Misión México provides a loving, secure home for children of all ages who have been abused, neglected, orphaned or abandoned. The number of children in our care changes constantly, but on average we care for between 20 - 30 children on a permanent basis. Volunteers are needed all year round at Misión México and people from all over the world come to donate their time to us.
During the current period of uncertainty in the world, and restrictions on travel, we are taking additional measures to ensure that all our children and staff remain safe and unexposed to COVID-19. We are therefore asking any new volunteers to self quarantine once they arrive in Tapachula, and before they come into contact with our children and staff.
Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications to volunteer in our refuge. However, volunteers interested in helping must have a love for children and a willingness to share their time and compassion with patience and flexibility. Being able to work as part of a team is important as there are likely to be other volunteers assisting at the same time. Lots of energy, enthusiasm and creativity are needed at all times to encourage the children’s learning and development! Please be aware that the days are hot, long and tiring but very rewarding. The children are full of beans and desire love and attention at all times.
Every day at Mision Mexico is different but generally volunteers are involved in:
Supervising our children throughout the day
Assisting with the daily running of the refuge (wake up, bedtimes, chore supervision, etc.)
Assisting with health and hygiene needs for our younger children
Organizing creative activities such as arts and crafts, music and cooking
Organizing educational games and activities
Organizing sports activities and exercise, such as soccer, dance, basketball, yoga
Assisting with homework
Assisting with outings
We need people who are loving but can also discipline our children. Our children come to us from a history of abuse, neglect and poverty. Part of their education with us is not only going to school, but also learning how to be respectful, look after their things and learn to live with others as a family. We cover every day from 6:15am until 9:30pm (split into no more than eight hour shifts). Volunteers are expected to work either a morning shift or an afternoon shift and will have at least one full day off every week to rest.
At times, there may be other volunteering opportunities at the refuge such as building, landscaping, painting, cooking or office administration. If you have experience in these areas, or believe you can contribute in some other way and would like to know more about opportunities to assist with these during your visit, please let us know.
Knowledge of the Spanish language is particularly helpful as is experience in working with children. However, we use English as our main language of communication.
Misión México provides a loving, secure home for children of all ages who have been abused, neglected, orphaned or abandoned. The number of children in our care changes constantly, but on average we care for between 20 - 30 children on a permanent…
You will need to complete a volunteer application form, provide 2 references, a copy of your passport, and a police check and working with children check in order to volunteer. The only fee involved is a one off payment of $4000 Mexican Pesos. A minimum of 8 weeks volunteering is required.
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