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Honduras (IFMSA Honduras) - Tegucigalpa - UNAH CU

Gabriel Ortez
Karla Barrientos
Andrea Trejo
Gessell Ramón Waldan Bueso

Welcome to the heart of Central America. We are land and sea, we are people, we are culture, we are here for you... We are Honduras, a five-star country!

Honduras, love at first visit!

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Honduras is located in the heart of Central America. It borders three countries: Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. To the north is the Caribbean Sea, with extensive white sand beaches and the second greatest coral reef barrier in the world. Our Caribbean bay islands are magnets to divers and all kinds of wildlife, such as sea turtles, dolphins, and the largest fish of the world, the whale shark (don’t worry, they are harmless). To the south is the Pacific Ocean, with a black sand gulf that embraces calm waters. Apart from our breath-taking tropical beaches, our land is full of forests, national parks, and mountains that contribute to our extensive flora and fauna. Our country is rich in archaeology and history; Copan Ruinas is an ancient Mayan political and ceremonial site, full of sculpture and architecture.

We guarantee that your research participation or clinical clerkship here will be a memorable experience found nowhere else. Our goal is for you to apply previous knowledge and learn more by practicing. That’s why, with the help of a capable professor and a team of skillful medical students, you will be in direct contact with patients, making real-life medical decisions. You will also learn about laboratory work, fieldwork, and the different ways we do research in our country.

Need more reasons to come to Honduras? Our people are warm and friendly, the weather is amazing and our food and coffee is exquisite (we highly recommend you try one of our most iconic dishes, the baleada). Besides, we can assure you that visiting Honduras won’t be as expensive as you think! We are one of the most affordable countries in the region. So, what are you waiting for? IFMSA-Honduras welcomes you with open arms.

Honduras has three health care systems. One is private, which is mostly for people who can afford it or have private insurance plans. Another one is a semi-public, the “social security” system, which is for public and private institution workers and their families (unfortunately, the medical coverage there is not always available). The semi-public system is partially subsidized by the government. The third system is public, which aims to provide healthcare to most of the population, and as exchange student, you will be working in this system. Your clerkship will take place at the biggest hospital in the country, which also receives the most patients. There, you will observe all kind of pathologies in all kinds of people; you will learn to face problems, and most importantly, be part of the solution.

In Honduras there are three medical universities. At present, clerkships will only be provided in the Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Honduras) and in their associated teaching hospital. As an interesting fact, the majority of research projects from students are GAP (Global Action Projects) projects or clinical projects, which can require work or tests from the mentioned hospital. 

In Honduras, it takes eight years to complete the medical education program; four years of preclinical studies, two years of clinical studies, one year of clinical internships and one year of social service. During the third to the fourth year of medical school, students are allowed to start having contact with patients. From the fifth year on, students get immersed in the clinical atmosphere. Here, they get involved in patient evaluation, care and solving their health problems. 
Honduras has two main airports, one in the capital city, Tegucigalpa, and another in San Pedro Sula. But there are smaller airports in other tourist cities. Some of the international airlines are: United Airlines, Avianca, Air Europe, American Airlines, Delta, and many more.

Some national airlines are: Aerolineas Sosa, CM airlines, EasySky, Aerocaribe, and Lahnsa.

A driver assigned to you will provide transportation between the host’s house to the hospital and vice versa, as well as for some social program activities or any field work.

After a long week in the hospital, get ready to relax and enjoy our BEAUTIFUL country!

During your stay, there will be a specific social program every weekend depending on the time of the year. Programming will include a welcome party, visiting restaurants, bars, clubs, museums, nearby cultural villages, nearby natural parks, and other activities. Our LEO or LORE will contact you ahead of your exchange and you can ask for the social program or suggest something you’d like to add (anything that will enhance your stay here). We’ll be glad to help you plan your trip to Honduras’ must-see destinations.

1) Utila, Bay Islands
Located in the second greatest coral reef barrier in the world, Utila is a unique place for scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. On land you will find a small, friendly community of people from all over the world. A paradise where you can party and relax in calm, turquoise waters. Definitely an opportunity you can’t miss!

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Cayos Cochinos is an archipelago composed by two large cays (Cayo Menor and Cayo Mayor) and 13 smaller cays. This beautiful paradise is located around 13 kilometers away from the city of La Ceiba and it offers an incomparable experience. Cayos Cochinos was named a Marine National Monument in 2013 for its precious and abundant natural wealth. Due to the charm of its coral reef and exotic fauna, we can say there is nonesuch place for snorkeling and scuba diving! Cayos Cochinos is a true honduran gem that we're extremely proud of and encourage everyone to visit.

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Tela is a charming town found on the northern coast of Honduras. Considered as one of the main destinations for tourists due to its tropical weather, clear water and white sand beaches, we can guarantee Tela will delight you. Tela has two National Parks, one on each side of the Bay: Jeanette Kawas, known popularly as Punta Sal, on the west end of the bay and Punta Izopo on the east . One of Tela’s landmarks is the Lancetilla Botanical Garden, which is considered the second largest tropical garden in the world! It's rich nature, splendid landscapes, amazing restaurants and fun environment will make your visit an unforgettable experience.

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4) Lake Yojoa
Lake Yojoa, Honduras’ largest lake, is situated to the side of the highway that connects Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, making it a perfect place for travelers to stop by. Here they can rest, appreciate the view and try the popular fried fish sold by locals. Other activities in the area include fishing, kayaking and bird watching.

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5) Taulabé Caves
Twenty km south of Lake Yojoa you can visit Taulabé Caves, a network of underground caves with unusual stalactite and stalgmite formations. Its main cave has a length of 11 km, of which only 921 m have been explored. These caves are an ideal place for the adventurous ones!

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6) Copán Ruins
Built over one thousand years ago, this was one of the greatest cities of the Mayan civilization. It represents one of their most spectacular achievements due to the magnitude of its architectural and sculptural monuments. The city is very traveller-oriented, with plenty of day and nightlife.
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Hondurans are very friendly and kind, and they will help you anytime you need it. Dress code is casual. Most of the people are catholic but other religions are respected. Smoking in universities, restaurants, bars, clubs, and (sometimes) even the street is prohibited. There are some slang words you will get used to during your stay here.
To summarize all the information you need to know we have developed a Survival Kit for all our Incoming students. You will receive a copy of your CA. 

There are ATMs nearby the university and all over the city. Many places accept dollars in case you run out of lempiras. You can bring your cellphone, tablet, and laptop and use it during class (for academic purposes only). There is no Wi-Fi in the hospital, but you will have access to the internet at your host family’s house or the restaurants near the hospital.