This medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine and medical practice in a community for middle class Ecuadorians and poor indigenous communities.
The hospital is based in the Andean region of Ecuador approximately 3 hours outside of Quito and serves a community of 500,00 people.
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. Come to Ecuador and observe the local medical staff with their duties and extend your understanding of working in a culturally diverse setting whilst developing your Spanish speaking skills.
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.
Project fees apply. Project fees include accommodation, airport pick up, food, orientation and 24h support. You will be provided with a comprehensive learning reflection document and are expected to give a presentation at the end of your internship.