Health and Medical in Ecuador
Ecuador is a small country in South America, popular for its diverse wildlife and nature. You can experience some Andean mountain sights, visit tropical jungles or sunbathe on Pacific beaches. Its population is about 14 million people, and a large portion of it belongs to different ethnic groups: some of them speak Quichua, a language of Inca origin.
Many volunteers are needed in Ecuador to assist in hospitals and childcare centers, to teach English, to help children with disabilities, or to be part of projects to protect the welfare and environment in the Amazon and Galapagos islands.
Previous volunteers have shared with us that they could clearly see how much of a difference their help made and how thankful the locals were. Ecuador is a very welcoming country, where volunteers and interns will establish some great friendships.
Being part of one of these projects makes volunteers be resourceful and use their sense of humor. Many participants feel that they have become a better person after living with these Ecuadorian communities and volunteering for them.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
This Medical Volunteering and Internship Program is highly recommended for medical students and health professionals of every discipline. It takes place in Ecuador’s beautiful capital city, Quito. Here, volunteers may help those in need in the community who require medical assistance, while at the same time they can experience the culture, language and sights of this lovely place.
Based on their qualifications and previous experience, volunteers will be able to work and/or observe in local health facilities. A good level of Spanish is required, although our local partners may arrange medical-Spanish language lessons in Quito.
A large section of Ecuadorian society is suffering the effects of high poverty levels and a poorly-resourced healthcare system. They are in desperate need of medical volunteers to compensate for the need of doctors and a wider public health system. This project in Quito is ideal for students or graduate professionals who are willing to help less fortunate ones.
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older on the date of the commencement of their program, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some Spanish language skills are required for most project and for the Medical project an advanced level of Spanish is necessary.
There are Spanish courses for all language skills levels offered by our local partner and we recommend our volunteers to take advantage of these very affordable classes in site, that will help you make the best of your volunteering experience there.
Volunteers with some expertise or previous experience on the field of their chosen project is highly valued, what we value most in our volunteers is a sincere willingness to help those who are in need and to be responsible, proactive, positive and compassionate.
Although the programs are run all year round and volunteers can join any day of the year, we prefer that they arrive on weekends and start off on their placements on a Monday. In the case that they arrive on any weekday, they will begin work and then attend their orientation course on the following Monday.
The programs are based in Quito and the Ecuadorian Amazon.
On arriving at the airport volunteers will be met by a member of our local staff and, depending on the time of their arrival, they’ll be either led to their accommodation placements or straight to the Spanish School (our volunteers’ meeting place in Quito), where orientation takes place. A coordinator will then take them on a two-hours tour around the area and fill them in with basic information about the program regulations and rules, some safety tips and clear out any remaining doubts. This is an ideal opportunity for volunteers to exchange money, buy sim phone cards and get acquainted among themselves and exchange contact details. . After this, volunteers will be taken to their accommodation places and introduced to their hosts.
For those volunteering in programs outside Quito, we recommend that they arrive on the previous week of their starting date at their project placement because they need to allow for some time in Quito for the orientation before travelling to their final destination.
Volunteers whose projects are placed in Quito are accommodated in our Volunteers’ centrally located and self-catered apartments, in the proximities of our local headquarters. This comfortable apartments are fully equipped with modern amenities which include full kitchen and n bathroom with hot running water and wifi (sometimes available at an additional cost). This accommodation is ideal for independent volunteers and families that prefer to care for their own meals.
Homestays at local family homes are also available on volunteers request and may include meals (sometimes at an additional cost). These host families are carefully chosen by our local staff.
Information about the accommodation and meals provided for volunteers working in programs outside Quito will be detailed below those programs descriptions.
The Ecuadorian gastronomy is well renowned for its exotic tropical fruits, superb fish and seafood and many varieties of Andeans potatoes.
Among the many traditional dishes you should definitely try the Ecuadorian churrasco (roast beef with a fried egg, potato chips and fried plantain), empanadas (warm pastry pockets with cheese or meat filling) or Llapingachos (potatoes and cheese pancakes).
Working schedules will vary greatly from one project to the other, yet a working week usually starts on Monday and finishes on Friday, and a rather typal weekday may be something like this:
7:00 AM: Get up and have breakfast at your accommodation placement.
8:30 AM: Go to your project location and start with voluntary work.
1:00 PM: Lunch break.
17:00 PM: Finish work.
Breaks in the afternoon for Spanish lessons are allowed and there is also some flexibility to negotiate the working schedule with local staff.
After 17:00 PM, the Spanish schools becomes the volunteers gathering place and many social activities take place there in the evenings.
Weekends are free and volunteers can either explore Quito or venture farther inside the country and visit some of its tourists attractions such as Cotopaxi volcano, the highest on earth; Cuenca subtropical thermal baths,or the Amazon rainforests.
There are many wonderful and very affordable weekend tours and they are a great weekend program for volunteers to spend free time together, build new friendships and create everlasting memories.
Evening activities and weekend trips are regularly posted on the Spanish school notice board.
• Children are only required, by law, to remain in education until the age of nine.
• Approximately, 16,013,143 people live in Ecuador.
• It has a population density of 54,49 inhabitants per kilometer squared.
• The national language of Ecuador is Spanish.
• Strangely enough, Ecuador’s currency happens to be the United States dollar.
• Quechua and Shuar are two of Ecuador’s indigenous languages, officially spoken by people living in its many small villages.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/ecuador-p-10.html
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*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Ecuador attract a refundable*Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee.A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee: Accommodation and 2 meals per day (homestay), airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program,Local travels, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Ecuador generally find USD 40 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.