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The Mexico Program

Through an alliance with governmental and private institutions, the Mexico program combines an urban and rural clinical and public health rotation.  The urban clinical rotation is in an inpatient/outpatient hospital that has been integrated with the Red Cross for the past 30 years.  The focus of the urban rotation is on primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and emergency medicine.

The focus of the rural rotation centers on public health such as community-based research project, primary care support, mental health, health education, and illiteracy projects.

Services:  Health, teaching, and community requested programs

The Mexico program participants spend the whole week working in a rural and/or urban clinic run by the municipality or by the city.

Under the supervision of a physician, mornings are spent either working in the clinic, or going out to other hamlets that surround that village providing basic care such as diabetes checks, BP checks, vitamin program (giving vitamins to kids), and checking for any major health problems.

Depending on the patient load, participants work in the afternoon in the clinic, but one of the most popular community programs that participants in IASE have offered to the community has been teaching English to children and adolescents.  Furthermore, participants have developed a health education "get together" that is culturally sensitive and relevant to adults, adolescents and children.

In addition, participants, in groups of two to three, make visits to other clinics/community centers, neighborhoods, and/or house visits that are outside the village.

All health and educational programs are designed to encourage prevention and sustainable solutions.  But most importantly, most of the activities or programs are developed because of the communities' requests.

Learning: Language classes, seminars, and community research projects

Participants attend classes and seminars four times a week.  Typically, participants take Spanish language, Nahuatl (the indigenous language of the region), medical Spanish language, the appropriate use of medical terminology and colloquial idioms, seminars in traditional health practices, Pre-Hispanic History and Art, Colonial Mexican History, Mexican psychology, and the economic, political and social issues in Mexico.  These seminars are offered at different times during the week.  Language classes may vary depending on the students language proficiency from four and a half hours to at least two hours per week (one session is devoted to the rural slang). Each week, the seminar topic changes.  Seminars are held in Mazatepec and in Cuernavaca throughout the week.

In addition, participants work on specific community research projects that have been approved by IASE and the participant's home institution.  These projects provide an opportunity for participants and community members to work together on an issue that is of importance to them and to the growth of their community.

Furthermore, excursions are offered to participants to different areas of interest:  the pyramids, local markets, the Cortez palace, and other points of cultural interest.


Participants may stay with a host family or in an IASE residence in Mazatepec and/or in Cuernavaca.

Meals, sheets and towels are included.

Calendar and Course Schedule

Spring Program begins March 6th, 2007.

Summer Program, Session 1 begins June 5th, 2007.

Summer Program, Session 2 begins July 18th, 2007.

Fall and Winter Program commencement and duration to be announced.

Participation in the Mexico Program is either 6 or 8 weeks.  Students may request four weeks.

IASE reserve the right to change or cancel the Mexico program dates at any time at our discretion.


IASE will not be responsible for any loss or damage to self or personal property. IASE requires that students obtain travel insurance that provides reimbursements for health care abroad and emergency evacuation insurance.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of circumstances beyond our control, IASE reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. 

Payments are nonrefundable, absent extraordinary circumstances, as determined at the sole discretion of IASE.  Please note that any airfare penalties charged by any airline or travel agent are not the responsibility of IASE.


Registration Fee (non-refundable)     $110

Program Fee                                  $480/week

Fees are subject to change.




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Mexico Program

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