You’ve just finished another semester and are thinking about how you’re going to spend your time this coming summer.
Maybe you should take a trip? Or get a job? Or maybe you should do something a little different this summer – like volunteering abroad?
Volunteering abroad is going to give you lifetime memories and career building skills. So, maybe this summer you should go against the grain and checkout some summer volunteer programs in the sometimes-overlooked nation of Mexico.
Mexico is known for its proud and warm-hearted people. It is a combination of historic, modern, and industrious culture. The Mexican terrain is a biodiversity mecca that offers thousands of plant species to investigate and observe. Mexico is a land of ancient civilizations and full of existing landmarks from the past. It also neighbors with the United States – which is beneficial for those volunteers coming from the U.S. because it is an opportunity to save money on airplane tickets due to Mexico’s close proximity.
Spending your summer volunteering in Mexico is way to learn more about this interesting country and pleasant people. It is also a way to help. Mexico is diverse in nature, as is its social structure. There are wealthy people, and there are also many living in poverty. There are sharp contrasts between facilities, education, healthcare options, and other issues between the social classes. When you participate as a volunteer in Mexico, you may help even the odds, or at the very least light a spark in the community. Summer volunteering in Mexico is a way to get you out of your comfort zone into the perspectives of others. Because, Mexican people are generally warm-hearted and caring, your volunteer efforts will be received with kindness.
There are many summer volunteer programs in Mexico. Some of them concentrate on community education or teaching. As a volunteer in Mexico you could be teaching English, computer skills, or perhaps issues on sustainable development. Some other summer volunteer programs in Mexico include topics of environmental concerns. With an environmental project you could be in the thickets of Mexico’s diverse landscapes or perhaps in a setting that allows you to educate others about recycling and land management.
Mexico gets a bad-rap in the media for being unsafe and full of drug problems. While there are facts to a lot of that information, there is other news to share as well. The news worth sharing is that Mexico cherishes its visitors and volunteers from abroad and goes to great lengths to provide security. This country has far more to offer than shock-stories and sensationalism. Mexico is rich in nature and cultural roots. Within its expansive borders is a place of environmental wonderment, modern achievement, and historic tradition. Do something different this summer and try volunteering in Mexico…and practice your Spanish while you’re at it.
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Blake Sherman is a freelance writer and volunteer specialist. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To see other writings by Mr. Sherman visit his blog