Electives 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
The Work the World house in Merida plays a big role in your overseas experience. It’s your home away from home. You’ll live with other healthcare students, which gives the house a welcoming social atmosphere.
The house is located in one of the city’s most popular suburban districts. The house has an open design, boasting beautiful modern architecture and an outdoor pool.
Living here, you’ll be in close proximity to Merida’s famous city centre with all the usual fare — mariachi bands playing in the public plazas, museums, and bars and restaurants in the evenings.
A short taxi ride gets you to a tropical beach upon which 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 familiar home comforts, accommodating 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 your peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
Before your placement starts, you’ll head out (with our in-country team) on an informal visit to your placement hospital. Introducing you to key department staff and your supervisors, the team will help you get your bearings and settle in. Our team in Merida have a presence in the hospital too. They’ll visit you during your placement to make sure it’s living up to your expectations throughout.
We assign your in-hospital supervisors well before your placement commences. Show enthusiasm and they’ll give you insight into conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can.
In short, we fully support throughout your clinical placement if 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 £300 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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