Location
  • Mexico
    • Puerto Vallarta
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Physical Therapy

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Housing
Dormitory

Pricing

Starting Price
$2,995 USD
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare
Jul 06, 2021
Aug 26, 2021

About Program

Join Toucan Abroad and other students from around the US in this highly enriching program. We aim to expand your perspective and grow into future leaders in the field of physical therapy through exposure to the work of licensed PT specialists. You’ll shadow them while they provide expert patient care. Evolve by developing a more holistic view of yourself, your future profession, and the world through immersion into a different society.

For two weeks, you’ll engage in 40 to 60 clinical observation hours in different PT specialties. You’ll also have time to bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Mexico and experience its rich culture.

Toucan Abroad gives you the opportunity to stand out among other PT school applicants through a unique, unparalleled experience abroad through this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Accumulate 40 or 60 hours of clinical observation in different PT specialties, allowing you to gain real practice alongside other undergraduates and licensed therapists.
  • Improve and practice Spanish in the professional health setting.
  • Create meaningful friendships with other students who share your dream of attending a Physical Therapy School.
  • Embark on planned excursions to a stunning rainforest, beaches, as well as other beautiful places!
  • Immerse yourself in Mexican culture, art, food, music, and more!

Program Reviews

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based on 16 reviews
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  • Academics 9
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.9
  • Safety 9.9
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Aiyinde
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Study Abroad

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I throughly enjoyed my time in Mexico. Shadowing the physical therapist, going on multiple excursions and adventures with our group was amazing. The food was good and the locals were amazing. The people that I meet while on this trip were amazing and I consider them to be like family. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get out of the country to boost your physical therapy application this is a good program to be apart of. This is a good program.

2 people found this review helpful.
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Libby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Abroad

Toucan Abroad exceeded my expectations in so many ways! I gained so much hands on experience in the clinics as well as created many connections for my future as a physical therapist! Outside of shadowing, I loved every excursion, adventure, and hang out! I made so many great friends that I would have never connected with if I didn’t take the leap to study abroad. This was very outside of my comfort zone but through the entire experience I was only encouraged to continue to push myself and grow and supported the whole way through the program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to say “yes” to doing everything to get the full experience and learn the most! Never miss an opportunity to part take in a group activity or a new adventure because the time goes by in a blink of an eye and you don’t want to look back and say “I wish I would have done that”!
5 people found this review helpful.
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Phillip
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Abroad

This experience is something I thought I would never be a part of. The program is the best thing that has happened to me in my academic history. The people I met and the clinics I shadowed were truly the best. The people are all so similar and we clicked quicker than I have with anyone else before in my life. When going to clinics, I was expecting to be sitting around doing nothing and just watching the therapists. That was the complete opposite, we were hands on and learning. I learned more on this trip than I have before.

What was your funniest moment?
Conga line on the last night when everyone was having an incredible time
5 people found this review helpful.
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Mia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best time of my life

The friendships I made on this trip are ones I’ll treasure for years to come. This is the most adventurous I’ve ever seen myself be in many aspects. The excursions we went on were thrilling and had me smiling and laughing the whole time. Beyond this, I got amazing professional experience in the clinics. The physical therapists we got to work with were knowledgeable and so excited to share their knowledge and culture with us. I got hands on experience and learned more than I ever could in a traditional study abroad. If you’re unsure about applying for this program, do it!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I could’ve spent more time in this awesome program!
7 people found this review helpful.
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Chevon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great 3 Weeks!

It really was a great 3 weeks! I got to learn alot from the different physical therapists while also exploring what Puerto Vallarta has to offer. I also got to do all of this with a great group of people! Philip Wykowski and Fernando Muñoz did a great job of making this the best experience for each and every one of us! The Physical Therapist are very helpful and you would be able to gain a lot of insight into what Physical Therapy comprises of. This program gives you a chance to step out of your comfort zone which is important in pursing Physical Therapy. Highly recommend!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was when I volunteered to eat a plant at the Botanical garden that was really spicy. My mouth was on fire for a while even with the assistance of water.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Octavio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Abroad Physical Therapy Shadowing

As someone who never had the opportunity to study abroad as an undergraduate, I decided to apply to Toucan Abroad to begin my Physical Therapy Shadowing journey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I found it immensely difficult to volunteer in Los Angeles-based clinics because of the initial lack of vaccine resources. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to run into this Physical Therapy shadowing program online, where I was able to volunteer in three different clinics in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I gained confidence in the field, built my professional network, and met some of the most caring human beings that visited the clinics. I gained experience in Neurology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Sports Injuries, and Wellness Prevention.

Apart from work, we were in Mexico! The food was delicious, the nightlife was great, and the excursions were unforgettable! Phil and Fernando did such a fantastic job organizing this internship-- without them, this entire program would not be possible.

I look forward to reconnecting with them soon and any alumni that happen to be in the Los Angeles area.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I got to try Eye Tacos! The lady at a taco stand was so eager to let me try them and I loved it.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Malachi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Abroad Puerto Vallarta

This was an incredible experience with incredible people. I learned so much just within my first week of shadowing and made lifelong friends. Starting out as a group of strangers and ending as one big family is a priceless experience. The therapists I worked with are very open and knowledgeable and taught me so many things about Physical therapy. I got plenty of hands on training with the patients and learned techniques I can take with me to my future career. I would highly recommend this program if you are interested in physical therapy. Being able to experience a different culture and learn with a diverse group of people, it is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity.

What was your funniest moment?
In the middle of a conversation and got hit with a wave. Mouthful of saltwater
6 people found this review helpful.
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Kaleigh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toucan Abroad PT shadowing review

I had the pleasure to be amongst the first group of interns in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! This experience surpassed everything I expected and I'm still sad I had to leave. You will be placed in settings you've never encountered. There were many occasions where I was uncomfortable being immersed in a culture I knew little about, but thats a part of life and you can't expect to grow while being comfortable. It was incredible to see how much we all changed from start to finish and I know it was for the better! All the PT's and patients were so excited to have us, they even allowed us to be hands on (something you typically aren't allowed to do in a clinic in the US.) Over all I'd recommend this to anyone and I'd do it 100 times over. Living and learning in paradise for 3 weeks felt like an unbelievable dream! I cried on my flight back home because I didn't want to leave my new family, so that should tell you something!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
In general, when ever you're in Mexico I think it's important to have a "go with the flow" attitude, because something is bound to get canceled or delayed so having this outlook will save you a lot of stress
6 people found this review helpful.

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