Mexico
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Mexico AMMEF
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Spanish
Spanish, English
(GMT-06:00) Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
Mexican peso
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Mexico (AMMEF) - Chihuahua
Mexico (AMMEF) - Culiacan
Mexico (AMMEF) - Durango
Mexico (AMMEF) - Gomez Palacio
Mexico (AMMEF) - Guadalajara (UdeG)
Mexico (AMMEF) - Merida
Mexico (AMMEF) - Coatzacoalcos
Mexico (AMMEF) - Monterrey
Mexico (AMMEF) - Morelia
Mexico (AMMEF) - Saltillo
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tepic
Mexico (AMMEF) - Toluca
Mexico (AMMEF) - Torreon
Mexico (AMMEF) - Veracruz Puerto
Mexico (AMMEF) - Xalapa
Mexico (AMMEF) - Zacatecas
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tampico
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad de Mexico IPN ENMH
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tuxtla Gutierrez
Mexico (AMMEF) - Hermosillo
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad Juarez
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad de Mexico IPN ESM
Mexico (AMMEF) - Aguascalientes UAA
Mexico (AMMEF) - Gomez Palacio UAD
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tampico UAT
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad de Mexico UNAM
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad Obregon
Mexico (AMMEF) - Pachuca
Mexico (AMMEF) - San Luis Potosi
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tampico IEST

595 SCOPE STUDENTS
170 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
http://ammef.org.mx/
NEOs
Javier Ledesma Ledesma Trujillo
Vilma Jennifer Paredes Rentería
NOREs
Cristian Noé Rivera Rosas
WELCOME NOTE
Welcome to the land of endless adventure! With steaming jungles, snow-capped volcanoes, cactus-strewn deserts, coasts strung with sandy beaches, wildlife-rich lagoons, richly sculpted stone churches and mansions, top-class museums and galleries, underground dance clubs, streets full of art, extremely diverse gastronomy, vibrant culture and, above all, Mexican people fiercely proud of their country. Here you will not only live an unforgettable experience but also find friends and people that will make you feel like home.



OVERVIEW
Mexico is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States of America, on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean, on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2 million square kilometers, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and it's the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 127 million people, it is the 10th most populous country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-two states. Mexico is the fourth most bio-diverse country in the world and has a cultural wealth that astounds millions. Here we have everything a visitor could wish for: sun, beaches, archaeological sites, music, art, gastronomy and the best options for congresses, conventions, trade fairs and expositions.
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The health care system in Mexico is divided into two large sectors: the public and the private. It includes small private systems as well as universal health insurance programs. Aside from public insurance and the private healthcare sector, state employees and members of the military enjoy separate insurance schemes.

On one hand, we have the private sector which it is constituted by a network of hospitals and private outpatient clinics (which are accessed either by purchasing health insurance to cover greater expenses, or through direct payments for each visit or service), and also by the private health insurance companies.

On the other hand we have the public sector which is constituted by some public institutions like the Ministry of Health or Secretaria de Salud (SSA) along with the decentralized departments of this ministry in the various states, called State Health Services or Servicios Estatales de Salud (SESA); the Mexican Social Security Institute or Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS); the Opportunities Program IMSS– Oportunidades); the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers or Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales para los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE), as well as the State Social Security Institute or Institutos Estatales de Seguridad Social; and the health services of the National Ministry of Defense or Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the Navy (Semar), and Mexican Petroleum or Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
 
Within the public sector, the IMSS, the ISSSTE, and the health services of SEDENA, SEMAR, and PEMEX serve those who are employed in the formal sector of the economy, whether they be the employees of private companies (served by the IMSS) or employees of public institutions (served by the ISSSTE, SEDENA, SEMAR, and PEMEX). Meanwhile, the Institute for Health and Wellness or Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (INSABI) covers a very large sector of the Mexican population consisting of self-employed workers, informal sector workers, and the unemployed, along with their families and dependants. 

