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Physical Therapy Internships in Mexico

Project Overview
  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: To gain valuable physical therapy experience working alongside skilled local staff
  • Types of placements: Hospitals and a school for children with disabilities
  • Requirements: Interns should speak basic Spanish
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

You can intern in Mexico on a Physical Therapy project with Projects Abroad in Guadalajara. Depending on your experience, you could work in a busy city hospital or school for disabled children.

The city hospitals in Guadalajara are full of activity. As a Physical Therapy intern you will be able to shadow existing staff when treating patients. You could work with post operative patients and in rehabilitation. Your supervising therapist will help you gain experience, answer your questions, and discuss cases with you.

Experienced interns can work in a school for children with disabilities. These children need focused, one-to-one attention to help them with their motor skills and improve their quality of life.

You can discuss your placement preferences with Projects Abroad after you apply. We will assess your experience and help place you in the most beneficial environment.

Interns need to speak basic Spanish to participate in a Physical Therapy internship in Mexico. Interns who are unsure of their Spanish language skills can join a Teaching, Care, or Spanish Language Course project before doing their Physical Therapy project. This allows the opportunity to brush up on language skills before beginning the medical work.

Interning as a Physical Therapist in Mexico with Projects Abroad

A Mexican physical therapist supervises a Projects Abroad intern.

How much work you do with patients while on your Physical Therapy 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. Once you have built up trust with your colleagues, you will likely take on more responsibility.

Physical Therapy interns in Mexico live with local host families. Your host family will help you improve your Spanish and introduce you to the Mexican way of life. When you are not working you can explore Guadalajara with the Projects Abroad volunteer community. Interns need to be at least 18 years old to take part in a Physical Therapy project in Mexico.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

Physical Therapy internships 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.

While you’re in Mexico, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Sea-Turtle and Coastal Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

Mexico Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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