What is the Health and Medical Internship in Ecuador all about?
This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give you insight into issues in global health, urgent care and medical practice in in an international context. Be part of the bigger picture as you assist the provincial government with their goal to improve the quality of, and access to, healthcare for the vulnerable population.
Shadow local doctors and nurses as you focus on providing medical care to the most vulnerable populations in Quito. The program is based on primary care and it receives patients on a daily basis to be seen by doctors of different specialties (general medicine, dentistry, gynecology, pediatrics, clinical lab and trauma). The project also has a mobile clinic that goes to remote locations of the province to provide medical care.
Depending on your skill set and interests, you may have the opportunity to be placed at a medical center, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, as an intern, you would be able to visit some rural Ecuadorian communities to not only provide medical attention but help educate the young adults on family planning.
Why choose this Health and Medical Internship?
There is a shortage of Ecuadorian medical professionals and interns help to fill this vital gap. Nearly 30% of the population lives in poorer rural communities, where access to health care is very limited. As an intern, you will be shadowing and working alongside healthcare professionals. Interns can work in a variety of areas including family planning education, dental assistance, basic healthcare prevention methods, nutritional education, and much more. Depending on your skills and interests, we will match you with projects that suit your interests. As well as gaining an invaluable insight into the local health-care system, you will also be providing essential services to communities who will greatly benefit from the extra medical support they can get. On a personal level, develop your teamwork and communication skills, making this internship a great addition to your CV / Resume.
Role of the Medical and Healthcare Intern
Health and medical interns in Ecuador will largely observe their supervisor, and may be asked to assist with admitting patients, taking vitals and if your skills and experience deem it appropriate, even administer basic first aid. You may also be asked to shadow or assist a doctor, a dentist, a pharmacist or a lab technician. Your involvement will very much depend on your experience with this placement being suitable for medical, biology or nursing students. Your preferences will be discussed with you and it may be that you rotate around departments or spend more time in one. This will also be determined by the needs and demands of the project at the time. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to accompany doctors on medical outreach missions to provide care to the community. There is also an option for you to participate in sexual health awareness campaigns. Please discuss this with a Kaya advisor if you are interested in incorporating this into your placement during your interview. During your placement, you will have regular meetings with your supervisor to assess your progress.
What skills do I need to be a Medical and Healthcare Intern in Ecuador?
If you are a medical, biology or nursing student you will be able to apply for a position as a medical intern in Ecuador. You will be asked to submit your CV/resume and to attend a Skype interview to be considered for this placement. Participants should also be open-minded, flexible, patient, caring and passionate. You must speak Spanish (level B1 Intermediate User of CEFR) to get the most out of this placement and to contribute effectively to the hospital, clinic or medical center. It is suggested that medical interns who want to get the most out of this placement should sign up for medical Spanish lessons in Quito prior to commencing this placement. Even those who are fluent in Spanish will benefit from these lessons. Interns are asked to complete a learning diary during their placement and to produce a presentation about their learning for the local team at the end of the internship.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain experience working alongside healthcare professionals
Compliment your medical or scientific studies with observational experience
To spend time living and working in the sublime Andes
Where will I work in Ecuador?
Quito is surrounded by natural beauty, by the mountains ringing the city, some volcanic, some with white-capped peaks, lushly forested hills and a fertile valley. Long before the Spanish arrived, Quito was a busy place. It was a major Inca city and was destroyed by the Incas in a scorched earth policy that only briefly halted the Spanish invasion. Quito was named as a world heritage site in 1978 and has wonderful museums, arts and other places of interest to keep you busy.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1971 / $3077 for 4 weeks
£251 / $392 for each additional week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Quito, Ecuador
- Working hours: Vary according to the needs of the placement, expect to work shifts
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Every other Friday
What is included
- Accommodation: Homestay with a family in Quito including hot running water and electricity.
- Food: 2 meals per day – Breakfast and a light dinner
- For your arrival weekend, you will either stay with a host family or in a dedicated house, located at the Middle of the World.
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation on a Saturday, project induction
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Support: 24-hour support
- Local SIM card and phone: (handset deposit of $50 required)
- Excursion planning: Staff will help plan activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra)
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from a qualified professional
What is not included
- Transport between your accommodation and project throughout your placement
- Optional intensive Spanish classes 1 week programme £355 / $621 including accommodation
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Optional excursion on the Sunday of your arrival weekend please speak to an advisor if you want to know more
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?
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