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 “HandshakeCFHI” in order to have the application fee waived when applying for a program on the CFHI website.
Ecuador is one of the few Latin American countries to explicitly guarantee sexual and reproductive health rights in their constitution and has passed legislation to provide free emergency contraception. In 1998, Ecuador passed the Free Maternity Law providing free healthcare for pregnant women and newborns. Although Ecuador has some of the most progressive laws regarding sexual and reproductive health in Latin America, a dichotomy exists in this predominantly Catholic and largely socially conservative country.
Learn about reproductive healthcare in Ecuador, where limited discussion and openness regarding sexual health issues and lack of funding predominate. Witness how cultural attitudes toward gender equality affect a woman’s willingness and ability to seek treatment or obtain information about reproductive and sexual health. Rotate at a public maternity hospital where high-risk pregnancies are managed. Here, services provided include prenatal and postnatal care, labor and delivery and emergency care. Other rotations include an adolescent clinic, where pregnant patients and new mothers between the ages of 12 and 18 are treated, as well as a primary healthcare center providing women’s health services such as pap smears, IUDs, etc.
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 Otovalo, an indigenous community with a bustling weekly market.