Program Details

Aldeas Infantiles S.O.S.

  • Start Date 2017-01-11
  • End Date: 2018-01-10

  • Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

Aldeas Infantiles S.O.S is a nonprofit,
nongovernmental organization, which principally aim
to create families for children who have lost their
parents, integrating them in a system where they can
have a normal life and a positive future.
Aldeas Infantiles S.O.S was born in Europe after the
Second World War in order to help many children
who lost their families. The first Aldea Infantil S.O.S
was built in Austria in 1949 and the first one in
Mexico was built in 1971.
Aldea Infantil S.O.S in Tuxtla Gutierrez is the first one
in the world who hosts children with disabilities.
In this case the aim of the project is also to help the
children in their psychological and physical
This project gives a permanent home and a stable
environment, helping them to build their own future
and to be involved in the development of their


Host family in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.


The S.O.S Children's Village family-like structure is
formed by four basic principles: mother, brothers and
sisters, house and village.
Each child is given a so-called SOS mother. She is the
main person who cares for this child and is a
substitute for the child's natural parents. She lives in
a house together with the children that she is looking
after. Together with them she organizes the family's
daily life. She creates strong and dependable
relationships and gives the children a safe and loving
home. The job of an SOS Children's Village Mother is
usually carried out by single women who have to complete an extensive training programme. They are
supported in their highly responsible task by
educational co-workers as well as by women who are
still training to be SOS Children's Village mothers.
Girls and boys of differing ages grow up together in
an SOS Children's Village family like brothers and
sisters. Natural brothers and sisters are not
separated. Children are accepted from small babies
until the age of ten unless there are brothers and
sisters involved, in which case the children could be
In Tuxtla Gutierrez the principal activities include
physical and psychological rehabilitation though
different kind of therapy. The aim of the activities is
to improve the quality of the life of the children, to
stimulate their personal skills, in order to improve
their self-confidence.
Beyond that there are also other types of facilities
and aid programmes whose main intention it is to
improve living conditions for families in the
neighbourhood on a long-term basis. The social
centres, kindergartens, medical centres, training
centres and schools are not only used by children and
youths from the SOS Children's Village but are also
there for the general public.


The volunteer is not required to have specific knowledge or previous experience in the area.
She/he needs:

  • Interest in working with children and youngsters with disabilities.
  • Enthusiasm and willing to help the others.
  • Patience and sensibility.

How to get there?
Terminal: Mexico City / Benito Juarez Airport
International Airport: Mexico City / Benito Juarez Airport
Domestic Airport: Mexico City / Benito Juarez Airport


6 months- 2.000,00 EUR

12 months- 3.000,00 EUR