Do a Public Health internship in Mexico with a team and work alongside healthcare professionals on community outreaches. This is a great way to add practical medical experience to your resume, which can help your future career.
Project work will have a staunch focus on promoting healthy living for the local communities, and helping identify undiagnosed diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes.
This will be done through health checks on community outreaches. This work is of the utmost importance, as many disadvantaged communities in Mexico lack the necessary access to basic medical care. In the process, you’ll gain unparalleled insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries.
You’ll work in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, and live with a local host family. To ensure you make the most of the break, we’ve put together a set itinerary of cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip! You’re bound to have a memorable time as you help, learn, and explore, all in a group setting!
Please note this calculator is for pricing information only. You will need to choose your final dates and duration on our application form.
Get a week free if you apply for a Flexi Trip before 15 March 2019. Read our T&Cs here.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
Mexico > Public Health
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will Public Health work in Mexico with a group consist of?
On this Public Health internship, there’s plenty of opportunity for practical work and learning. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help with:
- Assist with basic health checks for people in local communities
- Raise awareness around key healthcare issues affecting the community
- Attend medical workshops to learn skills necessary for outreach work
- Attend a medical Spanish lesson
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Health checks at community outreaches
The majority of your work will involve going out into communities and running outreaches. A local nurse will be present during these outreaches to assist checking blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.
Nurses are able to use the collected data to make referrals or recommend lifestyle changes that could prevent illness.
Healthy lifestyle awareness campaigns
You’ll also help with healthcare awareness campaigns in schools and local communities. This involves going into local communities and giving talks or leading workshops to get people thinking about their health. Awareness campaigns are an important part of preventing illness and creating a community of healthier individuals.
Learn the skills required for the outreaches and awareness campaigns during regular workshops. You’ll learn about different diseases and assessment techniques.
Attend a medical Spanish lesson
You’ll attend one medical Spanish lesson at the start of your time in Mexico. Here, you’ll learn useful words and phrases you can use throughout your time abroad.
Where in Mexico will I work?
This project is based in and around the city of Guadalajara.
In our opinion, Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful inland cities in all of Mexico. The city consists of long, winding cobblestone streets, lush natural surroundings, and a dry tropical climate.
Most of your work will take place in local disadvantaged communities. Healthcare facilities in Guadalajara are generally well-equipped. However, access to quality healthcare remains inconsistent. Despite efforts to improve healthcare for citizens, there are still services limited only to people who can afford it.
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.
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