Public Health in Mexico for Teens
- Project Info
- What are High School Specials?
- Community Service Credit
- High School Specials Impact Report
- Placement location: Guadalajara
- Types of placement: Medical outreach and health awareness programs with disadvantaged communities
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
- Local Languages: Spanish
High school students with an interest in medicine and helping others can get involved in the Public Health project in Mexico with Projects Abroad. Based in Guadalajara, you will give back by providing healthcare services for people who do not have regular access to medical care. There is also a desperate need for more education about public health concerns.
As a volunteer, you will get involved with community-based medical outreach work and public health campaigns in areas on the outskirts of Guadalajara where there is often little or no access to healthcare services. You will also work in schools or orphanages helping provide medical care and education.
All of our High School Special volunteers work alongside qualified local doctors and nurses. You will learn by observing and assisting them while they diagnose and treat patients. You can get involved in a variety of practical activities, including basic health checks, immunization drives, and performing checks of vitals on babies and the elderly. You will also participate in conducting educational health campaigns, where you can lead discussions about health and hygiene with local schools, orphanages, and community groups.
In Mexico, you will live with a local host family in the city of Guadalajara, a large university city with striking Spanish colonial architecture. Your host family will welcome you into their home and teach you all about the local culture.
On the weekend, you will participate in cultural and Spanish workshops, have salsa lessons, go on a half day trip to the handcraft market in Tonala, and visit a local restaurant to sample some of the delicious local cuisine.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.