This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine, urgent care and medical practice in a community for middle class Ecuadorians and poor indigenous communities. We have options for interns to work in a hospital or with the Red Cross.
Hospital work consist of shadowing doctors. In the poorer communities there are issues with nutrition and a lack of awareness of general health issues such as contraception, and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The hospital offers a range of services to the local community and departments include ER, x-ray, pharmacy, surgical, lab, cardio and obstetrics. The hospital also runs an ambulance service.
If you chose to work in rural communities’ health centres, you will be asked to provide medical aid, prevention education, and resources to people that do not have access to good healthcare. You will get the opportunity to help very disadvantaged people, living in extreme poverty.
While working with the Red Cross, you will be able to experience ambulance type of work, assist in research projects, working in the lab, learn about first aid and create youth empowerment programs.
Why choose this project?
There is a major gap in the number of Ecuadorian medical professionals and medical interns help to fill in this gap. Nearly 30% of the population lives in largely poorer and 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. Not only will you gain invaluable insight into the local health-care system, develop your team working and communication skills which will look great on your CV/Resume. You will also be providing essential services to communities who will greatly benefit from any extra medical support they can get.
Role of the volunteer
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 or 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 and a placement on this project is suitable for medical, biology or nursing students. Your preferences will be discussed with you and it may be that you rotate around departs or spend more time in one. This will also be determined by the number of other interns at the time of your placement and the needs and demands of the project. Those of you that want to learn about the approaches taken to indigenous treatment may be able to do so. You might also be able to accompany doctors on medical brigades to provide care to the community. Building a relationship with your supervisor is as important as evidence of qualifications on this placement. There is also an option for you to participate in awareness campaigns in sexual health education. 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.
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. 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. 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
Depending on your interest and experience you might be placed in either of these three locations:
- 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.
- Riobamba is a city located 3 hours from Quito and 2 hours from the Amazon near to a spectacular volcano. During the week why not visit some of the cafes, bars and other sites of the city. At weekends you can take hiking trips into the Amazon to take in some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife that Ecuador is famous for. There are many wonderful walks nearby for those of you who are keen to get out of the city.
- Tena is the capital of the province of Napo. Their economical activities are agriculture and livestock. The city is divided in two by the Tena river and is very close to Misahualli rainforest, which gives it a very special ambiance and makes it really attractive to local and foreigner tourists. That has made it possible for hotels, restaurants, warehouses and other shops to prosper in the city. The city of Tena is surrounded by lower elevations as the Pasourco, Pullurco, Chiuta, Tamburo, Itaurco, among others.
Details & Costs
- Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks
- Cost:£1915/$3351 for 4 weeks
£255/$446 for each week thereafter
(Please note a deposit of £340 / $515 is required to secure your placement)
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Quito, Riobamba, or Tena in Ecuador
- Project activities: Shadowing doctors, admitting patients, taking vitals, community education (depending on interests and skills), doctors’ brigades, lab assistance, dentistry amongst others.
- Working hours: Vary according to the needs of the placement, expect to work shifts
- Project availability: Projects are available all year
- Arrival day: Twice monthly on a Friday. Please speak to an advisor.
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a shared house with kitchen and 2 bathrooms with hot running water
- Food: 2 meals per day – Breakfast and a light dinner
- On arrival you will stay in a shared room in a hostel in Quito, breakfast included
- 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 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 on 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.
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