Live in the lively coastal city of Playa del Carmen in Mexico and intern at a children’s centre run by Save the Children, with a focus on your teaching techniques, lesson planning and classroom management, while at the same time, providing a safe and nurturing environment in which at-risk children can learn and play, away from issues such as drugs, neglect and abuse, which are prevalent in the region.
Responsibilities are extremely varied on this childcare project. Together with your dedicated mentor, you can expect to be involved in the overall running of the centre, developing and leading activities for the children and other volunteers and assisting with the management of shorter-term volunteers, as well as helping children with their homework or playing games with them - an invaluable combination of practical, guided learning for your career.
All internships are geared at developing your leadership and role model skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.
If you don’t speak Spanish, don't worry! An internship is the ideal opportunity to learn a new language and work with children at the same time. Speak to your coordinator about arranging Spanish lessons, which will fully prepare you for life on the project. If you opt to stay more than 8 weeks, you have an option of doing extra Spanish lessons, please speak to your Country Expert for more information. Speaking an additional language is also a great career booster!
Living and completing an internship in the Caribbean; contributing to diminishing child violence and abuse; supporting disadvantaged children; supporting the Save the Children fundraising campaign; living with volunteers from all over the world; immersing yourself Mexican culture; exploring the beaches, jungles and cenotes of the incredible Yucatan peninsula and walking away with certifications and professional references!
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Mexico or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Teaching positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies. Qualification for possible positions is at the sole discretion of GVI.
This project has helped by motivating me to learn as I was around the children and people of the community who I wanted to communicate with. At the <span id="128e4476-13b8-483b-8f66-b13ea8d4969b" class="GINGER_SOFTWARE_mark">end I</span> was forcing myself, very happily I might add, just so I can get to know these wonderful people better.