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Trip | Volunteer in Mexico

Volunteering in forest conservation project in Malinalco, Mexico

Malinalco, Mexico
Quick Facts
about this position

Working hours


Minimum age

from 18 years


No specifics

Language skills

Good english knowledge

About this position

Would you like to participate in activities that protect the ecological environment of Malinalco, its sustainability, and the care and protection of forest resources? Are you curious and want to learn different strategies for reforestation, fire prevention, and eradication? Also, do you enjoy promoting the reactivation of forest nurseries or even the training of young environmentalists and the introduction of firewood-saving stoves?

Forest conservation and community resilience

All of our programs in Mexico focus on addressing and transforming social and environmental conflicts. They are a perfect initiative for volunteers who want to contribute to social change and conservation. Immerse yourself in an exciting culture and develop social conflict management skills while improving and strengthening your overall communication skills.

The program

This unique volunteer program takes place about 50 km southwest of the capital Mexico City in Malinalco, which, thanks to its colonial character, is one of the "Pueblos Mágicos,“ or "Magical Cities.“ There, our local partner collaborates with one of the most renowned organizations in the community of Malinalco.

This was founded in 2007 to protect and preserve community participation and the conservation and protection of Malinalco's natural, social, historical, and spiritual heritage. Volunteer programs fund community projects and strengthen the diversity of communities living in Malinalco. The central objective of this joint volunteer program is to promote the culture of peace and the processes of conflict transformation in the forestry sector in Malinalco. Furthermore, the activities and objectives of the forestry culture program are to be further expanded in the region and gain visibility and awareness with your support.

What to expect


  • Extendable from 2 weeks up to 1 year.
  • All programs can be participated in as a volunteer, apprentice, or trainee
  • Minimum age of 18 years at the beginning of the volunteer project
  • Valid health insurance for the duration of the entire stay
  • Tailor your program to your individual needs and wishes
  • Personal start date and program duration available
  • At least an intermediate level of Spanish (B1 completed)
  • Location: Malinalco, México


You don't need to have any special skills or previous experience. The program is for all globetrotters and curious people who are flexible and can adapt to new circumstances without any problems. Just bring your best smile and healthy enthusiasm. Be open and ready to take on new challenges, and look forward to making lots of new acquaintances. Also, if the hands-on mentality is truly yours and commitment and patience are in your nature, this is the program for you!

Itinerary of your stay abroad

Project start

The projects run throughout the year. Therefore, the time of your start is flexible. We coordinate it individually with the organisation and you.

Time of arrival

It is always very convenient to arrive a few days before the start of the project. This way you avoid stress and working with jet lag. As soon as our local partner has your travel details, they will arrange your accommodation and you can move in with a host family up to three days before the start of the project at no extra cost. You will then have enough time to recover from your journey and make your first excursions to get to know your surroundings. You can acclimatise in peace and get to know your host family and the country and its people.

Arrival at the local airport

For our projects in Malinalco, Mezquital Valley and Chalma, we recommend Mexico City International Airport as your arrival airport. From there, our partner will organise your airport pick-up and transport to your accommodation. The details can also be arranged with our local partner. Once you arrive at the project location, we recommend that you first recover from the long flight. Take the time you need to let all the impressions sink in and get over the jet lag, and if you cannot find a flight on the desired date, it is advisable to arrive a day earlier than planned.

Orientation on site

To avoid a culture shock, you will receive a cultural briefing from your local contact either directly after your arrival or before your first day of work. You will be informed about the country and its people, cultural particularities and important do's and don'ts. You will also receive insider tips to help you get started in a new lifestyle. It will also make it easier for you to communicate with the locals. Incidentally, your volunteering programme includes a language course, which will also help you settle in.

The working day begins

On the first day of your project, you will usually be accompanied by a member of staff from our local partner, who will show you around and answer any initial questions you may have. On all subsequent project days, your local contact person will always be available to you by telephone.

On the weekend

The weekend is generally yours. Simply ask your local contact person about events, sights, shopping tips or other must-sees. In some cases, our partner will also organise excursions for all volunteers, which you can of course take part in. They also offer adventure packages. Simply ask him on site what you would like to do. Otherwise, you can plan excursions to the surrounding area individually and organise your free time in a colourful way.


Before your last day of work, you should contact your local contact person and find out the times of your airport drop-off.

Ready to get started?

Volunteering in forest conservation project in Malinalco, Mexico

Flexible dates

min. 2 weeks

from 18 years

Good english knowledge


1780 EUR

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Your accommodation

In Mexico, you will either live in a shared flat with other volunteers or with a host family.

The shared flats are located in well-equipped houses. Don't worry: there is electricity, 'normal' toilets, fully equipped bathrooms, a communal kitchen and a dining area where you can sit together. You will have to cater for yourselves here.

You can also stay with a host family. The perfect way to enjoy authentic life in Mexico! There you will be provided with your own, simply furnished room and you will receive two meals, which you will eat together with the family. You will become part of the family and get to know their everyday life. You will gain a direct insight into their culture and society and can practise and improve a foreign language from day to day. All host families are of course carefully and carefully selected. They usually already have experience with foreign volunteers.

Choose between accommodation with a host family or in a shared house. As prices vary, you will need to indicate your preference when you register so that your accommodation can be reserved for you.

Our Service

Services for your volunteer work in Mexico

Our service for your volunteer work includes active support throughout the preparation of your volunteer work. The team from our partner organisations in the individual countries will support you wherever you need it:

  • Welcome service at the airport and transfer from Mexico City airport to Malinalco.
  • Accommodation in a shared room with a maximum of four people.
  • Wi-Fi Internet (50Mbps)
  • Kitchen and washing machine available
  • Program introduction and on-site supervision
  • Certificate upon completion and the possibility of credit transfer
  • Follow-up meetings at the workplace once a week
  • Regular free Spanish classes throughout the internship
  • Full support and 24/7 care from our local team
  • Information about adventure packages and in-country travel

Not included:

  • Visa
  • International health insurance
  • Flight
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Add-on service - Airport pickup - approx. 130€
Our local team
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Our local team

Manfred - local coordinator

Due to his passion for travelling the world, experiencing new cultures and being socially committed, Manfred early decided to work in the field of development aid. Thus, in 1998 he started to organize a street kids projects in Caracas, Venezuela. He mainly took care of international cooperation, cultural exchange and volunteer work.  His efforts in Venezuela have proven that popular, so that he decided to establish a new volunteer program in the Dominican Republic. The more people can be helped, the better! Now he is coordinating volunteers in Samaná, the Dominican Republic, and will become your contact person during your stay in the Caribbean!  Learn more about Manfred here!