Internship with GVI in Mexico
I have spent 6 months working as an intern in the community hub in Playa Del Carmen Mexico and I can’t tell you what a fantastic experience it has been. I have got to do and see so many things and I am truly grateful for the amazing experience I have had.
Mexico is an absolutely beautiful country if you have ever held even a remote fantasy about visiting you should absolutely do it!!! It is filled with such a vibrant culture the people are fantastic so welcoming and friendly. Every person you meet gives you a hug and a kiss on the cheek even if you have never met before. The food is fantastic, nothing like the Mexican food we have in Australia. So much better! And the country is beautiful. It is filled with so many things to see and do from the underground cenotes, to the beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife and wonderful historic ruins. And the weather is magnificent I have been home over a month now and I cannot tell you how much I miss the sunny Mexican weather.
The projects that they offer in Playa del Carmen are awesome. Every day of the six months that I was there I felt that I was doing something worthwhile whether it be helping the kids with their home work at the Ludoteca or building a giant cardboard tractor, so that the children in wheelchairs at the special needs school could participate in a Christmas play. Every day had something new and interesting to offer, which was fantastic to be a part of.
I have so many highlights from the time that I was able to spend in Mexico including participating in a 30km fundraising bike race the Tour de Tulum, or being a part of the day of the dead parade with the kids from the Ludoteca. But one of the things that I am most proud that I got to be involved in was the implementation of the Mexico Literacy Project Little learner Initiative at the Save the Children Ludotecas. This involved designing and implementing a new English program for the kids at the Ludoteca that revolved around a software program kindly donated by the Mexico Literacy Project. We used the software to introduce words and content to the kids and then supplemented it with games and activities. The kids at the Ludoteca often come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with not all of them even having the opportunity to go to school so it was heart-warming to see the great enjoyment they got from these English lessons. The software enabled us to create an English program with continuity when previously it had been a bit disjointed, and it was amazing to see the great effect this had. Even after a few lessons the kids were remembering more English words than ever before but most importantly they were having fun. They would ask us every day if English lessons were today and get really excited when they were. I really enjoyed delivering these English lessons ever week and I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to be involved.
GVI is a fantastic organisation to work with and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that made my experience truly one of the best of my life so far. I got to meet some fantastic people and have made friends that I will keep for life (I am already planning trips to go and visit all the friends that I have met). The staff that work with GVI are outstanding. They are so friendly and approachable and work incredible hard to ensure that every persons experience is positive and productive. The projects that I got to work with are all truly worthwhile and the people who run them so welcoming and dedicated. I have had an amazing six months working with GVI and I cannot recommend them more highly. If volunteering overseas is ever something you have thought about doing, do it!! You won’t regret it!
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