Social security institutions (IMSS, ISSSTE, SEDENA, SEMAR, PEMEX) offer similar coverage to their members, consisting of sickness and maternity insurance, occupational risk insurance, disability and life insurance, insurance for retirement and old age, various social benefits, child care, and other benefits. INSABI, however, offers one package of several health interventions with associated medications, offered by all the State Health Services, and 66 high-cost interventions (pediatric cancers, cervical-uterine cancer, breast cancer, and others) where patients are cared for in more specialized units.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
In Mexico, medical education has become a task shared between higher education institutions and institutions providing health services. In this sense, it corresponds to the faculties and medical schools of the country to elaborate the program content and administer the training process. This is valid both in public and private education.

Mexico currently has 113 medical schools on existence around the country, an average of 2-4 per state. The evaluation process of these schools and faculties of medicine is implemented by the National Association of Schools of Medicine (AMFEM). Recently, a certification system to assess the quality of medical education was created. Medical schools are being assessed and given recommendations to improve the quality of their education. Recertification is required every 5 years by the Mexican Council for Accreditation of Medical Education (COMAEM). The central component is the graduated profile of each medical school. The other components that are evaluated are divided into substantives and support: The substantive components are student's entry profile, curriculum, and teaching units. The components of support are the administration and resources.

On the other hand, health institutions have become an important part of the formation of the physician at the undergraduate level and to a greater extent the training of medical specialists. This last because it is within the health institutions where postgraduate studies are carried out, through educational programs and models traditionally established, endorsed and recognized by the universities and medical schools. In Mexico, the typical figure of the university hospital only exists in an exceptional way; On the contrary, hospitals abound recognized by the universities through cooperation agreements, with the main schools, faculties, and academies of medicine of the country.
TRANSPORTATION
Mexico has airports in all states of the country and many airlines, the more important airports are Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Cancún, but most big cities have an international airport, where airplanes can come and go from every corner of the globe.

Airlines: Aeromexico, AirEuropa, Iberia, Taca, LAN, American Airlines, British airlines, KLM, Lufthansa and many, many more.
National low-cost airlines: Viva Aerobus, Volaris, TAR, Aeromar and Interjet. If you need to travel to small cities, these companies are an excellent option

Mexican people normally use the bus to move around the country, the cost is cheaper than flights but needs more time.
If you need bus the options are Primera plus, ETN, Omnibus, TAP, ADO.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
Mexico is the land of endless adventures, come to explore and discover with us the greatness of our beautiful country and experience one of the biggest adventures you will ever have. You will feel so much like home that you will never want to leave. Mexico is much more than you see on the news and we are so proud of showing you that.

Every local committee has its own way to show the amazing wonders hold by their state, region or the country itself. We like to make sure that our incomings are having a good time and loving our beautiful country as much as we do.

Who said that health and fun couldn't be together? Mexico cares about your health! That's why we've created #HealthyExchanges Yes! That is a thing. You might be wondering what is this thing about. Well, we try to take our incomings to do some walking, jogging, swimming, running, biking, and even hiking, climbing and jumping at least 2 times a month! Our incomings get to see the amazing views that our country has to offer while exercising and having a lot of fun!! Sounds cool no? Still not that interested? Wait until you watch this:



The adventure awaits!! 
MUST SEE
Mexico have several tourist zones.
Arqueological zones: Teohtihuacan, Tulum, Tajín, Monte Albán, Palenque, Chichen Itzá, Koba, TzinTzun Tzan, Paquimé.
Ecological proctects zones: Islas Marietas, Cañon del sumidero, Copper Canyon, Bakalah, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Museums: All cities in Mexico have some museums. Mexico City for example it's the city with more museums in all world.
Antique culture museums and regionals parties.
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
The culture of Mexico has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past few decades and it varies widely throughout the country. Many Mexicans live in cities, but smaller rural communities still play a strong role in defining the country's collective vibrant community. 

The traditions and customs of the Mexican people are varied and diverse. They are proud of their native heritage and each region has its own cultural practices and celebrations. Many of the ancient traditions of their ancestors have been preserved making it a fascinating destination to explore. There are several indigenous groups within Mexico including the Nahuas, Rarámuris, Otomies, Mayas, Zapotecs, Yaquis, Tzeltales and Tzotziles. These have all influenced the Mexican culture in terms of cuisine, medicine, rituals, and language.
Here is a selection of Mexico’s National Days and festivals.

