Placements in Merida
- Head to Cancun and nearby Progreso for beaches and nightlife
- Visit Chichen Itza’s awe inspiring Mayan temple ruins
- Dive or snorkel in beautiful underwater ‘cenote’ caves
- Join in some of the many festivals taking place across the city
- Visit Celestun — a stunning nature reserve populated by flamingos
The Work the World House
A big part of the Work the World experience in Merida is living in the house. The Work the World house will become like home. You’ll live with other healthcare students from around the world, giving the house a social feel.
You’ll find the house in one of Merida’s popular suburban districts. The building itself has an open feel, and boasts beautiful modern architecture. There’s even an outdoor pool. You’ll find you’re in close proximity to Merida’s famous city centre, which has all the usual Mexican city fare — mariachi bands playing in the plazas, museums, bars and restaurants for evenings out…. You name it.
Of course you can also hop in a taxi and ask for Progreso Beach — a tropical shoreline where you can sip cocktails and look out into the Gulf of Mexico.
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 home comforts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And don’t worry — they accommodate 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
Before placement starts, you’ll head out on an informal visit to your placement hospital with our team in Merida. They’ll introduce you to your supervisors and other hospital staff to help you find your feet and settle in. Our team in Merida have a strong relationship with the hospital. They’ll come and visit you during your placement just to make sure you’re content that everything is as it should be.
You’ll be assigned supervisors well before your placement starts. Make the effort to show interest and you’ll win respect, which opens up insight into conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can offer.
We offer support all the way through your clinical placement, as and when you need it.
- Supervised hospital placement
- Private catered accommodation
- Dedicated placement coordinator
- 24/7 in-country team
- Language lessons
- Airport pickup
*Prices below are in addition to a $500 registration fee.
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INTENSIVE SPANISH COURSE
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 — both in and out of your placement hospital — 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.
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