Travel to the lively resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, situated on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and spend time assisting a unique program designed for special needs children. You will be assisting children and young people with special needs with their different therapies and activities, learning about horse therapy, as well as music and physical therapy.
Participating on this project, you will play a key role by helping empower children with special needs. Ranging from the delivery of basic to advanced education and teaching basic-life skills, you will help with the integration of people with special needs in day to day activities.
If you do not speak Spanish, not to worry, this program provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn a new language and work with children at the same time. Please note, unless already fluent, you will be required to take 20 hours of Spanish lessons. If you opt for staying longer than 8 weeks, you have an option of doing an extra 80 or 120 hours of Spanish lesson, please contact us for more information.
Highlights Include… Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise; experience a different and fascinating country, culture and way of life; support disadvantaged children; feel safe in the knowledge you will be making a serious and measurable impact in the community; live with volunteers from all over the world; immerse yourself in the Mexican culture; exploring the beaches, jungles and cenotes of the incredible Yucatan peninsula.
Expect costs around $950 USD/wk for the first 2 weeks, which help cover the following expenses:
Pre-departure support ; 24-hour emergency phone ; Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated) ; Arrival orientation ; Long term experienced staff ; Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared) ; All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals) ; Welcome social ; Location orientation ; All necessary project training by experienced staff ; All necessary project equipment and materials ; 24-hour in-country support; *weekly cost depends on duration, please see website for full pricing details*
What to Expect?
Your initial days on the project will be taken up with some basic training prior to carrying out any activities with the children. Depending on the duration of your stay, you will be working around five hours a day Monday to Saturday, assisting the staff of the horse therapy center in echinotherapy a couple of times a week, as well as physical and musical therapy in different venues around Playa del Carmen. The rest of the day will be spent preparing the following day’s activities, preparing resources, taking Spanish lessons or enjoying a well-deserved break if all the above has been completed!
Typical daily tasks can include entertaining and playing with the children; preparing and cleaning the school; assisting local staff prepare teaching material and resources; teaching basic education concepts to some of the children; assisting in musical and physical therapy; and, preparing and walking the horses. If you have the required skills and you are staying for a longer duration (minimum 8 weeks), you will also learn how to conduct horse and physical therapy. Working with children can be physically and emotionally demanding, however it is very rewarding and the project achieves a good balance between volunteer work activities and downtime.
Days off are free for you to explore and enjoy all the amazing sights that the Riviera Maya has to offer, such as visiting Tulum, Coba or Chichen Itza ruins, swimming in cenotes, or just relaxing on the white sands beaches of Playa del Carmen.
Field Conditions & Accommodation Upgrades
Your accommodation will be in a house or apartment, shared room and bathrooms with access to hot running water and electricity. If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information.
- Program ID: # 2476
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Yucatan Peninsula Playa del CarmenMexico20° 36' 6.9696" N, 87° 9' 55.8972" WMX
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Cancun (CUN)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Women's & Youth Programs
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