Ecuador

Location 4 weeks per week thereafter
  • Volunteer Program: Ecuador
$2,790 AUD $495 AUD

 

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its modest size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures and indigenous communities.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital city painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike.

This country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals. Whilst it is one of South America’s tiniest countries, its diversity is exciting as it is interesting. From the white sandy beaches spectacular mountains, and best of all, the gateway to the unbelievable Galapagos Islands. However on the other side of the fence there lie villages and towns that are extremely poor without adequate medical assistance, and in many cases still use ancient jungle produce to attempt to cure themselves.

Intermediate level Spanish skills are recommended for this project.


 

Medical Project

This project is based in Guayaquil and is best suited to medical students and all medical practitioners as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day running of a hospital. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and motivation may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering healthcare to the Ecuadorian people. Please remain open-minded and flexible with the hospital conditions.  You may find it interesting and challenging to resolve issues without the same technologies used in other parts of the world.

The hospital has 160 beds and comprised 80% pediatric and 20% adults.  It belongs to a non-profit organization: Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia and the name is Hospital “Leòn Becerra”.

Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities such as taking histories, diagnosis, prescription and diagnosis of ailments and giving assistance to the existing medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend completely upon your own previous experience and qualifications as well as the needs of the hospital at that time. It is therefore important to remain flexible. Some volunteers may be given the opportunity to get involved with various community outreach programmes such as medical camps, health education, community visits and other relevant activities.

Your program will run Monday to Friday.  Please bring a white coat, scrubs, stethoscope and pulse oximeter (if possible).  This will provide you with a comprehensive learning experience whilst still giving plenty of time to see the sights and experience the hustle and bustle of the festivals of the country.


Arrival & Orientation

You will be collected from the airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to your guesthouse accommodation  in Guayaquil.  The staff will help with your orientation and you will have time to settle in and get acclimatised.  The staff will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and you’ll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant community.

On your first day of work, the guesthouse staff will show you how to travel to and from work via the Metrovia bus.

The guesthouse will provide a buffet breakfast daily and lunch will be offered by the hospital while you are at work.   For dinner, there are many local specialities found in cafes and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish or seafood, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is an extensive range of dishes on offer for non-meat eaters.


 

Cost (per person)

4 week Volunteer Program = A$2,790 then A$495 per week

Inclusions Exclusions
Airport transfers: Airport to/from accommodation Drinks and Dinners
Information Pack and Pre-departure support Items of a personal nature (ie. laundry, telephone etc)
Comfortable guesthouse accommodation with private bathroom) Travel insurance
Meals (buffet breakfast daily and lunch when at work) Vaccinations
On-site Medical Supervisor Meals not provided by your host
DocTours T-shirt and personalised luggage label Passport, Visa and Police Report fees
 Contribution to the Hospital Flights (and taxes) to and from South America

 

Flights

Contact STA Travel if you would like assistance with your flights, optional tours or travel insurance.  STA Travel provides special offers and benefits for volunteers and therefore please call direct:  Email:  doctours.au@statravel.com   Phone:  1300 675 435

 


Volunteers are required to submit a recent Working with Children Check or a police report – we can advise on how to arrange this.


 

Terms & Conditions

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (‘CPD’) & PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY

Your medical voluntary work may be eligible for CPD points from your relevant college.  We will forward the guiding notes with your travel documents.

We recommend that you advise your professional indemnity provider of your volunteer work in advance of travel.

DEPOSIT 
Processing of your Application can be initiated once we have received your deposit of $495.00 per person with your completed Application Form and CV.

FINAL PAYMENT is due two months prior to departure or on receipt of invoice if travelling in less than two months.  Apologies but payments by Visa and Master Card will incur a 1.5% fee and American Express 3.0%.

PASSPORT & VISAS
Passports must be valid for 6 months AFTER you return home and have at least two blank visa pages.  The Airlines will refuse boarding to anybody whose name on their airline ticket varies from their passport name.

We are happy to advise you on the current visa requirements for the countries that you are visiting and we are also able to arrange your visa in advance of your departure.  Please ask for assistance.  Most nationals, including citizens of Australia, do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for up to 90 days as a tourist.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition of your travel arrangements that you have current travel insurance to cover against cancellation fees, medical expenses, lost luggage and evacuation.   Please ask if you would like any assistance with your travel insurance. 

CANCELLATION FEES
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions. Deposits are non-refundable once your arrangements have been confirmed.


Please note that all costs are subject to change due to airline increases, taxes, hotel and volunteer price increases, as well as currency adjustments.