A Projects Abroad volunteer at her Spring Break Public Health placement checking the blood pressure of a local woman

Public Health in Mexico for Spring Break

Do Public Health in Mexico and make a positive impact in the local community during your Spring Break

At a glance

Do a Public Health internship in Mexico this spring break 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 career.

During your time on our Public Health Spring Break Trip, you’ll:

  • Assist with basic health checks for people in local communities
  • Raise awareness around key healthcare issues affecting the community
  • Attend medical workshops to learn the skills necessary for outreach work
  • Attend a medical Spanish lesson

In Mexico, many people do not have regular access to medical care and there’s 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’s often little or no access to healthcare services. You’ll also work in schools or childcare centers helping provide medical care and education.

While you don’t need to have previous medical experience to contribute, this project is best for pre-med students building a resume for medical school. If you’re studying in healthcare fields such as nursing and community health and want to volunteer in a Spanish-language environment this is a great opportunity.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during spring break

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Where will I work in Mexico?


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 during this spring break project 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.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Mexico Arrival Procedures page.

What impact will I make in Mexico?

The aim of this internship is to give high school students like yourself the opportunity to assist the community through basic healthcare services.

You’ll be helping to provide much-needed care to people in remote communities. Healthcare facilities are few and far between in the rural outskirts of Guadalajara. The work you do during outreaches will help improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups. It also makes it easier for people to monitor their health and get treatment if needed.

In the process, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to pursue a career in healthcare.

Join our Public Health Spring Break Trip in Mexico today, and support communities by providing basic medical care.

Management plans

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Guadalajara. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mexico and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

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.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

Please choose a Duration and Start Date to continue.

Our accreditations