Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city nestled in a valley and surrounded by mountains. The state has the highest indigenous population in the country with 16 different indigenous groups making up 50% of the 3 million statewide population. Therefore, Oaxaca is a great place to learn about the diverse culture and history of Mexico.
Despite its great cultural wealth and natural beauty, Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico with much of the population living in great poverty. The isolated location of many communities also leads to marginalization and areas left without access to education, healthcare and food supplies.
Oaxaca is therefore a hotbed of non-profit organizations working hard to improve the livelihoods of people in need or advocating for their rights. Many of these organizations have a pressing need for volunteers in order to sustain their work.
Oaxaca has 311 days of sunshine a year. The dry season runs between November to May and the rainy season cools things down again between June and October.
Oaxaca is located in the south of Mexico, 6 hours by road from Mexico City. It is a large mountainous state that borders Puebla, Guerrero, Veracruz and Chiapas. The capital city Oaxaca de Juarez, is located in the Central Valleys and is roughly 6 hours by road from the Pacific Coast.