MX 2019 Summer Internship

Ages: 14+   •  Location: Mexico   •   Length: 16 Days
$2295.00 + Self Managed Airfare  •   Service Hours: 40
Meeting Point: San Diego

For the summer of 2019 we hope to have you join us in Mexico as a Live Different INTERN!

Do you find our 10 day builds not long enough? Are you someone who exemplifies strong leadership skills and has a passion for helping others? Have you been on one of our Live Different Builds in the past and wish you could’ve done more? If so, you should really consider applying to be one of our summer interns!

Becoming an intern for the summer will give you the opportunity to travel, grow and learn new things, as well as build relationships with people who you will quickly call friends. But, it's even more than that - it's the chance to experience life from another perspective and return home changed.

Over the course of your internship not only will you work alongside staff, contractors, translators, and families, but also volunteers from all across Canada. We’re looking for people who will have a positive impact on our volunteers and create a welcoming and fun atmosphere.

All interns will be responsible to work alongside the Live Different Staff to help facilitate a positive and fun trip experience for our volunteers. Some responsibilities will be assisting with:

  • Orientation

  • Airport shuttles

  • Team leading

  • General hosting and facilitation

  • Evening activities

  • Jobsite moral

  • Merchandise sales

  • Basic security


When applying, you will undergo an approval process and the most eligible applicants will secure a position. We are looking for interns who are able to exemplify good leadership, maturity, compassion, energy, initiative and who are engaged in their school/community.

Please apply online and one of our staff members will contact you with how to proceed. If you have any questions prior to applying please contact our Builds Administrator.


Austin Gauthier  - Builds Administrator


"This summer was my second time interning in Mexico and it was one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences of my life. With every internship in Mexico I have learnt new things, challenged myself, had incredible experiences and connected with wonderful people, all while being able to do good for others. I continuously grow as a person with every summer I spend with Live Different in Mexico." - Jordyn, Mexico Summer Intern

What Is Included
  • Airport shuttles to and from the Hotel on the day your Build starts and the day your Build ends​. Please plan to arrive before 1 pm on the Build start date.
  • ​Hotel in San Diego, CA (on the last night of the Build).
  • All ground transportation needs from the time you land in San Diego on the first Build day until you fly out again on the final Build day.
  • Tourist fees for Mexico (if required).
  • Dorm style accommodations and family style meals (traditional Mexican meals with North American options) while at host location in Mexico.
  • Donation towards Build project(s) 
  • Construction Foreman on site.
  • Translators(s).
  • Intern Leadership Sessions
  • Intern hosting and facilitation.
  • Evening Debriefings and activities
  • Live Different staff on site and available 24/7
  • Day In The Life Experience
  • Team dinner out with public Build group
  • Interns dinner out
  • Excursion
What Is Not Included
  • Return flights to San Diego, CA.
  • ​Emergency Medical Travel Insurance (Required).
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance.
  • Spending money and meals while in San Diego, CA and traveling to and from San Diego, CA and Mexico. (suggested min of $40 USD)
  • Recommended Kitchen and Cleaning Staff Tip - $30 USD recommended
Note: Live Different is not responsible for flight delays or cancellations. 

Day 1

Fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), California

Drive to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (Approx 4-5 hours)



Day 2

Team building activities

Awareness tour - Meet the families you will be building for and get to see past projects that Live Different has completed

"Day in the Life" Experience

  • Understanding changes everything! One day doesn’t change the world completely, but it can change your perspective in ways you never before imagined possible. Work, laugh and learn alongside of new friends, as you step into their world and help out in their daily routines. Language isn’t a barrier and neither are cultural differences. In fact, our differences can remind us that we have more in common than we realized, as we learn about how life looks from someone else’s perspective. Be a part of sharing the daily responsibilities, chores and connections as you spend some time with a family in the local community. These families that you will be working alongside of are potential families that could be receiving a new home in the near future.


Day 3

Leadership sessions


Day 4 (Summer Build 1 Group Arrives in Mexico)

Prep for volunteer Arrival

Dinner with the families




Day 5 - 8 (Project Days)

You will be working alongside the Live Different staff to run the operations of the Summer Build 1 and lead teams on the ground. When you first show up to the work site, there will be a concrete slab waiting for its four walls, roof, and your enthusiasm! Together with the family, you and your team will be a part of making a dream a reality.


Day 9

Time to celebrate! Spend the morning preparing for the afternoon house celebration. Imagine witnessing as a family enters their new home that you helped to build. A home filled with hope, security, and a brighter future for this family! This moment will be etched in your memory for many years to come.


Day 10

Live Different also recognizes that you may want to take advantage the beauty and excitement of Mexico! Each team member will be afforded one day off for relaxation and/or adventure. We want you to experience some of the natural beauty and adventure that the Baja has to offer.


Day 11

Help see the first group off


Day 12 -15

Intern and staff bonding

Community projects

Intern excursion day

Prep for Summer Build 2


Day 16 (Summer Build 2 Group Arrives in Mexico)

Welcome the second group

Meet the staff and orientation

  • Continue to act as leader for this group. You will know more and have a better understanding of the country, the community and the operations of Live Different. Your responsibilities and expectations will increase but this is all to help you become a better leader. Have fun with this new group and enjoy leading the activities!

Day 17 - 20 (Project Days)

Round 2! Be a part of a second building project, working alongside trip leaders to run the operations of Summer Build 2 and lead teams on the ground.


Day 21

Celebration time!  Spend the morning preparing for the afternoon house celebration. Imagine witnessing as a family enters their new home that you helped to build.


Day 22

Drive up to San Diego, California
Stay overnight at Quality Inn

Day 23

Fly home out of San Diego International Airport (SAN), California

While volunteering in Mexico you will be staying at our Campus near Vicente Guererro. Rooms are dorm style, however, private accomodations can be arranged for families if needed.

Most volunteers choose to fundraise using their fundraising page. When you register for a Build, you will have the opportunity to create one too. Not everyone fundraises though, some choose to pay for their Build themselves.

We require that all volunteers arrange their own flights. If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact our office. Please be sure that you are arriving at the destination on the first day of the Build, as some flights will require you to leave a day or two ahead of schedule.

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Aug 7, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019



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    Austin Gauthier
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