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Mexico Physical Therapy Electives

  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous physical therapy training
  • Requirements: You must be a student studying physical therapy and you must speak basic Spanish. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Physical Therapy in Mexico project page
  • Types of Placement: Hospitals and a school for children with disabilities
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Physical Therapy student gains university credit while volunteering in a clinic in Mexico

Physical Therapy students taking their Electives in Mexico have an exciting experience. If you decide to take your Elective here, you will be placed in one of the busy Guadalajara city hospitals or in a school for disabled children, depending on your chosen specialty.

You must be a student studying physical therapy to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad will help coordinate your trip to Mexico and will communicate with your university, making sure your placement fulfills their criteria. We are experienced in supporting elective students and our in-country staff are on hand to answer any questions and help with any paperwork you may have to complete before departure.

In Mexico you will be assigned a qualified member of staff who will be your dedicated supervisor. They will ensure you have time with them to discuss case studies and they will answer any questions you may have. Your supervisor will be eager to help you gain valuable experience in the hospital. The City hospitals in Guadalajara are busy places. Make sure you take extensive notes throughout your time so you can refer back to them.

Physical Therapy Student Electives in Mexico

As a physical therapist on your elective, you will shadow existing staff when they treat patients. The amount of hands on work you get while on your placement in Mexico will not only depend on your experience but also on how much enthusiasm you show and how you integrate yourself into the team.

In hospitals you could work with various cases including patients recovering from operations and stroke victims. You could also work in a school for children with disabilities. These children need focused one-to-one attention to help them with their motor skills, which will help improve the quality of their lives.

Elective students are required to speak intermediate Spanish to join our Mexican Physical therapy Elective project. If you are unsure as to whether your Spanish is good enough please give us a call. Many students who lack confidence in their Spanish language skills join a Teaching, Care, Community or Spanish Language project before joining their elective program. This gives them the opportunity to brush up their language skills before the medical part of their placement.

While interning in Mexico you will live with local host families. Here you will be able to really improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in the Mexican way of life. You can explore Guadalajara on your days off with the very active Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Physical Therapy Student Electives in Mexico are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.

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