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Program Includes:

*Airport Pickup in Mérida
*Orientation tour of city
*Volunteer Placement
*Accommodation With a Host Family
*Breakfast and Dinner Each Day
*24/7 In-country support

Program Does Not Include:

*Round-trip Airfare
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance



Volunteers in Mexico stay with local host families. ELI believes that this is the best way to fully immerse oneself in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom. Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.

For participants in Mayan Communities, there is a supplemental fee of $50 per month for extra meals, since there are no markets in the villages.

Arrival Dates 

Arrival dates are flexible except that no arrivals will be scheduled for Easter week or Christmas.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need.

All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.

Apply Now

After you fill out the application form on our website, our application advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.  We have set up a checklist here for you see exactly what steps you need to take to go abroad with ELI.