Do a medical internship in Mexico and learn about medicine first-hand by shadowing doctors and nurses at a hospital. Your role is observational, and we’ll teach you how to diagnose and treat the illnesses and conditions you’ll see. This is a great way to get an insight about healthcare practices in a developing country.
The majority of your day-to-day work will consist of following hospital staff on their rounds, observing what they do. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to learn as much as possible! You’ll also have the opportunity to do practical outreach work in disadvantaged communities. This will add valuable skills and experience to your CV.
You’ll live and work in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, and you’re bound to have an exciting and memorable time as you help, learn, and explore.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 18 can join
You need to speak basic Spanish.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do during this medical internship in Mexico?
There are a range of different tasks you can get involved in to expand your medical knowledge:
- Shadow and observe staff on their daily routines
- Rotate throughout many different departments
- Assist in outreaches to local communities
- Provide basic health care and education at day care centres
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Shadow doctors and nurses on their rounds
You will shadow qualified doctors and nurses in hospitals and clinics, and see what the daily life of a doctor is like. Your observations will be a great way to gain medical work experience while you’re in Mexico.
Although our internship placement facilities are well-equipped by local standards, they might be different to hospitals you’re used to. However, this experience will give you an insight into the healthcare challenges developing countries face. You’ll also see diseases and conditions that you’re only familiar with from textbooks or television. We’ll teach you how to diagnose and treat them.
Observe throughout different departments
Your work is mostly observational. You will rotate through your choice of departments, depending on the length of your stay. We recommend spending at least a week in each department.
Conduct community outreaches
Mexico has a national health insurance programme. Unfortunately, not all communities have regular access to healthcare services. Through our outreach programmes, we provide free basic healthcare in these areas. We also work to raise awareness about important health issues, like diabetes.
These outreaches are normally done once a month at a community centre, but busier months can have up to ten outreaches. You’ll participate and do basic health checks. Your tasks include measuring blood pressure levels, weighing people, and measuring heart rates. You’ll work under supervision and we’ll teach you what you need to know.
Provide basic healthcare and education at day care centres
We also do outreach work at our partner daycare centres. This work focuses on the importance of caring for your teeth, and how good hygiene keeps you healthy. You’ll also do health checks.
Where in Mexico will I work?
All of our medical placements in Mexico are situated in and around the city of Guadalajara.
In our opinion, Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful inland cities in Mexico! The city consists of long, winding cobblestone streets, lush natural surroundings, and a dry tropical climate.
Healthcare facilities in Guadalajara are well-equipped. However, access to quality healthcare remains inconsistent. Despite efforts to improve healthcare for citizens, there are still services limited to people who can afford it.
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.
I came into my medical placement knowing nearly nothing about medicine other than the fact that I wanted one day to work in the field, and I left knowing exactly what branch of surgery I want to specialise in.
Medicine Internship in Mexico
Meet the team in Mexico
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