personally. . I have been able to work closely with people who I feel have opened my eyes and inspire me to be better. I have had the opportunity to become a difference in the lives of people who I would have never had met if it weren’t for this program"

- Christy Chandra - Australia
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you contribute to marine conservation projects in Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,795.00

"Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world."

- Doug Coughran - USA
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Volunteer on Childcare Projects in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Discover Mexico and volunteer at a children's centre run by Save the Children. Work to provide a safe environment for the children to learn and play

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"Leaving the project – even after this short time – I find I’m connected and I’m sad to say goodbye to a place where I felt more than welcome."

- Gesa Glanz - Denmark
Marine Conservation

Under 18's Marine Conservation & PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Get your PADI Advanced Open Water qualification, become aware of issues facing the fragile eco-systems and discover the exciting career path of marine conservation in an action-packed adventure!

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

£1,695.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 metres of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£5,100.00

"After an incredible three months of living and working at Pez Maya. I have chosen to undertake my Divemaster course in the small fishing village of Xcalak, which is located far down south of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Belize/Mexico border. XTC dive center is blessed with outstanding diving. In one day I was lucky enough to see two nurse sharks, two porcupine fish, moray eels, four rays including eagle rays, turtles, manatees and an abundance of other fish species and healthy corals, not at all unusual for a day’s diving in Xcalak!"

- Clare James - United Kingdom
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