What We Need
- Knowledge of English (very good min. B2 level)
- Knowledge of Spanish (good min. B1 level)
- Able to spend 5 – 12 months abroad (min. 4 months)
- Good state of health + basic vaccination
- Travel insurance
- Older than 21 years (min. 18 years)
- Favorable personality (team spirit, empathetic, autonomous, flexible and able to deal with crisis situations, responsible, patient, humble, respectful of different cultures and traditions, and open and willing to learn new things)
Experience with traveling outside the EU and teaching experience is an advantage.
Volunteers have to write a blog which will serve as a source of up-to-date information for all stakeholders (potential volunteers, members of United Vision, volunteer’s friends and relatives, and the general public)
When & Who
What we Provide
private room with bed, fan, and mosquito net
There is a kitchen and volunteers can cook for themselves or eat in the restaurant, which is then reimbursed. Lunch and dinner are provided.
More Services we Offer
- Free training in the teaching methodology and lesson plans (training compulsory for all volunteers )
- Help with departure preparation and publicity
Volunteers must cover their travel expenses to the city of Mérida, from where they will be traveling with U Yich Lu’um staff
Additional Info about Us
- Volunteers have to pay the costs of travel, vaccination, insurance, and all other expenses beyond accommodation and food.
- Volunteers must consent to the use of videos and photos taken in the partner community for promotional purposes of United Vision
- United Vision doesn’t collect any fees from the volunteers
- Volunteers must be aware that during the stay in the partner community they are responsible not only for themselves but also for maintaining good relationships in the community and representing United Vision
- Neither United Vision nor our partner communities can ensure 100% safety and it cannot be expected. It is necessary to take this into consideration and act accordingly.
Our help is aimed at rural areas with some tourist potential. The intent is that local people will use the English they learn to succeed in the labor market or to start their own business connected to (eco)tourism. Volunteers will teach for up to 30 hours per a week in exchange for food and accommodation. The classes teach both children and adults. Volunteers are afforded the opportunity to experience local culture through a unique insider perspective.
Other projects are planned to be implemented in the next stage – microfinance, fair-trade, e-shop with local products, help with promotion and development of (eco)touristic activities, search for sponsors for the education of children (so-called “adoption at a distance”).