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Physiotherapy Elective Placements in Mexico

  • Placement locations: Guadalajara
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous physiotherapy training
  • Requirements: You must speak Spanish to a basic level. You must be currently studying at university for a degree in Physiotherapy. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Physiotherapy project in Mexico page
  • Type of placement: Hospitals and a school for children with disabilities
  • 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

Student Physiotherapists taking their Electives in Mexico have an exciting experience. If you decide to take your Elective here, you will be placed in one of the busy Guadalajara city hospitals or in a school for disabled children, depending on your chosen specialism.

Projects Abroad will help co-ordinate your trip to Mexico and will liaise with your university, making sure your placement fulfils their criteria. We are experienced in supporting elective students and our in-country staff are on hand to answer any questions and help with any paperwork you may have to complete before departure.

In Mexico you will be allocated a qualified member of staff who will be your dedicated supervisor. They will ensure you have time with them to discuss case studies and they will answer any questions you may have. Your supervisor will be keen to help you gain valuable experience in the hospital. The City hospitals in Guadalajara are busy places. Make sure you take extensive notes throughout your time so you can refer back to them.

Your Role on a Physiotherapy Elective

Physiotherapy student volunteers outside the hospital in Mexico

As a physiotherapist on your elective, you will shadow existing staff when they treat patients. How much hands on work you get while on your 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.

In hospitals you could work with various cases including patients recovering from operations and stroke victims. You could also work in a school for children with disabilities. These children need focused one-to-one attention to help them with their motor skills, which will help improve the quality of their lives.

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

While completing your Physiotherapy Elective 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 way of life. You can explore Guadalajara on your days off 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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