If you are interested in community development join our rural public health volunteering in Ecuador focusing on indigenous people. Working with a local organisation this placement works with the indigenous communities of Riobamba, a city in the Andean region of Ecuador. The project runs community outreach and provides education on subjects such as avoiding teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug addiction and nutrition. These are all common problems that exist in the communities of the indigenous population of this province. Access to healthcare and healthcare education is limited for these communities and the people live on very low incomes. The programme is headed up by a former hospital business manager who saw that there was a need to provide essential education to these communities while incorporating their traditional values and practices. On occasions, he obtains the support of local trained professionals to accompany him on his outreach clinics.
Why choose this project?
There is a major gap in the number of Ecuadorian medical professionals and volunteers 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 a volunteer on this project you will gain invaluable insight into the problems facing indigenous communities. You will also understand how public health education initiatives are planned and implemented and incorporate traditional and modern views on medicine. You can support the local project team with the challenge facing them in helping to education indigenous communities about important health issues.
Role of the volunteer
There is a major gap in the number of Ecuadorian medical professionals and volunteers 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 a volunteer on this project, not only will you gain invaluable insight into the problems facing indigenous communities you will also understand how public health education initiatives are planned and implemented and incorporate traditional and modern views on medicine. You can support the local project team with the challenge facing them in helping to education indigenous communities about important health issues.
Volunteers will work with the local project leader who is responsible for organising and running the mobile clinic and the public health awareness sessions that are delivered in and to the local communities. If you have a specific area of study that you wish to focus on please discuss this with a Kaya advisor, for example nutrition. Options for awareness campaigns in HIV and sexual health education, nutrition, alcohol and drug awareness and general hygiene exist. You may be asked to take vital information about patients to help with record keeping. If you have a form of exercise that will interest the local population you may be able to run session in the community once you have agreed your approach with the local team.
You will be asked to send your CV/resume and attend a Skype interview before being accepted onto this placement. Unfortunately, qualified doctors and nurses are not accepted onto this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To support the essential education of indigenous communities by a dedication local project
Gain an insight into indigenous Ecuadorian culture
To compliment your studies with hands on experience
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. Quito was named as a world heritage site in 1978 and has wonderful museums, arts and other places of interest to keep you busy in you free time when you first arrive in Ecuador.
Riobamba is a city home to 500,00 residents and it is located 3 hours from Quito. It is also only 2 hours from the Amazon and very near to a spectacular volcano. During the week volunteers like to visit the cafes, bars and other sites of the city and at weekends to venture further afield. You can take hiking trips into the Amazon or explore the amazing volcano to take in some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife that Ecuador is famous for. The choice is yours..
Details & Costs
- Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks
- Cost: £1805/$3159 for 4 weeks
£225/$394 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Riobamba, Ecuador
- Project activities: Taking vitals, helping with public health campaigns
- Working hours: Vary according to the needs of the placement
- 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: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, learning reflection manual, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- 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)
What is not included
- Transport between your homestay and the 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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