At a glance
- Complete a summer Public Health Internship, gaining medical experience
- Learn from experts and help raise awareness of healthcare in the community
- Support the health of people in Mexico's disadvantaged rural communities
- Learn Spanish as you immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Mexico
Over Spring BreakSee Dates
18 or over
Assist with basic health checks for people in local communities
This is a hands-on, practical spring break internship. Upon completing basic training, you’ll assist doctors on medical outreaches. Visit rural communities and perform free check-ups on those who can’t afford a private doctor.
You’ll take charge of checking vitals, including blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and heart rates. The doctor will add this information to patient records, informing their diagnoses and treatments. You can also offer advice on how patients can improve their health and avoid illness.
Raise awareness of healthcare issues affecting residents of Guadalajara
Health education is crucial to the wellbeing of communities. However, schools often lack the funding and resources to teach healthcare. That’s why some of your time as a Public Health Intern in Mexico will be dedicated to raising awareness.
Working with members of the community, you’ll help run health awareness campaigns. These will focus on fundamental topics like dental and personal hygiene, nutrition, and disease prevention. This is something all our Medical interns get involved in, meaning you’ll be part of a long-term process to improve health awareness in Mexico.
Attend medical workshops to learn skills
The more you learn, the greater the impact you can have on medical outreaches. That’s why you’ll attend workshops aimed at building your skills and understanding. You’ll learn about the history of Mexico’s healthcare system, discovering how it differs from your home country.
You’ll also learn which health conditions are particularly prevalent in Guadalajara. By studying the common causes of illness, you’ll be better equipped to spot them. That'll make you a better future medical worker, with a broader grasp of health among different demographics.
Take Spanish lessons
We believe in offering internships abroad that go the extra mile. Outside of your project work, you’ll benefit from being immersed in the local culture. You’ll discover what it’s like to live an authentically Mexican lifestyle in Guadalajara.
We’ll start your week with Spanish lessons, helping you optimize your spring break. These will be medical-themed, ensuring you learn practical vocabulary that you can use as you progress in your project.
By learning Spanish, you’ll form more meaningful connections with local people, healthcare workers, and patients.
Where will I work in Mexico?
This project is based in and around Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most beautiful inland cities. With winding cobblestone streets, lush natural surroundings, and a dry tropical climate, it’s a wonderful place for students to explore.
This spring break Public Health Internship will take place in disadvantaged communities. Healthcare facilities in Guadalajara are generally well-equipped. However, access to quality healthcare remains inconsistent. Despite an improving healthcare system, many still cannot afford certain services.
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.
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
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