Volunteer with a Children's Refuge and make a difference in Mexico!

The Exchange

Our organization provides a loving, secure home for children and young adults of all ages who have been abused, neglected, orphaned, or abandoned. Every volunteer has some talent that they can share. You don’t need to be an engineer or a certified child psychologist. A genuine love for children and an enthusiasm to work is a basic requirement. Skills that volunteers can bring include art, photography, sports, tutoring + more!


32 hours of help per week

Child Care: Help look after, educate and instruct children.

Arts: Help with painting, graffiti, sculpting or drawing.

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.

Teaching Sports: Teach or help guests or local communities practice a new sport.

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Surfboards: You can use our surfboards as much as you want.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish

Over 21 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

The refuge resembles a family home rather than an institution, where the children feel loved and secure. Almost all of the children have suffered extreme poverty and abuse. Some have experienced unspeakable violence.

Since it was established in 2001, Misión México has helped transform the lives of more than 250 children, giving them a much deserved second chance at life. All are regaining a sense of confidence and self respect having found Misión México.

The children attend school, something most of them had not experienced before. They also learn to swim and surf and are the only surfers in Tapachula! Surfing was introduced to enable the kids to find confidence in themselves and a belief that they can achieve anything they want.

Activities & Shift

Every volunteer has some talent that they can share. Every day is different but generally volunteers are involved in helping the children with the following tasks:
- Educational games and activities
- Homework and revision, assisting with reading
- Developing creative programs such as surfing, arts, music, crafts, sewing,
photography and cooking
- Health and sanitation needs e.g. cleaning their teeth, brushing their hair
- Encouraging the children to complete their household chores like making their beds
and cleaning their bedrooms
- Sport activities and exercise, such as soccer, basketball, yoga, running club and
swimming classes
- Educational projects, for example, different countries, dinosaurs, animals and
- Supervising outings, for example, to the beach or swimming pool and excursions like
hikes or to the waterfall



During the current period of uncertainty in the world, and restrictions on travel, we are taking additional measures to ensure that all our children and staff remain safe and unexposed to COVID-19. We are therefore asking any new volunteers to self quarantine for 14 days once they arrive in Tapachula, and before they come into contact with our children and staff. This would be at your own cost, and we are unable to provide accommodation for this 14 day period. We are able to help negotiate Airbnb rates for you locally.

It is a requirement that all volunteers undergo and submit police clearance checks prior to commencing volunteer placement. You'll need to arrange with your local authorities to obtain the check.