Merida is a city rich in culture and you’ll have the chance to see everything from Mayan temples to mariachi bands. And when you want a break from the bustle, head to the paradise beaches stretching along the east coast. If you’re after an authentic Latin American experience, you won’t find anywhere more memorable than Mexico.

The Work The World House

A big part of your experience overseas is living in the Work the World house. The house feels like your home from home. Living with other healthcare students from all over the world gives the house a social feel.

Our house in Merida is in the heart of one of the city’s up-and-coming suburban districts. The building is open, light and airy, boasting modern architecture and design throughout.

There’s even an outdoor pool. It’s easy to access Merida’s famous city centre, which has all the typical fare you’d expect from an affluent Mexican city — mariachi bands playing in the plazas, museums, bars and restaurants for evenings out.

Of course, you can also take a short taxi ride to find tropical shoreline where you can sip cocktails as you gaze out over the Gulf of Mexico.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodaing all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our team in Merida will take you on an informal visit to your hospital before your internship starts. The idea is for you to meet your supervisors and other departments, helping you settle in.

Our team in Merida have a strong presence in our partner hospital. They’ll visit you a few times while you’re in the hospital to make sure everything is running smoothly.

We’ll assign your hospital supervisors before placement begins. Spend some time building rapport, and staff will offer up insider knowledge that only a local practitioner can.

In short, we offer support all the way through your clinical internship, as and when you need it.

Healthcare Internships in Mexico


Our programs are open! You can book your Work the World overseas internship with total confidence. Once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.

You’ll find peace of mind in the knowledge that our well-established safety measures help mitigate the risks associated with Covid, whichever destination you travel to. This is because our safety blueprint gives us control over each and every aspect of your experience from your in-country team's safety training to sanitisation of your private accommodation.

Need a last-minute internship? We have developed a fast-track that lets us plan and build you a world-class trip, faster than ever.


Internships in Merida

Medical Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Medical Internships

On this medical internship in Mexico, Latin America, you'll get experience in a modern, high specialty hospital where patients seek complex procedures such as open-heart surgeries and gastrointestinal operations. You will also have access to the hospital’s high-tech theatre simulation room — something few have the opportunity to experience. To see the other side of government healthcare, you can spend time in an institution with far fewer resources. This hospital is much more typical of underfunded healthcare systems. Here, you can gain experience with tropical diseases like Chagas, chikungunya, dengue, river blindness, and West Nile virus.

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Nursing Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Nursing Internships

Our partner hospitals here present you with a variety of opportunities. The first institution is government run and funded, yet surprisingly modern. Most patients here are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, presenting with cases more advanced than you’re used to. Common treatments in this hospital include neurosurgery and gastrointestinal procedures. You can also get experience in a low-resource hospital. Here, you could attend to patients presenting tropical diseases you may never have heard of like chikungunya, dengue fever and Chagas. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn how local staff manage with so few resources at their disposal.

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Midwifery Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Midwifery Internships

One of our partner hospitals is focused on maternity, exclusively handling expectant mothers and infant pediatrics. The hospital has around 150 beds and it’s busy. You’ll get a range of experience here. Over the past twenty years, infant mortality rates have halved. This is, in part, thanks to the resourcefulness of local staff. You’ll see firsthand the techniques that helped them to achieve this impressive reduction in infant mortality. You will, however, still see a number of intrapartum complications that no amount of resourcefulness can overcome. Sometimes there's just no substitute for equipment.

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Physiotherapy Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Physical Therapy Internships

Physical therapy internships in our partner hospital give you experience with a range of cases, both familiar and unfamiliar. These range from everyday strains to severe burns and beyond. Seeing patients alongside the local staff team, you’ll help rehabilitate patients recovering from surgeries, patients with neurological conditions such as Bell’s palsy and strokes among others.

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Paramedicine Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Paramedicine Internships

You’ll undertake your paramedicine internship in a hospital established in 1550. It’s the oldest in the city. The majority of Merida’s emergencies are routed to the ED here, so you can expect it to be busy. Many patients who come to the adult ED are economically disadvantaged. A lot of them work in manual labor, which sometimes results in accident-induced trauma. In the pediatric ED, you’ll see a totally different range of cases, some of which you’ll see sent to the stabilisation room before being referred to other specialist departments.

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Radiology Internships, Mexico (Merida)

Radiology Internships

Our radiology internships in Merida offer you the chance to get to grips with some of the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging technologies and practices found anywhere. Patients here typically present with conditions more advanced than you’re used to, which is often the result of the healthcare system’s long referral process. This makes detecting and diagnosing cases far more interesting. Getting experience with technologies like cobalt and brachytherapy is also entirely possible if your interests lie in radiology.

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Dentistry Internships, Peru (Arequipa)

Dentistry Internships

In our partner hospital, you’ll see patients with all manner of conditions. In some instances, you’ll be able to administer treatments under the supervision of local specialists. A high percentage of people in Mexico show signs of periodontal disease, which reflects the population’s limited access to oral and dental health education. The department carries out the majority of standard procedures like restorations and fillings, but many patients present late. That means many cases will be more advanced than anything you’ve seen at home.

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This week-long Spanish course is designed to help you get even more from your trip to Mexico. If you want a more immersive experience - this course is for you. You'll start the week before your placement, enjoying all the benefits of living in the Work the World house. The lessons themselves are catered to your clinical discipline, but you’ll also learn useful day-to-day phrases in both one-to-one and group sessions.


"Travelling alone for the first time gave me so much more confidence and independence."

Niamh Corry, University of Liverpool 2019

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"I got an in-depth look at how economic circumstances can affect the quality of surgery for patients."

Sophie Hodson, Hull York Medical School 2019

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"We had so many opportunities to observe a variety of different procedures."

Claudia Leney, University of Surrey 2019

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"Discussing auditory cues for a patient with mid-stage Parkinson’s disease was a highlight."

Rebecca Townsend, University of East London 2019

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"Having completed the course I was a lot more aware of what was happening during ward rounds and in emergency situations, which I maximised my learning."

Holly Spence - Intensive Spanish Course, University of Edinburgh 2019

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