HIV/AIDS Volunteer Projects in Mexico
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Guadalajara
- ROLE: To help educate local people about HIV/AIDS, create awareness in the community, assist with fundraising, and support programme development.
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: NGO
- ACCOMODATION: Host family
- PRICE: From
- WHAT’S INCLUDED? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
In Mexico, people with HIV and AIDS are severely stigmatised and the situation is becoming critical. The country has the second largest number of people with the virus in Latin America, local healthcare systems lack the capacity to cope with the growing number of patients, and fewer people are going through the process of getting tested and receiving treatment because of discrimination. By volunteering with Projects Abroad on the HIV/AIDS Project in Mexico, you can help support these people and raise awareness of the disease, a vital aspect of alleviating the national pandemic.
Volunteering on this project will be an eye-opening and challenging experience; not only will you learn about the social stigma attached to the virus, you will witness the impact that it has on the local communities and those living with HIV/AIDS firsthand. Every volunteer looking to contribute will have a valuable role to play at this project, including university students, those on a gap year, recent graduates, and career breakers.
HIV/AIDS Volunteer Work in Mexico
All volunteers work in Guadalajara with a local NGO whose focus is on fundraising, education, and programme development. The main focus of the project is to offer support for those infected with HIV/AIDS and provide ways on how to correctly manage their illness. Our volunteers will also help to identify programmes and resources that are available for people affected by the virus.
An important part of the HIV/AIDS Project will be to raise awareness and educate the local communities about the spread and prevention of HIV/AIDS through outreach work, research, and education projects. This includes initiatives like workshops and practical demonstrations on safe condom use. Education is an integral part of the NGO’s work, with the idea that understanding HIV/AIDS is the first step toward preventing it.
Each volunteer who joins the project will receive training that is specific to the current HIV/AIDS pandemic in Mexico. Beyond this training, you will enhance your own knowledge of the illness and gain new skills. The work you will do here is invaluable, and will contribute to the national efforts in combating the pandemic.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.