ECUADOR - Work at General Hospital in Quito
Booking Nº: EC136
Country: Ecuador +
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 675 USD
TaskYou will be based in one of the largest public hospitals in the country, mainly caring for people who lack sufficient finances to be able to afford private health care. The hospital offers the following services:
- Maternal and child care
- Dental care
- Oncology and radiotherapy
- General surgeries
- Center for high-risk obstetrics
- Committee on infectious diseases
You will start your program by studying Spanish medical terminology and about the history of medicine and medical processes in Ecuador. The classes consist of one hour of teaching followed by one hour of conversational practice, often using role-play. Classes take place in the afternoon.
When you start to work at the hospital, your first two days will be an orientation. You will go on a tour of the hospital, visit all the different areas and meet medical staff. You can then choose which area(s) you would prefer to work, 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 treatments. Medical students or experienced doctors will have the chance to observe surgeries in the operating rooms.
You will work Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm until 5:30 pm and you will have weekends off.
The first Monday at the project is 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 by using the public transportation system. In the afternoon there is an informative discussion in which you will learn about the organization and be advised of important issues in Ecuador, security measures, accommodations, volunteer work, etc. Your volunteer work will start on Tuesday, the next day.
AccommodationIt is very important to us that you are comfortable during your stay in Ecuador. For this reason, we offer two great accommodation options.
If you want to immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture, you should live 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) included.
If you want to live more independently among other young people and program volunteers, you have the choice of living in a single dormitory room (based on availability). Food is not included, but you can prepare your own meals in the big communal kitchen. There is a big supermarket within walking distance.
Spanish skills required (you can book your Spanish course in Ecuador with us!)
No professional skills or experiences required.
Not required. Please consult us and your doctor for specific recommendations.
Full travel and medical insurance is required. You can purchase a full coverage, no deductible health and travel insurance at a special rate for our participants by contacting your South America Inside representative.
Tourist visa valid for 90 days. For further information regarding visa requirements please contact us and the corresponding embassy or consulate in your home country.
DetailsThe health care system in Ecuador is divided into private and public hospitals. Whereas 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 populations. Assistance from volunteers is highly valued in the public sphere.
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| Program duration|| Homestay |
| Shared Apartment
| 2 weeks
| 3 weeks
| 4 weeks
| additional week
Registration fee 100 USD. One week = 7 days.
| Extra service|| in USD
| Airport pick-up
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Laundry service (when homestay booked)
- Activity calendar
- Volunteer Work Placement
- Certificate of participation
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Visa (if necesary)
- Local Travels
Country Information Ecuador
|Ecuador, appropriately named after the equator, holds a massive imaginary line running directly through its middle. Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America with an area of only 100,000 square miles. Ecuador borders Peru in the southeast, Colombia in the northeast and the Pacific Ocean splashing along the entire west side. The population of Ecuador is 14 million with the capital city of Quito holding 2 million residents.
Though Ecuador lacks bragging rights in its size, the country surely stands proud of its breathtaking landscapes, lush vegetation zones and varieties of climate. The climate, mainly determined by altitude, changes from tropical sun and heavy rain in the Pacific coastal area, to temperate dry climate regions in the Andean highlands. Further, the Amazon basin on the eastern side of the mountains shares the climate of other rain forest zones.
Ecuador is one of eighteen mega diverse countries in the world with thousands of different animal and bird species. The famous Galapagos Islands, a very special spot on earth, is located about 620 miles away from the mainland and is home to unique flora and fauna such as the giant tortoises. The islands are also historic for being the birthplace of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
When exploring deeper into the 100,000 square mile piece of land, you will find diverse attractions for tourists and volunteers alike. Some highly recommended areas of exploration are the Amazon jungles, the Amazon basin, Andean Mountains, volcanoes (active and dormant), tropical forests and a variety of beautiful beaches. The Pacific coast is a perfect place for ocean diving, relaxing on the beach and enjoying hours in the sun. For those backcountry lovers and nature fans, rest assured the terrain of Ecuador offers much in both silent and adrenaline driven activities.
Due to Ecuador’s geographical diversity of ocean, mountains and island chains, whenever you choose to travel, one section of country will be in peak season. June through September are typically the drier months. The general high peak season for festivals, fiestas and crowds lie between mid-December through January and then again from June through August.
When traveling to Ecuador you will be absolutely amazed by the unique and natural beauty of this country. Keeping in mind that this country is one of poorest regions in South America, you will be surprised by their friendliness, efforts to help you and elements of preserved culture. UNESCO declared Quito, the capital city, a World Heritage Site in the 1970’s for having the best preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America!
No doubt, you will feel comfortable and at ease while enjoying this open-minded and hospitable society.