Volunteer Work in a Public Hospital

Volunteer Work in a Public Hospital
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Booking No.


Program Type

Volunteer Work, Health Care


Quito – Capital of Ecuador

Volunteer Responsibilities

Assist doctors and nurses in diverse activities (for medicine students), Recreational activities with the patients (for participants without medical background)

Work Hours

4-8 hours/day, from Monday through Friday

Program Start Date

Year round, always on a Monday


Minimum 4 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years


Spanish (Basic skills) / See our Spanish Courses in South America!


For the medical work knowledge or experiences in health care is required. For those without medical background there are also other tasks available.


Homestay or student residence in a single room


Half-board (2 meals/day) with homestay, self-serving at student residence


Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador


Average daily temperature of 15° C (59° F)

Recommended Vaccinations

No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.


Not all host families have internet. Student residence is equipped with WIFI Internet.

Additional Information

Orientation session the first day, including a city tour (walking) with other participants.

In-country support

Volunteer coordinator in Quito

24/7 Emergency No.

Yes! With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.

Packing list

Comfortable clothing, as Quito is known for its unpredictable climate.


Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice.
(Download Registration Form)


Travel Health Insurance for Ecuador mandatory

*We would like to point out that in South America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

The health care system in Ecuador is divided into private and public hospitals. While most private hospitals and practices are well-equipped, public hospitals often lack beds, staff and financial resources to provide sufficient medical care to the poor population. This is why assistance from foreign volunteers is highly valued in the public sphere.

This project is primarily aimed at medical students and nurses with medical experience. But also volunteers without medical background are welcome. However, these are not entrusted with medical tasks, but take care of the well-being of the patients by giving them their attention in conversations, walks and recreational activities.

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You will be based in one of the largest public hospitals in the country, mainly caring for people who lack the financial resources to afford private health care. The public hospital offers the following services:

  Maternal and child care
  Oncology and radiotherapy
  General surgeries
  Center for high-risk obstetrics
  Committee on infectious diseases

When you start to work at the hospital, your first two days you will receive an orientation. You will go on a tour of the hospital, visit the different areas and meet the medical staff. You can then choose which area(s) you would prefer to work in (depending on availability), and accompany a doctor or nurse to observe procedures in those areas. Depending on your experience, you may be able to help with simple tasks such as taking blood pressure or assisting during basic treatments. Medical students or experienced doctors will have the chance to observe surgeries in the operating rooms. Participants without knowledge in healthcare will take care of the wellbeing of the child patients by giving them their attention in games, walks and recreational activities.

You can choose if you want to work Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 12:30 or 2:00 pm until 5:30 pm (subject to changes) and you will have weekends off.

The first Monday of the volunteer program is always an orientation day in Quito. All new volunteers will go on a city tour of Quito to get to know the city and learn how to get around using the public transportation system. In the afternoon, there is an informative discussion in which you will learn about the local organization and be advised of important issues in Ecuador, security measures, accommodations, volunteer work, etc. Your volunteer work will start the next day, on Tuesday.

It is very important to us that you are comfortable during your work abroad program in Ecuador. For this reason, we offer two accommodation options.

If you want to immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture, we recommend living with one of the carefully selected host families. You can practice your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know the country's traditions and cuisine firsthand. If you have questions or need help, your host family will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) every day and laundry service once a week included.

If you want to live more independently with other young people, you might want to live in our student residence. The residence is shared among Spanish students and volunteers. You will have a single room, while common areas and bathrooms are shared. Food is not included, but you can prepare your own meals in the well-equipped communal kitchen. There is a big supermarket within walking distance.

Our Volunteer Work in Ecuador includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Placement in a Public Hospital
  Orientation session on arrival
  Escort to the project site on the first day
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24h-Emergency Number
  Single room in Homestay (2 meals/day, weekly laundry service)*
  Single Room in Student Residence (no meals)*
  Airport pick-up (if booked)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation
*Accommodation as booked

What’s not included:
  International Flight
  Medical Insurance
  Visa (if necessary)
  Local Travels

Our Prices:






Program Costs
(with Host Family + Half board)

1,175 USD

1,395 USD

1,615 USD

220 USD

Program Costs
(with Student Residence + Self board)

995 USD

1,175 USD

1,350 USD

175 USD

Airport pick-up

40 USD

Aditionally, an application fee of 100 USD is required.

Please note:
One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights; Check-in is on Sundays, Check-out is on Saturdays.

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