For Mexico’s most vulnerable, life remains a challenge. In partnership with UBELONG, this internship focuses on working with local community organizations and programs providing services for the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Interns can choose to work with organizations and community centers that work with people with disabilities or with disadvantaged children. Or, students can work with a local food bank that aims to improve the food security of people in poverty.
UBELONG has a reputation for providing very affordable opportunities for students by implementing a model that relies on local partners to provide services such as airport pickup, orientation, housing, meals and field support. Merida is the destination for this program, a city recognized as one of Mexico’s most welcoming destinations. Regarded for its safety, Merida is a fantastic location to explore and experience Yucatan culture. The Plaza Grande, lined by beautiful colonial buildings, is bustling with activity and makes for a great place to stroll or just sit back and relax. Beautiful beaches off the Gulf of Mexico are easily reachable in 40 minutes by bus from downtown Merida, and there are swimming holes and caves (cenotes) that are well worth a visit to cool off from the heat. The Celestun Mangroves, where pink flamingoes can be viewed, is nearby, as are many cultural activities in the area. Some of Mexico’s most impressive Mayan archaeological sites are close, including the famous Uxmal and Chichen Itza, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You can learn more at www.byuglobalhealth.org.