Looking for something to do this summer? PEACE is one of the largest and most active non-profit groups in the Puerto Vallarta area, performing all types of community work. They have two summer internships programs available, one for teaching and assisting with the summer camp program and the other for assisting with their popular Help the Animals spay and neuter clinics. The application deadline for either program is April 15th.
The programs run for 5 weeks and costs $2000 US, although there are some limited scholarships available for those in need. The fees cover housing (double occupancy in a hotel or private home), evening and weekend excursions and 12 hours per week of language lessons. Transportation, food and other costs are not included.
Those participating in the Animal Clinic internship spend the first four weeks assisting with the clinic set-up, doing community education and assisting with the clinic operation. This may include surgery prep, physical exams, animal transportation and patient registration. Having personally worked at these clinics, I can attest that it’s truly a unique and rewarding experience! During the 5th week, interns will have a chance to work on other community projects.
For those interested in the summer camp program, the cost is the same but the work focuses on teaching elementary or middle school students how to add value to their community through entrepreneurial projects. Skills emphasized include English, marketing, fundraising, accounting, computer skills and effective management practices. Interns will learn Spanish and get hands-on and classroom training in presentation skills, critical thinking, conflict management and leadership.
Whichever you choose, a PEACE internship would look great on your resume and is a great way to see the real Mexico!