You love tacos spiced up with the Mexican sauce, right? – Good enough a reason to travel to Mexico!
Well, no kidding! This huge country encompasses epic landscapes from Northern deserts and snowy peaks of the Central Sierra, to the Jungle highlands of Southern Chiapas and the beaches of the Yucatán Peninsula. As spicy as salsa, intoxicating as tequila, and as surreal as all Frida Kahlo canvases, Mexico is gonna be a treat to your senses, energize your intellect and satisfy your soul.
If you’ve been planning to head off to explore this breathtaking country and indulge in doing something meaningful – then now is the time to pack your bags and get started!
Here are some of the best reasons why you should start planning your volunteering trip to Mexico and set out for the craziest adventure of your life!
It’s always good to be a responsible traveler than just a tourist! As you embark on your volunteering trip to Mexico, you’ll get to work closely with the local people and make some impact in their lives. No matter whether you choose to spend your days with the little ones while Teaching English or get your hands dirty while working for Urban Gardening – you’ll definitely get to learn something incredible and contribute towards the lives of the underprivileged Mexicans. Volunteering abroad is a beautiful and life-changing experience, but it can only help you if you embrace it. By the end of your volunteering in Mexico, you will see that you’ve gained more than you gave.
That’s the best part of a volunteering trip abroad – you get to learn a new language and gain certain skills that can help you immensely in the long run. With over 500 million speakers, Spanish is the world’s third most common language, and it’s widely spoken in Mexico too. Since you’ll be working with a bunch of people from different parts of the world, there will be ample scope for peer learning as well. You’ll get to share your ideas while at work, and together, you’ll get to feel the happiness of doing something incredibly meaningful for the underprivileged ones living in Mexico.
With more than 6,000 miles of pristine coastline, Mexico is surely a paradise for beach-lovers! Near the top of the list is most certainly the palm-fringed stretch of Tulum’s Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach), then there’s the beach at the charming colonial town of Sabancuy in the seemingly untouched Campeche region, and the golden expanse and rolling waves of bohemian Zipolite in Oaxaca. Make the most of your weekends with your fellow mates, swimming in turquoise Caribbean waters, followed by evenings enjoying drinks in cocktail bars and dining at the best beach-side shacks!
Being a foodie, I’m always looking forward to trying the variety of cuisines whenever I’m traveling – and when in Mexico, you’re tastebuds are gonna roll. There’s something amazing about Mexican cuisine – be it the spices or the complex flavors! Mouthwatering tacos, quesadillas, tamales, and enchiladas are the most popular picks, available at the many local taquerías. Here, street-food culture reigns supreme, bringing vibrant, spicy dishes to the masses on a daily basis. Take a look at the Quintessential Mexican Food Guide and make sure not to miss out on anything!
If you’ve been thinking that Mexico is all about beaches, then it’s time to fix your thoughts! There are gorgeous sights that are as alluring as the majestic Popocatépetl Volcano in Puebla. Mexico is also home to several mountains that are open for hiking – the Sierra Madre Mountains, comprised of smaller scale ranges, are a popular destination for travelers looking to explore the rugged side of Mexico. So for all those who are more keen to go for a hike rather than chilling by the beaches – you can simply plan your weekends accordingly, and head off to explore El Popo!
Mexico is a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it a fascinating destination for history buffs, culture vultures and nature lovers alike! Excited much? Well, you’d be fascinated to know that 10 Mexican cities are considered World Heritage Cities, including Campeche, Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Puebla. The holy city of Teotihuacan which is known as the ‘Place of the Gods, that was built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, is loaded with sacred sites and ancient relics dating back to some of the earliest civilizations on record. Chichén Itzá is one of the most celebrated sites. Ancient Mayan relics are at every turn, covering more than two square miles of land. That’s just a glimpse of what this country has in store – and once you’re there, you’ll surely discover more!
Before going into the details, let me tell you that 1 Pound sterling equals 24.50 Mexican Peso (1 USD = 19 Mexican Peso). So when you’re in Mexico, you can surely give yourself some treat and spend a bit on shopping! You can hop along Merida and find lots of small Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) tableaux, tinwork, and figurines of every sort, from ceramics to toy soldiers. They’d be really good as souvenirs for your friends and family back home! You can also pick up guayaberas (embroidered dress shirts) and huipiles (traditional blouses and dresses) for yourself. Ask your country coordinator to suggest you the best shopping places.
You must have heard of this festival – ‘Day of the Dead’! Knocks right after Halloween, this the time when the Mexicans come together to remember cherished relatives who have passed away. It’s one of the most unique festivals and if you’re there in the month of November, you gotta be a part of this! Other than that, there are innumerable festivals that take place at different times of the year. The month of February brings in some bursting colors, accompanied by drinks, treats, dancing, and more, as the people celebrate Carnival in Veracruz & Mazatlán. In the month of April, one week of celebration before Easter, most commonly known as Holy Week, Semana Santa is a fun-filled festival. And of course, Las Posadas is another beautiful festival that marks the onset of Christmas!
We’ve all read about the Mayan Civilization in our history books. This ancient group of indigenous people from Central America has continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico. What can be a better way to know more about them, other than traveling to their land and spending some time there? Today, the remnants of the thriving past still exist in a land where ruins abound and mystical stories still influence the current belief. Being a volunteer in Mexico, you’ll get ample scope to mingle with the locals, listen to the tales of their ancestors, know about their culture and traditions, etc. To say the least, it’ll be the most amazing opportunity for you to explore a culture that’s nearly confined to this particular part of the world.’
Last, but not the least! This is what I absolutely love about a volunteer trip – the fact that you get to meet some interesting people, from different parts of the world. You get to stay together, work together, travel together and enjoy it! It’s actually incredible to find such like-minded people in a faraway land and bond with them while volunteering for a similar cause.
So if you’ve been procrastinating all these days, then now is the time that you should get up and start planning for your Mexico trip in 2021! In case you wish to know more about the volunteering opportunities in Mexico, you can simply write to us at [email protected] and our Travel Experts will get back to you!
Riyanka is a traveler who is keen on exploring different parts of the world. She’s a travel blogger who’s equally passionate about photography. Her quest is to turn all her journeys into beautiful stories. Being a die-hard ‘mountain-aholic‘, her favorite destinations are all around the Himalayas! She can spend days gazing at the snow-capped mountains, binge on Maggi and lemon-honey-ginger tea, and reading Ruskin Bond books.
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