Engage in your own unique combination of opportunities while traveling through and settling into Mexico.
Environment & Nature
The fourth most biodiverse country in the world, Mexico is also considered to be one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries. Protecting this stunningly diverse natural environment is a constant challenge, however, as Mexico’s high levels of biodiversity are paired with equally high levels of deforestation.
Discover the beauty of Mexico’s natural landscapes while exploring one of its nearly 70 natural parks or chat with members of a Mexico City-based NGO to learn more about the challenges and opportunities faced by Mexicans who are working on the frontlines to create a more sustainable future.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Mesoamerica is considered one of the six cradles of civilization. The domestication of maize by some of the earliest indigenous inhabitants of what is now Mexico quickly led to the rise of a dazzling succession of complex civilizations. These include the Maya people, who are known for their development of a sophisticated calendar as well as complex systems of writing and mathematics.
After the arrival of the Spanish, the country’s cultural and demographic makeup changed dramatically. Over the centuries, new periods of growth, change and migration have brought a new richness to Mexico’s already complex cultural tapestry.
Explore the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica first hand during a day trip to the Teotihuacan Sun and Moon Pyramids, which date to around 200 AD. Then, discover the little-known history of Mexico’s vibrant Jewish communities during visits to synagogues and other historic Jewish sites, and get a taste of cultural richness while dining on some of the most delicious food in the world.
ART & ARCHITECTURE
Mexican art is a blend of rich indigenous influences and Spanish elements drawn from the country’s colonial past. From the vivid murals that grace the walls of many Mayan archeological sites to the surrealist works of Frida Kahlo, the visual arts have a long history in Mexico. Gain a deeper appreciation for the art of modern Mexico by visiting the MUAC, Mexico City’s premiere center for 21st-century art.
A diverse array of cultural and artistic influences are on full display in Mexican architecture. Visit architectural masterpieces like the neoclassical Castle of Chapultepec and the New Spanish Baroque House of Tiles and discover this rich tradition for yourself.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Mexico’s economy has enjoyed steady and relatively stable growth over the past few decades and now boasts booming manufacturing and industrial sectors. The country is increasingly considered an attractive destination for near-shoring, and Mexican auto plants now manufacture more cars than any other North American country. The country’s electronics industry has also experienced massive growth in recent years.
Despite a persistent wealth gap, Mexico is home to a burgeoning middle class and some have even predicted that the country might be the world’s 5th largest economy by 2050. Gain first-hand experience in this increasingly important economic powerhouse during behind-the-scenes visits to both ambitious start-ups and established manufacturing firms.
As a developing country with high levels of socio-economic inequality, Mexico offers numerous opportunities to engage in meaningful service work. Whether it’s teaching English at a local school or volunteering at a migrant shelter to help support people fleeing violence and political and economic instability in Central America, opportunities to make a difference abound.