Volunteer Work

Working with children in an orphanage

Orphanage “Casa Hogar Nueva Vida”

The Orphanage regularly needs volunteers with long term and very good Spanish level.


Casa Hogar Nueva Vida provides care for children who have been abandoned by their parents, have been abused physically and mentally, or whose parents are deceased.

The orphanage is run by a Mexican couple who wants to create a life for the children as if they were their own. They have endeavoured to create a space that is as normal as possible for the children.
For this reason, Casa Hogar is a small organization and only has up to 20 children at a time. Casar Hogar normally has children aged from 4 to 16 years old but it can change depending on the children in need.

Children in this project are given total care, which means they have accommodation, meals and clothing. They are also assisted in gaining the skills they need in order to find good employment as adults.
Volunteers with big hearts will really enjoy working in this project. Assisting in the orphanage can be a very rewarding experience for the volunteers and the children and makes a big difference in the lives of the children living at Casa Hogar. The orphanage is open to any creative ideas volunteers might have.


Minimum participation: 2 months
Spanish level: Advanced
Minimum age: 21
Short CV with a motivation letter in Spanish

Working hours

3 – 7 pm
Monday to Friday
5 days a week


Working materials
Certificate at the end of stay.

Do not include

meals or


  • Taking care of the children´s needs (food, assistance with washing, dressing)
  • Helping with homework
  • Working within a strict and specific daily routine
  • Visiting the market for supplies and groceries
  • Helping in the kitchen (if needed)
  • Creating fun activities for children to do
  • During the holidays volunteers can choose to work at in the mornings as well

Extra options

  • Helping to make honey for sale
  • Maintenance of Casa Hogar (painting, repairs)
  • Administration
  • Participate in the “Hermano Mayor” (“My Big Brother”) program. Participation is voluntary and depends on whether volunteers have created a close relationship with one of the children at Casa Hogar and want to continue providing support.
    Being an Hermano Mayor means volunteers can give a child social, emotional and
    moral support as well as a monthly financial assistance of $250 pesos. When the
    volunteer returns to their home country, they have the chance to stay in contact
    with the child, writing letters or emails and making phone calls in order to
    maintain the relationship and follow the development of their “little brother”
Contribute your knowledge and efforts to the local projects and organizations
while practicing the language and working together!

4 easy steps to be a volunteer

Step 1. Pick a Project. Choose the one that suits you best by the requirements, duties, and your passions.

Step 2. Contact us with any questions you have and to request to volunteer!

Step 3. When we confirm the dates of your Project participation and accommodation, pay the Volunteer Deposit to secure your booking.

Step 4. Come to Puerto Escondido and make a difference!

Volunteer accommodation

There are three different options where volunteers can stay.

  • School residence: about 20-25 min. by public transport
  • Surf camp: about 20-25 min. by walk and public transport
  • Host family: about 20-40 min. by public transport

Volunteer Programs

A lifetime experience and a great opportunity to learn and practice your spanish, support the local community and help us preserve the nature. Come join us. Change a life