Students take part in a training activity at their Public Health placement for teenagers in Mexico.

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Mexico

Learn directly from healthcare professionals and do health checks and raise awareness of disease in local communities

Spend part of your summer doing public health work with other teenagers in Mexico. You’ll work alongside experienced healthcare professionals, who’ll teach you basic medical skills. You’ll use these skills to help people during outreaches, and raise awareness about diseases. This is a great way to add practical experience to your CV, which could help your future career.  


In Mexico, many disadvantaged communities don’t have access to basic healthcare services. Rural clinics are understaffed, and don’t have enough funds or equipment. You’ll be part of our efforts to give these communities the medical services they need.


You’ll live and work in the city of Guadalajara, and stay with other teenagers at a local host family. Our staff are with you every step of the way. They’ll organise fun social activities in the evenings and a sightseeing trip over the weekend for you.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 877 921 9666 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school break

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Guadalajara (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • 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

  • 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 personalized fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalized 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

  • Organized weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is Public Health work in Mexico for teenagers right for me?

This project is perfect for any teenager interested in adding practical medical experience to their CV and helping people in need at the same time. This will give you an extra edge in applications, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews. In addition, the work you do will demonstrate your commitment to helping others.


You don’t need any previous experience to join. You’ll learn everything you need to know from local healthcare professionals and our staff are there to guide you. 


This project is designed specifically for teenagers. You’ll share the experience with other volunteers your age. We have a set itinerary in place, and our staff are there every step of the way for guidance and support. 

At her Projects Abroad Public Health placement for teenagers in Mexico, an intern checks a woman’s vital signs.

What will I do at a Public Health placement in Mexico for teenagers?

On this internship, you’ll learn from healthcare professionals and focus on doing outreach work and raising awareness. You’ll assist with the following activities:


  • Run community outreaches and support nursing staff
  • Conduct educational health campaigns
  • Expand your horizons through unique experiences


Your internship will be divided through the following ways:


Support nursing staff during outreach work


On this project, your focus will lie in promoting healthy lifestyles. You will help develop and carry out individualised health strategies for each community.


On outreaches, you’ll work alongside a local nurse and learn from observing and assisting while they diagnose and treat patients. You can get involved in a variety of activities, including basic health checks, immunisation drives, and performing checks of vitals on babies and the elderly. Nurses can then use this data to make referrals or recommend lifestyle changes that could prevent illness.


Organise educational health campaigns


You will also participate in conducting educational health campaigns, where you can lead discussions about health and hygiene. You’ll work in local schools, care centres and with community groups.


Expand your horizons


While helping the local community, you will also get a chance to expand your own horizons. Since you will be living with a host family, you will get to interact with locals on a daily basis and learn more about the unique culture of Mexico.


It’s also an excellent way to improve your Spanish or learn a new language.


As part of the itinerary, we will take you on a weekend trip to further explore Guadalajara. This will give you a chance to see more of this part of Mexico and gain a greater understanding of local life.

Where will I work in Mexico?

Guadalajara

This project is based in Guadalajara, located roughly 400 kilometers northwest of Mexico’s capital, situated in the state of Jalisco. The city is often described as the “most Mexican of all Mexico’s cities”, partly because the culture is authentically traditional in so many ways.


The majority of your time will be spent working in areas on the outskirts of Guadalajara where there is often little to no access to healthcare services. You’ll also work in schools or care centres and provide basic medical care and education.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Mexico Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims of this project?

The aim of this internship is to give high school students like yourself the opportunity to assist the community through basic healthcare services.


You’ll be helping to provide much-needed care to people in remote communities. Healthcare facilities are few and far between in the rural outskirts of Guadalajara. The work you do during outreaches will help improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups. It also makes it easier for people to monitor their health and get treatment if needed.


In the process, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to pursue a career in healthcare.


Join our Public Health High School Special in Mexico today, and support communities by providing basic medical care.

Students at their Public Health placement for teenagers in Mexico, learn how to take vital signs during an outreach.

Management Plans

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.


We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Guadalajara. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mexico and have a truly unique experience.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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