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Public Health in Mexico Alternative Spring Break Trip


  • Sunday March 5th 2017 - Saturday March 11th 2017
  • Sunday March 12th 2017 - Saturday March 18th 2017
  • Sunday March 19th 2017 - Saturday March 25th 2017

  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: Focusing on a variety of areas, including community-based medical outreaches and public health campaigns
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host Family
  • Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
  • Local Languages: Spanish

Projects Abroad volunteers with an interest in medicine can gain experience and help disadvantaged communities on the Public Health in Mexico Alternative Spring Break Trip. In Mexico, many people do not have regular access to medical care and there is also a need for more education about public health concerns. As a volunteer, you can make a difference and provide important services to the community by helping with community-based medical outreach work and public health campaigns.

The majority of your time will be spent working in disadvantaged areas on the outskirts of Guadalajara where there is often little or no access to healthcare services. You will also work in schools or orphanages helping provide medical care and education.

All of our volunteers work alongside qualified local doctors and nurses. You will be able to learn from observing and assisting them while they diagnose and treat patients. You can get involved in a variety of activities, including basic health checks, immunization drives, and performing checks of vitals on babies and the elderly. You will also participate in conducting educational health campaigns, where you can lead discussions about health and hygiene with local schools, orphanages, and community groups.

Group of Projects Abroad Public Health interns look at x-ray scans while listening to a Mexican doctor at an outreach in Guadalajara.

While you do not need to have previous medical experience to contribute, this project is best for pre-med students building a resume for medical school and those studying healthcare fields such as nursing and community health who want to volunteer in a Spanish-language environment.

On Friday, you'll visit the small traditional village of tequila where you can see how its most famous export is made (only 1 small taste is offered to ages 18+) and attend a traditional rodeo and barbecue.

During your whole time volunteering in Mexico you will live with a local host family in the city of Guadalajara, a sprawling collection of formerly independent towns with a deep sense of identity and striking Spanish colonial architecture.

Volunteer Profile Volunteer story from Kacie Kline who did Public Health in Mexico
Kacie Kline
The combination of the amazing volunteers and even more amazing staff members made my time in Guadalajara unforgettable. The staff made sure everything went smoothly and that we always felt safe. I have never had a more rewarding experience than going to Guadalajara through Projects Abroad. Read more...

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