Construction & Renovation in Tepoztlán , Mexico

WHY we need you in Mexico


HOW can you help?

WHAT can you do?

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  MIN AGE: 16+



Many areas in Tepoztlán are in need of significant improvements, and our goal is to assist the entire local community by upgrading schools, communal spaces, churches, and homes to create safer, healthier, and more functional environments. This program offers hands-on experience, allowing you to engage with the local community.

Construction and renovation activities are taking place in the centre of this charming town. It is common for small, older towns in Mexico to lack sufficient resources for maintaining their structures, leading to the need for reconstruction and even complete remodelling of public spaces.

With the support of local personnel and individuals with relevant expertise, your contribution will be essential in restoring, adding vibrancy, and constructing various establishments in different locations to enhance the quality of life in this quintessential village.

Upon your arrival at a specific renovation or construction project, you will be assigned tasks based on the local requirements at that time. It’s important to note that all projects are subject to the specific needs of the local community.

No special qualifications or prior construction experience are necessary. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this work requires physical strength and endurance, particularly when working in hot weather conditions for extended periods.

Your main responsibilities may include:

• Assisting in the construction and renovation of community infrastructure.
• Supporting the construction or renovation of schools, classrooms, or playgrounds.
• Building and renovating communal facilities.
• Painting school buildings and other structures.
• Repairing and working with wood and furniture materials.
• Excavating and assembling construction materials.
• Painting and renovating cultural sites such as churches and convents.

A comprehensive program will be provided, and a local coordinator will assist you with the schedule. The typical schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Walking will be the primary mode of transportation on-site, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!


Tepoztlán is a charming town is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, creating a picturesque backdrop for its cobblestone streets and traditional adobe houses. This hidden gem is renowned for its rich history, ancient archaeological sites and a majestic pyramid atop Tepozteco mountain. The town’s vibrant culture is evident in its lively markets, where local artisans showcase their handcrafted treasures. Whether exploring the ancient ruins, indulging in traditional cuisine, or simply basking in the town’s serene ambiance, Tepoztlán leaves a lasting impression!

Project Tasks

  • Improve the quality of life for underprivileged citizens in the area.
  • Assist the locals on daily construction and renovation tasks as an organized team.
  • Connect and create local multicultural exchange experiences that both locals and participants can benefit from.
  • Gain practical experience in constructing and renovating spaces.

Food & Accommodation

Our accommodation can accommodate 1-8 people per room in a hostel setting. It is a typical Tepoztlán neighborhood, and our local hostel host is enthusiastic about providing local family-style interactions and cultural exchanges.

You will stay in one of two downtown hostels with shared bedrooms but separate genders. The accommodation is located in Tepoztlan’s downtown area. There are fans, heaters, hot showers and Western toilets. There is no wifi but this can be found in local cafes. 

This small mountain town has a charming downtown area populated by a friendly and welcoming local community. In addition, this town echoes ancient civilizations and has a rich history. Both colonial and indigenous, Tepoztlan is a perfect mix. It’s also located close to a famous Tepozteco Pyramid and archaeological landmark site, a pyramid built at the top of a mountain that overlooks the town, and the Excovento Dominico, a beautifully restored convent and now Catholic Church.

There is a traditional market, or “Mercado” right in the town centre, and plenty of activities in and around the area. You are free to explore and roam around the town centre during your spare time, after your program schedule, or on the weekends.  

The food will be traditional Mexican, with plenty of corn tortillas, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat and other grains, and chicken, all of which are vegetarian-friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

All meals will be provided at the mentioned accommodation. Every day of the program, three full meals will be provided, beginning with breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12pm, and dinner at 6 p.m. On weekends, there are two meals available: brunch at 10 a.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Food consists primarily of traditional local dishes prepared and served at the accommodation or in the surrounding area. Meals will be served based on your dietary requirements, but you must notify us in advance.

What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


There’s no need for special qualifications or prior building experience. Just keep in mind that this role demands physical strength and the ability to thrive in hot weather throughout the year. Embrace the challenge and join us on this exciting journey! 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to AICM Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) or Cuernavaca International Airport on Sunday.

If you arrive outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer for an extra fee.

If you want to book any extra nights before or after your program, you can do this for an extra fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From both airports to your accommodation it takes around 45 minutes – 1 hr by bus.

Volunteer for around 4 hours each day.

Orientation by the Local Program Coordinator.
Engage in construction and renovation activities.

Tuesday to Friday
Engage in Construction and renovation activities.
Engage in Construction and renovation activities.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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Additional Requirements
Older participants are required to have a medical clearance, while participants under 18 might need signed parental consent. There’s no need for special qualifications or prior building experience. Just keep in mind that this role demands physical strength and the ability to thrive in hot weather throughout the year. Embrace the challenge and join us on this exciting journey!

Additional Equipment
There’s no need for special gear in this exciting program, yet we highly recommend rocking some sturdy shoes, cozy work attire, and always keeping refreshing hydration or bottled water at hand!

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