What will I do during this Nursing internship in Mexico?
There are a range of different tasks you can get involved in to expand your medical knowledge:
- Observe nurses and doctors and shadow them on their rounds
- Assist and help nurses with their daily tasks
- Rotate throughout different departments and explore specialisations
- Assist on practical outreach work and raise awareness of healthcare issues
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe staff in the hospital
Your work at the hospital will be mostly observational. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to learn as much as possible. Your supervisor will ensure you gain a thorough understanding of nursing practice in Mexico. You will learn about the area’s different diseases, their diagnoses, and different treatments and watch procedures in action.
Perform basic nursing procedures
Under strict supervision, you can help clean wounds, put in IVs, and put on casts. But your primary work will revolve around assisting the staff during their daily routines.
Observe throughout different departments
Depending on the length of your stay, you can choose to rotate throughout several departments, or specialise in one area. However, your responsibilities will be dependant on your overall initiative and experience.
Healthcare awareness and practical outreach work
In Mexico, many people lack access to healthcare services, despite the new national health insurance introduced by the government.
Through our outreach programme, we aim to provide free basic healthcare to these communities. We also raise awareness about some of the more pressing health issues facing the country today. You will support this work, and help do health checks in more rural areas and give educational talks. You’ll work under supervision during these outreaches.
Where in Mexico will I work?
Guadalajara is a lively city with a great cultural and social atmosphere. It is also the birthplace of some of the country’s most popular musical stylings, notably mariachi.
It is considered a colonial city, though much of its architecture dates from the independence period. This is predominantly present in the historic downtown centre, where much of your downtime will be spent. This area also boasts several important mural paintings by Jalisco-born José Clemente Orozco, one of Mexico's most important artists.
We have several nursing placements in Mexico where you can gain some great experience. These include a large hospital, a clinic, or in an HIV centre. The facilities are well-equipped by Mexican standards, but they might be slightly different to the hospitals you’re used to.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
With beautiful beaches, arresting art galleries, and buzzing restaurants, there’s something for everyone in Mexico. You’ll have plenty to do during your free time on your project in this dynamic country.
There’s something captivating about touring through old buildings. If you’re into neo-gothic architecture, treat yourself to a trip to the Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento. It’s a work of art with its ornate steeples and glowing stained glass windows.
There are also plenty of museums, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the country’s rich history. For something different, you can spend the day appreciating the wildlife and lush vegetation of Las Peñas Ecological Park.
You can’t take a trip to Mexico without tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. You can spend an evening enjoying pozole or tamales at a local restaurant and watching the vivid orange-red sun melt into the horizon.
We have a host of different projects in Mexico so there’ll likely be lots of other volunteers in the area during your trip. So you can choose to travel and explore in a group or on your own.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Mexico
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