Applied Immersion Programs

Volunteer, Learn & Experience Ecuador
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Go Beyond the Norm

Go beyond the books.  Get out of the office. Gain invaluable experience as you support the physical, environmental, and social well-being of Ecuadorian families through delivering primary and specialized medical and entrepreneurial assistance.

Cultural Immersion

The diverse cultural and economic context of Ecuador will challenge participants to think creatively as they explore innovative alternatives to addressing social, health, and environmental issues.

Skill Development

Participants will enhance language learning skills, cultural competency, as well as gain a unique perspective on the social, environmental, health, and entrepreneurial situations of a developing country.

Certificate Offerings

Not only will you be certified as a Partner for Andean Community Health Fellow, recognizing the contribution you and your teams devoted to the communities of Ecuador, but we can work with universities and other institutions to assure that participants are credited for their undertakings. 

Our Programs

These offerings are meant for both professionals and students that aspire to expand their horizons on the paradigms of development in the developed and developing worlds.

Andean Sustainable Communities

With a focus on the tenets of social entrepreneurship (People. Planet. Profit) participants will gain insight into and contribute to the opportunities, inherent risks and limitations of the developing communities of Ecuador.

June 1 -28, 2019

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Community Vision Health Care

This program provides participants an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities in Ecuador while acquiring new skills in public health management specific to ophthalmology and vision health care.

July 1 – 28, 2019

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Community-Based Urgent Care

This program provides participants an opportunity to build the healthcare delivery capacity of underserved communities in Ecuador while acquiring new skills in public health programming specific to urgent care.

August 1 -28, 2019

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Attending Our Program

For each of our applied immersion programs, we offer 2 different formats that vary in duration of your stay in Ecuador

10 Days

This is an intense experience that focuses on maximizing impact in communities along with visiting some of Ecuador’s beautiful sites.

Program highlights:

  • 5 medical outreach campaigns
  • Visits to Quito, Cotopaxi, and Baños
  • Program recap with theme focus

28 Days

This experience is for those that want to take a deeper dive into the world of international development while immersing oneself in the culture of Ecuador.

Program highlights:

  • 7 medical outreach campaigns
  • Visits to Quito, Cotopaxi, Coastal Ecuador, Alausí, and Baños
  • Homestay options
  • 10 days focusing on specialty theme of program with case studies, group discussions, journaling, experiential education and local exchanges.
  • Participants will interact with NGO’s, governmental entities, and indigenous professionals, making a profound community impact while also gaining in-depth knowledge of economic development in Ecuador.

Why Participate with Us?

 

Acquire a Unique Cultural Perspective

The cultural and ecological diversity of Ecuador will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the world from a new perspective.

Increase Your Career Opportunities

Organizations both by choice and by demand, are prioritizing corporate social responsibility efforts and discovering that by creating a focus on a triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit, their ventures are yielding better results.

Be the Change

Every participant is provided the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others, not only through collaboration with Ecuadorian counterparts, but also with their international team members.

Network with Changemakers

Our program participants and leaders have a variety of specialties and experiences to share.  You will also have the opportunity to network with a variety of governmental and non-governmental entities.

Travel The World With Confidence

Whether this is your first trip abroad, or your latest venture, you will gain unforgettable insight that will challenge and reward you.

Become a Better Learner

Non-traditional settings will allow participants to break free of normal educational paradigms and realize their true capabilities.

What Will The Experience Be Like?

“Innovaquipos”

These groups work as short-term “innovative teams” (Spanish: Innovar = Innovate and Equipo = Team).  Each Innovaquipo will be participating in a variety of undertakings that are individually and cumulatively intended to provide benefit to the communities of Ecuador.  Each Innovaquipo will be designated a development project that is based on the theme of the Applied Immersion Program. Details on each development project as well as overall program goals and experiences will be discussed in 3 online webinars prior to arrival in Ecuador.

The program is divided into four segments:

  1. Pre-arrival
  2. Orientation and Foundation Building 
  3. Field Study Intensive
  4. Conclusion and presentation

Our Programs

These offerings are meant for both professionals and students that aspire to expand their horizons on the paradigms of development in the developed and developing worlds.

Community Vision Health Care

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Community-Based Urgent Care

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Andean Sustainable Communities

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