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Christy Liu

SFU Co-op Student
Beedie School of Business › Marketing

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When immersing in your co-op work term placement, it is important to adhere to the cultural expectations.

Work and live in Mexico, a popular tourist country, and experience the pleasant weather and great food. Visit museums, pyramids, beach resorts, and see the unique architecture.

 

“Deserve your dream.”

- Octavio Paz Lozano, Poet 

Hola! ¡Bienvenido a Mexico!

Capital: Mexico City

Currency: pesos

Work and live in Mexico, a popular tourist country, and experience the pleasant weather and great food. Visit museums, pyramids, beach resorts, and see the unique architecture.

Working in Mexico:

Different cultures have different work etiquettes and nuances. When immersing in your co-op work term placement, it is important to adhere to the cultural expectations. The following information is from the Canadian Intercultures website.

  • Attire: Dress code is more formal for work. Women wear makeup and have their hair done to make a good impression.

  • Hierarchy: The owner of the business is usually the decision maker. Skipping over an immediate supervisor is seen as betrayal. Provide ideas only when formally asked.

  • Greetings: Supervisors should be addressed formally (usted) with their title followed by their last name

  • Conflicts: Confront work-related problems in a friendly manner or speak to a supervisor.

  • Punctuality: You should be on time, follow deadlines, and try not to be absent unless there are issues with family or friends.

Interesting Facts:

  • Mexico introduced chocolate, chillies, and corn

  • The volcano rabbit lives here

  • The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America

  • Some Mexicans speak Italian

  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5 honours the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862. (Note: This holiday is not celebrated Mexico as much as it is here in Vancouver)

  • Mango, papaya, coconut and pineapples are common and favourite fruits

  • The region from Sonora to Tmaulipas holds hundreds of dinosaur fossils

Places of Interest:

Traveling and exploring is part of the co-op experience! Below are some attractions and sights that are well-known and breathtaking. For additional attractions, please click here.

  • Playa del Carmen

  • Oaxaca

  • Guanajuato

  • Los Cabos

  • Palenque

  • Tulum

  • Teotihuacan

Adiós!

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About the Author

Christy Liu

SFU Co-op Student
Beedie School of Business › Marketing
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