Playa-del-Carman, Mexico

This is a four week project, 14th July – 17th August, for volunteers with some experience in international travel, and who are willing to try to something new. Good level of  the Spanish language, or a willing to learn Spanish, and have experience as a youth swim instructor or be familiar with principles of environmental education.

Working closely with our NGO partners, other volunteers, environmental educators and surfers, the volunteer will deliver the SwimTayka method in water safety and water stewardship. As a SwimTayka volunteer you will join a community of international volunteers serving various NGOs in Playa-del-Carman to participate in a summer vacation learning experience for local children.

What you will be doing

  • As a SwimTayka volunteer, you will deliver the SwimTayka Method youth education program in Drowning Prevention and Water Stewardship.  The program is a high touch, hands-on, youth education module for children ages 4 – 14, to teach basic swimming skills, water safety, principles of environmental education, and tools for water stewardship.
  • In preparation for the project launch, you will work closely with SwimTayka leadership in developing the Curriculum, allowing flexibility to make adjustments as needed.
  • In general, your work schedule will run weekdays during working hours.  Weekends and evenings are free for you to explore your stunning surroundings:
    • Four mornings a week, roughly 9 am – 1 pm. One day a week may be reserved for planned field trips.
    • Volunteers will accompany the participants to and from the training location (a local pool or swimming area), provide dry-land instruction and in-water lessons, and ensure safety for all participants at all times.
    • The general structure of the day may be: 45 minutes travel time, 1 hour water drowning prevention, 1 hour environmental education, 45 minutes travel time.


£1,850 which includes:

  1. SwimTayka registration fee £50 (this goes towards criminal background checks)
  2. SwimTayka volunteer fee £500 (this goes towards running the program)
  3. Local NGO Costs £1,300

Local NGO will be providing for the volunteers:

  • Dorm style accommodation for the 28 nights, this in a shared dorm with A/C at partner facility
  • 3 meals a day for the 28 days, a local Mexican lady will prepare lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be provided by the accommodation
  • Drinking water
  • Rent of a private passenger van to transport children and SwimTayka participants from their accommodation to the pool and children from Invasores area to the pool, the van comes with a driver and is for hire all day.
  • T-shirts for SwimTayka participants
  • Airport pick up and drop off of participants arrive as a group, or if they arrive as independently
  • 1 side trip that includes Coba ruins, Cenote and Mayan house.
  • GVI field staff to support communication and oversee the group for the 28 days.
  • Dedicated pre-departure support from the GVI head office and 24/7 emergency support while in the field

Additional costs to consider:

  1. International airfare
  2. Travel vaccinations
  3. International travellers insurance
  4. Weekend activities
  5. Personal spending money

To support your fundraising efforts, SwimTayka is available to help you design and launch a crowd-funding site and will feature you in our promotional efforts.

A little about Playa del Carman

  • Picturesque coastal town located in Mexico’s yucatan penisula
  • Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and a world-famous scuba diving destination.
  • Rapid development and tourism has slowly pushed lower income families farther and farther from the beaches and city center. The distance has made it difficult for the children to regularly attend school.

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