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 AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
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 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
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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?
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.
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.
This trip made me more excited to be in the medical field.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Mexico
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