Looking to improve your Medical Spanish language skills? In our multi-cultural society these skills can be invaluable to a medical practitioner in the US, Europe or anywhere in Latin America.
If your conversational Medical Spanish isn’t good enough to impress your cadaver, we’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad. It is a total immersion program in Ecuador that will give you an insight into issues in global health, traditional medicine, medical practice in resource poor communities, and thorough, targeted medical language study so you will be able to communicate effectively with patients and staff in your particular field of medicine. If you have existing Spanish speaking skills (especially those who are Independent user level B1 of CEFR) you will find this placement extremely rewarding. Beginners are also welcome as the course will be tailor made to meet their needs.
Why choose this program?
As one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, Spanish is an great option for you to choose. And if you really want to get to grips with the language then Ecuador is a great place to do so – with Andean Spanish considered the most clear and easy to understand in the world. By learning Medical Spanish in Ecuador you will be immersed in the language as well as experiencing the wonderful culture.
On the first day of your Medical Spanish course you will complete a written and oral test to assess your current level of Spanish (excluding beginners). The course will be tailored to your needs and a daily lesson plan will be prepared by the teacher. A one-to-one approach is used so that you have the full attention and support of the teacher and gain confidence in your speaking abilities. The focus of the course will be as follows:
- For beginners: basic vocabulary for reading and understanding
- Vocabulary with a focus on human anatomy
- Oral expression
- Practical Spanish conversation for conducting medical appointments
- Understanding: readings and lectures about medicine, science and technology development
The course content is written by professionals and delivered by experienced teachers. The language school has a library containing different kinds of books and essays about Ecuadorian history, economy, tourism, grammar, literature, natural sciences, geography and more, which you are welcome to read.
If you are interested in joining a health volunteering placement and would like to add on a week of Spanish before starting why not add on a week in Quito studying Medical Spanish so that you can develop your language before interacting with local healthcare professionals and patients. Please ask your Kaya Placement Advisor for a price.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Learn targeted medical Spanish vocabulary
Develop your language skills so you are able to gain healthcare experience abroad
Learn and converse with a native Spanish speaker
The language school is based in Quito in an area close to many hotels and restaurants not far from the main tourist area. The area is mainly residential and is safe for locals and tourists. The school itself is lovely and bright with a huge terrace where Spanish lessons are taught.
Quito is set in a beautiful location, surrounded by mountains, some volcanic, some with white capped peaks, forested hills and a fertile valley. Before being destroyed by a fire Quito was a major Inca city but attempts to keep a Spanish invasion at bay backfired. However, all was not lost as Sebastián de Benalcázar recognized the potential of the location and founded San Francisco de Quito in 1534. An annual celebration marks this on December 6 and is called Fiestas de Quito.
Quito has plenty to offer day and night. There are wonderful museums, arts and other places of interest to keep you busy in you free time. Check out some of the boutiques and the handicraft market where you are sure to find scarves, rugs, ceramics and of course, the panama hat. Evenings are fun in Quito whether you prefer to have a meal in a restaurant serving Ecuadorian cuisine, to dance the night away or enjoy a drink in one of its many bars. There is something for everyone.
Details & Costs
- Cost: £1090/$1908 for a 1 week
£1380 / $2415 for 2 weeks
- Location: The course is held at in Quito, Ecuador
- Requirements: 16+, some Spanish is useful but is not a requirement
- Working hours: 20 hours per week
- Course Dates: Throughout the year. Please contact a Kaya Placement Advisor to discuss dates.
- Arrival day: Twice monthly on a Friday. Please speak to an advisor.
What is included
- Accommodation: Staying with a homestay family in Quito
- Food: 2 meals per day. Breakfast and a light dinner
- Airport pickup and drop off in Quito
- 1 night stay in a hostel in Quito, breakfast included
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation on Saturday provided
- Local SIM card and phone: All volunteers are given a local SIM card to use and a mobile phone (deposit $50 required and must be returned when you leave)
- Written information and course materials
- 40 hours of intensive Medical Spanish lessons
What is not included
- Meals beyond those mentioned above
- Police/Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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