Independence Day - September 16th 
This is Mexico’s most important National Holiday that celebrates Mexico’s liberation from Spanish rule in 1810. Mexico City is a great place to be for this festival with the Cry of Independence being recited in the Zocalo followed by fireworks, music, and dancing.

Day of the Dead - November 1st and 2nd 
During this festival, offerings are made to the souls of ancestors. Shrines are built in homes to honor departed relatives and there are often all-night vigils at graves. Market stalls sell pan de Muertos and colorfully iced sugar skulls. At Lago de Pátzcuaro there is a beautiful torch-lighting ceremony, festive dances and a ceremony on Janitzio, an island in the middle of the lake.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12th 
This is a religious festival held in honor of Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Catholics make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City to see an image of Mary. This is probably the most important religious holiday in Mexico.

Guelaguetza Festival - July
If you are in Oaxaca in July, you may be able to witness this indigenous cultural event that celebrates the traditions and cultures of the region. Traditional clothing, folk dances, and local foods are all part of this colorful event.

Fiesta de San Cristobal - July 16th to 25th July
Also in July is the Fiesta de San Cristobal, held not surprisingly in San Cristobal de las Casas! Colorful and vibrant, this fiesta features fireworks, parades, marimba bands and parties and plenty of traditions of the Chiapas region.

Interesting facts about Mexico: 

- Family always comes first. Mexican families are HUGE, this is because we invite everyone... cousins, aunts, grandparents siblings and their children, the wife/husband of all your cousins, grandchildren, the neighbors, etc, everyone is family!) 
- Never trust a Mexican when it comes to spiciness. Mexican gastronomy is UNESCO heritage for humanity, we really know how to cook and have thousands and thousands of different and delicious meals BUT we really love to spice them up. So.. it doesn't matter if you are going to eat at a food truck down the street or at a fancy Mexican restaurant if a Mexican says "No pica" think it twice before putting that into your mouth. 
- Even though Mexico is a huge and diverse country and the frontier with the USA, some people here do not understand English at all, as a defense mechanism they might act like they didn't hear what you were trying to say. However, we are warriors and we love to make people feel like home, you will find some Mexicans trying to use hand gestures, smiles, and some Spanglish to make you understand and help you out, be patient.
- Yes, we will try to give you tequila, mezcal, sotol or any typical fruity liquor. Mexicans love to party, we might not seem like we like mariachi or any kind of Mexican music at all, but trust me.. as soon as the Son de la Negra starts and the mariachis start yelling, we bring out the Mexican partying spirit that we have inside, always a party with a Mexican.
- Many Mexican families are pretty traditionalist and conservative, please be careful and respectful. Mexico is a country where Catholicism has been a huge influence. Most of these families go to church every Sunday, they respect different thoughts and opinions, please do the same.
- Mexican people are very warm and friendly. Don't get scared if you are walking and someone calls your "primo" (cousin) something that's very common when they are trying to make you feel like part of the family. Also, is common that people say “Buenos Dias” in the morning, “Buenas Tardes”, in the afternoon, or “Buenas Noches” if its night, when you are walking down the street, they are just trying to be polite and friendly, don't be scared. 
- As said before, Mexicans use A LOT of hand gestures, for everything, like showing you the back of the hand as a sign of ’thank you’,  flexing and extending the index finger as a sign of affirmation, among others. Ask your contact person for more examples. 
- Not all the tacos and tortillas are / taste the same. Ask before eating them. Tacos are eaten with the hands, so don't expect to have a spoon, knife or fork with all your meals, watch or ask others if you don't know how to eat something.
- Almost all nightclubs close at 02:00 h but it may vary from city to city. Nightlife and alcohol availability varies too.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
If a hard copy of the invitation letter is needed for a visa or travel issues, it must be requested through the official email at least 3 weeks prior the beginning of the following AM or before the deadline set by the hosting National Exchange Officer (NEO in or NORE). 

Please make sure to read the Exchange Conditions of either SCORE or SCOPE for the official remarks and rules about the exchange. 

Always apply for a tourist visa.