Tropical Medicine & Community Health (2 Week Intensive)

Location: Mexico: Puerto Escondido

Term: Throughout the year

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Child Family Health International

400 29th St #508 Oakland, CA 94609 United States

Call Us

Phone: 415-957-9000

Fax: 415-840-0486


Previously called the Tropical Medicine and Rural Health program, the program is run by Child Family Health International (CFHI). Participants get the chance to learn about tropical diseases in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, while improving their conversational Spanish language skills. They will also learn medical terminology.

Service opportunities will vary, from work at primary care facilities to awareness promotion for rural diseases through a control program. Malaria is one of the most common issues that students will encounter during their experience here. Other diseases include dengue fever, chagas, and parasites that frequent tropical climates.

Participants will also get the chance to support the work of doctors who treat diabetes, as it has become a primary cause of death in the community and they often lack resources to diagnose and treat it.


1. Get involved with the Malaria Brigades, an initiative to control malaria.

2. Enrich your medical education and experience on an international level.

3. Provide service to a grateful community, and learn about their culture.

4. Receive debriefing materials after the tripm and stay connected as an alumnus.

5. Learn about climate unique diseases while developing your Spanish language skills with medical vocabulary.


Language Ability

This program is open to those who possess:
* Conversant Spanish
* Fluent Spanish
* For those who are not completely confident with their language skills before participation in this program, we strongly recommend that you arrive at your program site early and pay extra for additional Spanish instruction before you begin the CFHI program. Minimal Spanish skills are NOT sufficient for this program!

This program is open to participants who are 20 or over at the time of participation. We accept students of all nationalities with interest in international health and relevant educational background. Participants may be any of the following:

* Medical Residents, MD & DO
* Medical Students, MD & DO 1-2
* Medical Students, MD & DO 3-4
* Pre-Medical Students
* Post-bacc pre-medical students
* Gap year pre-medical students
* Graduate nursing students
* Nursing Students
* MPH Students
* Pre-health students
* Physicians Assistants Students
* Naturopathic students

If you do not fit into one of these categories, please contact us to see if you would be eligible to apply.

Intern Types
  • Spanish
  • Nursing
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Include Description:

What's included?

* Pre-departure and on-site orientation materials and guidance
* Accommodation with a local homestay family with 2 meals per day within program dates
* International Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation Insurance
* Airport pick up on arrival
* Fifteen hours of Spanish classes.
* All preceptor, hospital and coordinator fees
* Weekly meetings with coordinator and Medical Director

What's not included?

* Airfare to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
* Airport Drop-off
* Passport or visa fees
* Local transportation to and from clinic sites

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Medicine
  • Health Care
  • Health
Age Range
20 or older
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Mexico


Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded