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Quarter Abroad Mexico - On Site

Latinx Health Internship in Oaxaca


This program spends the first 7 weeks in Oaxaca City, and the final 3 weeks in Puerto Escondido.

In Oaxaca, you will reside with a local family, organized through Child Family Health International. Accommodation includes a single room, and there are generally 2-4 students per home. You must provide your own toiletries. The homestays will be centrally located to facilitate public transportation to classes and internship rotations.

While in Puerto Escondido you will stay in shared rooms with local families organized through CFHI. Air conditioning is not included in the price.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


You will be provided with two meals a day both in Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido; these are covered in your program fees.  In most cases these meals will be prepared by your host families, unless the group is on an excursion. CFHI will also support and prepare you on how to navigate local establishments so you’ll be well equipped to secure any additional meals or snacks you might need.

Excursions & Activities

You will get the opportunity to travel to Puerto Escondido, a beach resort southwest of Oaxaca, for three weeks. While on excursion, you will attend various lectures, participate in clinical visits, learn about region-specific health concerns, and have evenings free for personal leisure.

Several short additional excursions will also take place while the group is in Oaxaca.

Get to Know Your Destination

Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas. With an estimated population of 111 million people, it is the 11th most populous country in the world. It is comprised of 31 states and one federal district, which includes its capital, Mexico City. A majority of the population is of mixed Spanish and indigenous descent, while about 30% are of purely indigenous ancestry, and 10% are of European descent. Spanish is the official language and various Mayan dialects, Nahuatl, and other indigenous languages are also spoken.

Mexico borders the United States in the north, and Belize and Guatemala in the south. Due to the diverse climatic conditions afforded by its geography and to a historic tradition of more than 3,000 years, Mexico has a wealth of natural and cultural resources. It boasts a long tradition in the arts, renowned cuisine, and culture, and it ranks fifth in the world and first in the Americas on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 31.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

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