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Mexico is a diverse country that’s not only steeped in history, but is an adrenaline junkies paradise. So whether you’re keen to see history, taste great food, or leap into adventure, Mexico has it all! Snorkeling, SCUBA Diving, kayaking, surfing the coasts or white-water rafting through the jungle; Mexico’s will have your heart racing!

The people of Mexico, known to be some of the warmest in the world, proudly maintain the traditions and customs of their ancestors, which date back to the time of the Olmecs, the Aztecs, the Maya, and others – some of the most important civilizations the world has ever known!

So, pack your bags and get started on your Mexican adventure!

Eligibility Requirements

You must be 16, 17 or 18
Enrolled in a NZ school
Getting ‘achieved’ or more in your school work

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform
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Host family and culture

You can live anywhere in Mexico—from rural to urban areas.Families are usually the center of social life for many people. Some are quite large, including the extended family and unmarried children living at home. Parents can be protective, especially with girls, so please keep them informed about your activities. Actively helping people in need is important to local communities.

Mexican food is varied, flavorful and sometimes spicy. Tortillas, rice, beans, tacos, and quesadillas are staples. Don’t forget to taste the mole, a thick, rich sauce from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and some of the delicious homemade fruit drinks.

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Language and school

Spanish is the main language spoken in Mexico. Having a basic knowledge of Spanish or English will be helpful.

You will probably attend a private school during your year abroad in Mexico, with five or six classes a day. Expect to study subjects like Mexican history, Spanish literature or Mexican law, as well as a few electives. Uniforms are usually required. Don’t miss the opportunity to join a sports, theater or music group, if extracurricular activities are offered at your school.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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