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Volunteer Overseas

Medicine Elective Placements in Mexico

  • Placement location: Guadalajara
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
  • Requirements: You must speak Spanish to a basic level. You must be currently studying at university for a degree in Medicine. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Medicine project in Mexico page
  • Type of placements: Hospitals
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Qualified supervisor, food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Elective students on a Medicine project in Mexico will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience. You will work in city hospitals in Guadalajara that are well equipped and close to the standards of Western hospitals.

A volunteer helps with surgery in Mexico

Projects Abroad will help organise your placement in collaboration with your university. We will ensure it meets the aims and objectives of your elective placement requirements. We are also available to help with any pre-departure paperwork you may need. When in Mexico, you will have a supervisor who will mentor you during your stay. They are qualified medical staff and will ensure you learn as much as possible about medical and healthcare practice in Mexico. They will answer your questions and be available to discuss specific case studies with you.

As a student in medicine, you will chose which departments you wish to work in depending upon your preferred specialism. Departments include gynaecology, haematology, paediatrics, pathology, anaesthesia and surgery. You will take on a mainly observational role. The level of hands on work you get depends upon the hospital and your previous experience. By showing initiative and building a good rapport with your colleagues, you may be able to get very involved with the doctors and patients with whom you are working.

Requirements for Elective Students

Students need to speak some Spanish to join our Mexican Medicine Elective programme. If you are unsure as to whether your Spanish is good enough for the programme 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 Medicine Elective programme. This gives them the opportunity to brush up their language skills before the medical part of their placement.

While you are 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 day-to-day life. You can explore Guadalajara with the very active Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Please be aware that most universities have deadlines by which time your Elective application paperwork must be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you have any questions please call us on 01273 007230.

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