Please note this program is an unpaid global health education program. There is a program fee required to participate. This program fee pays for on-site services such a lodging, language classes (if relevant), 24/7 emergency support, coordination of rotations and/or placements, and on-site staff. CFHI is a nonprofit organization committed to fair-trade partnerships around the world. Please use the following code when applying for a program on the CFHI website “HandshakeCFHI” in order to have the application fee waived.
Experience the rich culture and history of Ecuador’s vibrant capital city, Quito, located in the Andes Mountain Range. One of CFHI’s longest-running programs, the Andean Health program offers a comprehensive experience that showcases the continuum of care and healthcare reforms instituted in the past several years under President Correa. Participants will come away with a holistic view of the healthcare systems in Quito as well as how Ecuadorians access healthcare services in this bustling Andean metropolis. To the advantage of prospective participants, Ecuador is undergoing one of the largest scale ups of Family Medicine in the world and has an ambitious health reform agenda to provide “Health for All.”
Join this program and experience a range of clinical sites and services including government hospitals delivering higher-level diagnostic, specialized, and emergency care that is free of charge and accessible to all, as well as community level clinics on the outskirts of the city serving low-income populations. Other rotations include a public maternity hospital where high-risk pregnancies are managed, and a military hospital focusing on internal medicine and surgery. Patients from across the country are referred to this hospital. In addition, participants may request to travel to Otovalo, an indigenous town located outside of Quito. Here, visit an indigenous health center where a local shaman treats and diagnoses illnesses using indigenous medicine practices common in this region.
Become immersed in Ecuadorian culture and language through conversational and medical Spanish classes while living with a local family in Quito. CFHI participants may also organize weekend trips to destinations such as Tena in the Amazon region, known for its waterfalls and adventure sports like kayaking and zip lining, the town of Mindo and its subtropical forest, and Otavalo, an indigenous community with a bustling weekly market.