Social Work Internship in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman
- Role: Interns will be supporting and observing the local children and providing them with appropriate care and treatment
- Requirements: Be in the process of studying towards a social work qualification at university and have an intermediate understanding of Spanish
- Type of placement: Care centres for disabled children, kindergartens, rehabilitation centre for street children, orphanages
- Accommodation: Host families
- 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
Mexico is a country poised between the developed and developing world. While parts of the country enjoy excellent infrastructure, many communities struggle to access even basic services and government support, and children in particular often suffer the most as a result. There is a strong need for help, specifically at care centres for disabled children and at a rehabilitation centre for street children.
At the Projects Abroad Social Work internship, you will work under the supervision of a registered and qualified professional. Your responsibilities will include assessing children’s development and providing support in critical areas. The children you will work with come from difficult backgrounds and have very few adults in their lives that they can rely on. Working with them will be challenging, but seeing their progress and enhancing your own skills will be a rewarding experience.
Your role on a Social Work Internship in Mexico
Assist local staff by sharing the many skills and techniques you have learned through your studies. You can work on tasks such as:
- Playing and interacting with the children during their free time
- Running dance, music, sport, or English workshops
- Teaching life skills and basic reading and writing to the young children at the placements
- Assisting with the feeding of disabled and special needs children
- Observing the children and providing accurate measures for treatment
- Teaching the children about good oral hygiene
- Helping street children readjust to society and assist with their rehabilitation
- Encouraging the children and boosting their self-confidence
Social Work Interns will complete a regular working week from Monday to Friday, working around six hours a day. This may involve working with more than one institution, but the exact work schedule will be discussed with your project supervisor on your first day in Mexico.
The project runs all year round and is completely flexible with start dates. You decide how long you can commit for and we will help you get the most out of it.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
To join the internship, you must be in studying towards a social work qualification and have an intermediate understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with the staff, children and local community. If you are interested in taking Spanish lessons while in Mexico, please read about the language courses we have on offer.
Volunteers who are interested in this project but aren’t studying social work or related subjects should take a look at our standard Care project in Mexico.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.