Cultural Orientation Week - Tepoztlán, Mexico

WHY we need you in Mexico


WHAT Does Culture Week Involve?

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  MIN AGE: 16+



Located in the vibrant state of Morelos, Tepoztlán is a mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage site that enchants visitors with its mystical charm and breathtaking natural wonders. Nestled among powerful mountain ranges, this enchanting town exudes magic and mystique. Its compact size allows for easy exploration on foot, revealing picturesque streets adorned with local markets, town squares, and artisan shops offering unique handcrafted treasures.

Tepoztlán is surrounded by beautiful attractions, including pristine beaches, captivating water caves, and ancient archaeological sites. The town itself is steeped in rich culture and traditions, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its natural splendour, ancient history, and cultural depth.

During your visit, delve into the local main church and convent, witnessing the fusion of cultures that have shaped Mexico’s heritage. Explore exhibition rooms that unveil the nation’s intricate historical tapestry, while engaging in interactive experiences such as language lessons, cooking classes, and artisanal workshops.

As evening falls, participate in the ancestral ritual of Temazcal, purifying body, mind, and spirit in a rock structure filled with aromatic steam and healing herbs. Conclude your day with an enchanting night tour, where local actors share tales of the town’s history and legends, immersing you in its captivating culture.

*Please ensure you bring suitable walking shoes and lightweight clothing. As Tepoztlán enjoys a spring-like climate, bring sun protection essentials. Expect daily activities from 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4 pm, with flexibility. Most locations can be reached on foot, making comfortable shoes indispensable for this unforgettable experience.


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

  • Get to know and understand Mexican culture through its inhabitants.
  • Share and spend quality time with the local community.
  • Observe the local costumes and traditions, such as cooking, artistry, and day to day local life.
  • Share your own culture with the local community, and let them share theirs with you.
  • Learn a little of the local language, the rich Mexican history, and spend a week at one of the most relevant archaeological and cultural sites in the whole country.

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


This week is designed for those wishing to understand more on the local culture to get the best out of their volunteer project. It’s also a great chance to get settled in your new home, learn where to local shops and markets are and just to feel more comfortable with the local area and culture, before the start of your project. 

  • 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.

Arrival Day
Airport Pick up at Mexico City International Airport by the Local staff.
Transfer to the Accommodation Center at Tepoztlan.
Short Briefing by the Country Manager/local staff.

Orientation and Introduction by the Local Program coordinator
Walking around the Local market, Town’s Square and Local Shops.
Headed back to the Accommodation center.

Hiking and Mountain Trail at Tepozteco, headed to the Ancient
Pyramid in Mexico.
Headed back to the Accommodation Center.
Headed to Town’s local market to buy ingredients for Dinner.
Cooking Lesson of Mexican Traditional Food at a Local Home.
Headed Back at the Accommodation Center

Visit the local church and Convent.
Visit the Local Museum.
Head back to the Accommodation Center.
Spanish Language Class at a Local Home or School.
Headed back to the Accommodation Center.

Undergo a local ritual popularly known as Temazcal.
Headed back to the Accommodation Center.
Local artisanry class (Traditional Mexican Art Class)
Headed Back to the Accommodation Center

Hiking and Mountain trails in neighboring Mountains around Tepozteco.
Head back to the Accommodation Center.
Take you to a local community outside the town of Tepoztlan.
Headed Back to the Accommodation Center
Local Night Tour

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

Explore the ancient ruins: Mexico is home to many ancient ruins, including the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan. These sites offer a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture.

Relax on the beaches: Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including the popular resort towns of Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta.

Experience the local cuisine: Mexican cuisine is world-renowned, and there’s no better place to experience it than in Mexico. From street tacos to fine dining, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Visit colonial cities: Mexico has many charming colonial cities, such as San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, that offer a glimpse into the country’s Spanish colonial past.

Attend cultural festivals: Mexico has many vibrant cultural festivals throughout the year, such as Dia de los Muertos, which celebrate the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Explore natural wonders: Mexico has many natural wonders, such as the Copper Canyon and the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, that are worth exploring.

Take a boat tour to see whales and dolphins: Mexico’s coastlines are home to a variety of marine life, including whales and dolphins. Take a boat tour to see these majestic creatures up close.

Go on a hot air balloon ride: See the stunning landscape of Mexico from a new perspective by taking a hot air balloon ride over the countryside. This is a unique way to experience the natural beauty of Mexico.

Explore the art scene: Mexico has a thriving art scene, with many museums and galleries showcasing both traditional and contemporary Mexican art. The Frida Kahlo Museum and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City are must-sees for art lovers.

Visit the monarch butterfly sanctuaries: Every winter, millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico’s forests to escape the colder climate up north. Visit the sanctuaries in Michoacán to witness this incredible natural phenomenon.

Go on a jungle adventure: Mexico is home to some of the most biodiverse jungles in the world, offering opportunities for hiking, zip-lining, and wildlife spotting. The jungles of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula are particularly popular for outdoor activities. 

The upcoming project encourages immersion without mandating specific gear. However, comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing are essential for extensive walking in Tepoztlan’s picturesque settings.

The climate typically ranges from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius with abundant sunlight, so packing a hat, sunscreen, and protective clothing is highly recommended. Sturdy footwear is also advised for hiking days. This well-prepared approach ensures a pleasant, safe, and comfortable experience amidst nature.

Mexico is a fascinating country located in the southern part of North America. It has a rich cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and a vibrant and diverse population. Mexico is known for its iconic landmarks such as the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, the beautiful beaches of Cancun, and the impressive Mayan and Aztec architecture found throughout the country.

Mexico’s culture is a unique blend of indigenous, European, and African influences, making it a fascinating destination for travelers interested in history, art, and culture. The country is also renowned for its delicious cuisine, including dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole. Visitors can explore the vibrant cities, picturesque towns, and natural wonders that Mexico has to offer, from the bustling streets of Mexico City to the tranquil beaches of Tulum. With its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes, Mexico is a destination that has something to offer for everyone.   

Mexico has a diverse climate due to its large size and varied topography. The climate in Mexico ranges from tropical to desert, with the temperature and rainfall patterns varying depending on the region.

In general, Mexico’s climate is characterized by two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season typically runs from May to October and brings heavy rainfall, particularly in the southern and eastern regions of the country. The dry season runs from November to April and is characterized by sunny and dry weather, with cooler temperatures in the northern regions of the country.

The coastal areas of Mexico, particularly on the Pacific side, are known for their hot and humid climate, with temperatures averaging between 25-30°C (77-86°F) year-round. Inland areas are generally cooler, with the central highlands experiencing a temperate climate with cooler temperatures and occasional frosts during the winter months. The northern regions of Mexico, including the Baja California peninsula and the Sonoran Desert, have a desert climate with hot summers and mild winters. 

The country’s culture is famous for its colourful art, music, and cuisine, as well as its vibrant traditions and festivals.

One of the most significant aspects of Mexican culture is its art. From the ancient Mayan and Aztec art to the contemporary works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Mexican art is renowned for its vibrant colours, bold designs, and powerful symbolism. Mexican music is also an essential part of the country’s cultural identity, with styles ranging from mariachi and ranchera to salsa and cumbia. The country’s rich cultural heritage is celebrated through its festivals and traditions, such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday that honours deceased loved ones through colourful altars, food, and music. 

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