Volunteer in Española, New Mexico

Volunteer in the Hispanic community of Española, New Mexico. Meaningful one-week service opportunities await you in one of the most beautiful yet impoverished locations in the United States.  35% of the population live below the poverty line, more than two times higher than the national average of 13.4%.  Of course, poverty affects children the most.  Help K-6 grade students with literacy, basic math and science. Organize or paint a classroom. Repair a playground or assist with a school garden.  Assist parents and teachers who are trying to ensure their children can reach their potential.

FAQs: How to Volunteer in New Mexico

  • Tutoring

    Work with Pre-K – 6 grade children, assisting with literacy, basic math, and science. You may also be asked to provide general assistance to teachers.

  • Maintenance

    Swing a hammer or wield a paintbrush. Work with the school district’s buildings and maintenance staff to update and repair school infrastructure.

  • Organization

    Sort, catalog, organize, and recycle old school supplies and materials (textbooks, computers, art supplies, desks, tables, etc.). There are several on-campus garage-size buildings full of used materials that need attention.

  • Playground repair/development

    Rehabilitate elementary school playgrounds or help install new equipment and facilities.  Children need safe places to play to enhance their learning opportunities.

New Mexico Volunteer Program Snapshot

1 week programs available

$1,045 – $1,095

Projects Include:
Tutoring, Labor

Local time:

Food and Lodging

Your health and safety as a volunteer are our top priorities. You will stay in the Rodeway Inn, a comfortable 39 room hotel in Española. Each double occupancy room has a private bathroom, phone, television and mini fridge.  Single rooms are available for an additional fee.

  • Air conditioning
  • Television
  • Onsite breakfast
  • Mini fridge
  • Free WI-FI
  • Single room available for an extra fee

New Mexico cuisine is a fusion of Native American, Spanish and Mexican influences, particularly noted for its native red and green chilis.  You may have the chance to try green chili stew or a stuffed sopapilla smothered with red chili sauce at one of the local restaurants. A breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit and yogurt is provided each morning at the hotel.  Lunch is at the school cafeteria.  Dinners are either at a local restaurant or takeout pizza or sandwiches.

Be The Change.

Through important, full-day volunteer assignments and free-time activities, you learn about New Mexican culture and the significant ways you improve children’s and families’ lives. Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures your efforts help advance the host community’s development vision and goals. You contribute to genuine community-based projects, and in doing so, you’re accepted as family. Our commitment to engage short-term volunteers on long-term community projects in partnership with local people enables you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of volunteer support spanning three decades.

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