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Ecuador Medical Internship

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Ecuador Medical Internship

Prepare for a career in medicine in this small but fascinating South American country. Assist with running a hospital or clinic, and explore the sights and sounds of Ecuador.

Prices from $895

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Including the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon, it is rich in rare and endangered species.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital 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 captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

Your internship offers a period of apprenticeship where you can work off-campus to gain valuable experience in a specific career field that combines learning with hands-on activity. This practical learning experience within the workplace provides an invaluable addition to classroom learning and an ideal opportunity to develop your future career. Knowledge of Spanish is required.




  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Get invaluable medical work experience
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Placements are dependant on a CV submission
  • Relevent experience essential
  • Ideally suited to medical students, and even qualified doctors and nurses
  • Intermediate level Spanish required


Location Quito, Ecuador
Activities Observe specialist medical practices
Get hands-on medical experience
Assist the doctors & nurses
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay or local hostel


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine and is geared towards those who wish to pursue a career within a medical field. This project is best suited to medical students and medical practitioners as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital. Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. 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 or clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands-on experience of administering healthcare to the Ecuadorian people.

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. Those volunteers with little experience could 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 programme will run five days a week, Monday to Friday. 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 and night life in and around the area.


You will be collected from the airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to your accommodation situated in Quito on the slopes of the stunning La Plata mountain range. You will have time to settle in and get acclimatised before receiving orientation to the country, local surroundings and of course your project. Your in-country coordinator 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.


You will either be staying in a comfortable home stay where you will have the opportunity to experience real Ecuadorian life, or in a local hostel, depending upon the time of your visit. Both accommodation options are located close to the language school and volunteer centre.


If you are staying at the homestay you will be provided with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. If you are staying at the hostel this includes breakfast only. Local specialities often found in cafes and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish, shellfish or shrimp, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is a surprisingly extensive range of dishes on offer for non meat eaters, although this is mainly in the larger towns.

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Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are aplenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Ask your hosts to book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.


2 weeks $895

Extra week $345


Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

Monthly (please arrive Sunday in order to transfer to the project)

This project is not available on the following dates in 2019:

New Year: 1 January
Carnaval: 4-5 March
Good Friday: 19 April 
Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 24 May
Indedpendence Day: 10 August
Guayaquil Independence Day: 12 October
Day of the Dead: 1 November
Cuenca Independence Day: 03 November
Christmas: 25 December - 01 January


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks, and up to a total of 6 months


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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