What will I do as a Physiotherapy intern in Mexico?
As a Physiotherapy intern in Mexico, you’ll shadow a qualified physiotherapist at a hospital and assist where necessary. If you have enough experience, you can work with disabled children. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to help with during your internship:
- Observe qualified physiotherapists working in the rehabilitation department of a city hospital
- Help with daily tasks and provide treatment if you have enough experience and training
- Provide therapy and care for disadvantaged children with disabilities
Your work will focus on the following three areas:
Observe local physiotherapists as they treat patients
You will be placed at a hospital in Guadalajara, where you’ll shadow professional physiotherapists as they treat patients in the rehabilitation department. You’ll see how different illnesses and conditions are treated, and how these treatment methods differ from those used back home. We encourage you to ask lots of questions about what you see, and take detailed notes so you can have a record for yourself.
Provide treatments to patients and assist with daily tasks
If you have experience and training, you may be permitted to assist physiotherapists as they work with patients.
This will include preparing equipment, updating patient treatment files, and checking in with patients among other daily duties.
Work with disabled children
If you have enough experience you can provide treatment to disabled children at a local school. Many of the centres for disabled people in Mexico receive limited financial support. This means that patients don’t always get all of the treatment and care they need. By participating in this internship programme, you’ll be able to help disabled children who otherwise may not receive enough professional care and treatments.
Where in Mexico will I be working?
You will be placed at a hospital and/or special needs school in Guadalajara, Mexico. You will work in the rehabilitation department of a city hospital. If you have enough experience, you may also get to work with children at a school for those living with disabilities.
Most healthcare facilities in Guadalajara are relatively well equipped. Although hospitals in Guadalajara are closer to European standards than those in many other destinations, they are still very busy.This is a great opportunity to see how physiotherapists work in different countries and how treatments may differ.
Cosmopolitan and energetic, Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. It is filled with leafy greenery, cobbled streets, and magnificent architecture. Renowned for its cultural and culinary scenes, the bustling city centre is relatively modern.
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.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
With beautiful beaches, arresting art galleries, and buzzing restaurants, there’s something for everyone in Mexico. You’ll have plenty to do during your free time on your project in this dynamic country.
There’s something captivating about touring through old buildings. If you’re into neo-gothic architecture, treat yourself to a trip to the Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento. It’s a work of art with its ornate steeples and glowing stained glass windows.
There are also plenty of museums, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the country’s rich history. For something different, you can spend the day appreciating the wildlife and lush vegetation of Las Peñas Ecological Park.
You can’t take a trip to Mexico without tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. You can spend an evening enjoying pozole or tamales at a local restaurant and watching the vivid orange-red sun melt into the horizon.
We have a host of different projects in Mexico so there’ll likely be lots of other volunteers in the area during your trip. So you can choose to travel and explore in a group or on your own.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Mexico
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