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) - Ciudad Mendoza
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) - Aguascalientes
Mexico (AMMEF) - Hermosillo
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad Juarez
Mexico (AMMEF) - Aguascalientes UAA
Mexico (AMMEF) - Puebla UPAEP
Mexico (AMMEF) - Gomez Palacio UAD
Mexico (AMMEF) - Tampico UAT
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad de Mexico ULSA
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad de Mexico UNAM
Mexico (AMMEF) - Matamoros
Mexico (AMMEF) - Poza Rica
Mexico (AMMEF) - Ciudad Obregon
Mexico (AMMEF) - Pachuca
Mexico (AMMEF) - Chetumal
Mexico (AMMEF) - San Luis Potosi

595 SCOPE STUDENTS
154 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
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http://ammef.org.mx/
NEOs
Carlos Alberto De la Torre Cabral
Miguel Antonio Carlos Salazar
NOREs
Veronica Anayansi Moreno Mares
WELCOME NOTE
Welcome to the land 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 their country. Here you will not only live an unforgettable experice, 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 kilometres, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 109 million, it is the 11th most populous country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirtytwo 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 want: sun, beaches, archaeological sites, music, art, gastronomy and the best options for congresses, conventions, trade fairs and expositions.
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Health care 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 (SS) 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 Popular Health Insurance or Seguro Popular covers a very large sector of the Mexican population consisting of selfemployed 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. The Popular Health Insurance, however, offers one package of 260 health interventions with associated medications, offered by all the State Health Services, and 18 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 existance 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. The central component is the graduated profile of each medical school. The other components that are evaluated are divided in substantives and support: The substantive components are: student's entry profile, curriculum and teaching units. The components of support are: administration and resources.

On the other hand, health institutions have become an important part in the formation of 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 of 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 country and many air lines, 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 air lines, British air lines, 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 compañies are an excellent option

Mexican people normally use the bus for move around the country, the cost its cheaper than flights but need more time.
If you need bus the options are: Primera plus, ETN, Omnibus, TAP, ADO.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
Mexico is the land of endless adventure, come to explore and discover with us the greatness of our beautiful country and experience one of the biggest adventures your 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.
MUST SEE
Mexico have some tourist zones.
Arqueological zones: Teohtihuacan, Tulum, Tajìn, Monte Alban, Palenque, Chichen Itza, Koba, TzinTzun Tzan, 
Ecological proctects zones: Islas Marietas, Cañon del sumidero, Cañadas del cobre, Bakalah, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Museums: All cities in Mexico have some musuems. Mexico city for example its 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, Otomis, Mayas, Zapotecs, 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 honour departed relatives and there are often all-night vigils at graves. Market stalls sell pan de muertos and colourfully 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 honour 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 colourful 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! Colourful and vibrant, this fiesta features fireworks, parades, marimba bands and parties and plenty of traditions of the Chiapas region.

Intersting facts about Mexico: 

- Family is always first.Mexican families are HUGE, this is because we invite everyone... cousins, aunts, grandparents siblings and their sons, the wife/husband of all your cousins, grandchildren, the neighbors, etc, everyone is family!) 
- Never trust a Mexican when it comes to spices. 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 them spice up. So.. it doesn't matter if your 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 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 and mezcal. 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 marichis start yealling, we bring out the Mexican partying spirit that we have inside, always party with a Mexican.
- Many Mexican families are pretty traditionalist and conservative, please be careful and respectful. Mexico is a country where Catholism has been huge influence. Most of these families go to church every Sunday, they respect diferent thoughts and opinions, please do the same.
- Mexican people is 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 eatten 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 visa or traveling issues, it must be requested through the official email at least 3 weeks prior the beggining of the following AM or before the deadline set by the hosting National Exchange Officer (NEO in or NORE). 

Always apply for a tourist visa.