The state of Sonora is the second largest state in Mexico, surrounded by sea, desert and mountains it offers something for everyone, it is the ideal destination for any traveler who wants to mix sports with beach and cultural activities. You can choose between a relaxing holiday, enjoying the beautiful landscapes like a sunset with the amazing colors in the sky and the waves of the Sea of Cortez, or you can have a holiday full of excitement on places that are perfect for extreme sports, like sandboarding. Another attraction is its excellent gastronomy with his famouse “carne asada” and the great variaty of seafood.
As a local committee, we ACEM UNISON of Hermosillo, Sonora, are glad to welcome all international exchange students to our state, Sonora, where the desert, forest and beach meet. We can guarantee that our incomings will have a pleasant time at their rotations as well as a lot of fun with the social program. We are expecting you with arms wide open, as Creed would say.
Hermosillo is located in the center of the state of Sonora, 270 km from the border with the United States. You can access by land and by air to the General Ignacio Pesqueira International Airport. Its coastline on the Sea of Cortez measures 1.208 kilometers, which contemplate beautiful beaches and a great variety of natural species that form part of the Aquarium of the World, as it was named by Jacques Cousteau. Besides being an industrial City, Hermosillo has service and business tourism. Hermosillo reminds us at every moment the beauty of nature with its colorful sunsets, desert landscapes, with its white beaches and gentle blue sea that invite us to introspection and enjoyment of the environment. Is the capital of Sonora and offers a wide range of options for those seeking entertainment, art, culture, history, beaches, national and international renowned hotels, resorts, spas, museums, interesting modern architecture, a rich and varied regional cuisine and a close look at the ethnic groups that still keep their traditions alive.
The state’s population is clustered around Nogales (border with US), Ciudad Obregon (in the Yaqui River valley), Guaymas, San Carlos (touristic beaches & port for deep-sea fishing).
And your host city; Ciudad Hermosillo, (the state's capital. Its population is 778,000)
Sonora is home to 8 indigenous groups: Mayos, Yaquis, Pimas, Guarijíos, Series, Pápagos, Cucapá, Kikapoo. Seven of them live in their own autonomous regions.
The Yaquis, are the indigenous group with most inhabitants, close to 35,000, most of them live in communities related to Cd Obregon. Our state’s symbol is their Danza del Venado (Deer Dance) and it represents a battle between the hunter and deer. The Series live in a town of Punta Chueca near the beach of “Bahia de Kino”. They are not related culturally or linguistically to other groups and they have a language isolatate. They are famous by their works of carving the wood of Palo fierro or Ironwood.
- University of Sonora (Universidad de Sonora), the only public school of medicine and biggest university in Hermosillo, Sonora.
- Hospital San Jose de Hermosillo (private hospital)
- Hospital ISSSTESON Dr. Ignacio Chávez (for state workers).
Two projects at the Research department of University of Sonora
- Effects of hyperglycemia in the neurovascular unit of the brain.
- Chemico-structural, molecular, and biological study of chemopreventive compounds isolated from marine organisms.
The incoming student will be provided with one meal a day. It might be at the hospital or at the host family’s place.
The incoming will stay with a medical student family [hosting family] or in an apartment.
Transportation will depend of the location of the host family’s home or department.
It could be by foot, public bus (that has a cost of 9 pesos), uber or by cab if the student is willing to pay for the service. Occasionally, members of the local committee can give the student a ride. At his or her arrival, the student will be provided with a map of the city or information with the bus lines that he will need to move around.
Schedule depends on each department.
Hospital ISSSTESON Dr. Ignacio Chávez.
White clothes and white coat are mandatory.
A copy of the insurance and two photographies children size (2.5 x 3cm).
For surgery, scrubs are needed.
Hospital San Jose de Hermosillo
White coat is obligatory.
In order to accomplish the exchange conditions and acquire the certificate, the student must fill the 80% percent of assistance and the logbook.
The exchange student must bring a blank logbook performed by IFMSA México
Historical weather during summer: 44º - 22ºC
Historical weather during winter: 25º - 8ºC
What to bring in your suitcase? Make sure you should bring a swimsuit, sunglasses, shorts, tennis shoes,
sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a hat.
Here are some web pages showing briefly some of the things to see in Hermosillo and Sonora.
Alamos FAOT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TROoeQSZcVs
insurance contract to when he or she arrives; otherwise, we will cancel the exchange according to the International