Internship Immersion ProgramsA Truly Unique Experience in Ecuador
June 3 – July 29, 2023
*This is a hybrid in-country and virtual experience for summer 2023. We will be combining a variety of multimedia approaches to accomplish our program work in a virtual setting and participants will have the option to attend an 8 week or 4 week experience in Ecuador, or a completely online experience.
Go Beyond the Norm
Go beyond the books. Gain invaluable experience as you support the physical, environmental, and social well-being of Ecuadorian families through delivering primary and specialized health and entrepreneurial assistance.
This program is created for medical and pre-med students, vision-care professionals, public health, health care management, sustainable development, business students and anybody interested in the very important theme of health care in rural communities. Participants will be able to immerse themselves in Ecuadorian culture and gain in-person and/or virtual experience in understanding the state of health and development in rural Andean communities in and around the Chimborazo province, the conditions that threaten these communities, and the opportunities that could lead to advancement.
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.
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.
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.
Each intern will be participating in a variety of undertakings that are individually and cumulatively intended to provide benefit to the communities of Ecuador. Each participant will be designated a development project (or several if desired) that is based on the theme of the Immersion Program. Interns have 2 themes to choose from.
Each intern can choose one or a combination of the themes for a personalized experience.
Medical Assistance and Innovation
Interns will work alongside PACH’s medical professional staff at the local hospital. While the position is primarily hospital-based, we also ask that interns accompany our medical team when we perform rural community campaigns. Our community campaigns offer our team the ability to perform basic medical attention services in the communities of the Chimborazo province. Interns will have the opportunity to shadow health professionals in department(s) based on student’s academic and pre-professional interests. Departments include: family medicine, Andean traditional medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology and optometry, pharmacy and lab, chiropractic, physical therapy, and other rotating specialties.
Sustainable Development in Community Health
Interns will work dynamically to contribute to community-based efforts to provide solutions for water sanitation, indigenous agriculture, nutrition, agritourism, and food systems. These projects will focus on the improvement of indigenous community health with PACH and its partners in the provinces of Chimborazo, Santa Elena, Loja, and Morona Santiago. You will be working alongside a team of transdisciplinary international sustainable development professionals that specialize in community development, indigenous culture, agriculture, agroecology, and biological sciences.
These experiences and skills are highly valued in today’s professional environment. In addition, participants will:
Gain insight into the opportunities, inherent risks, and limitations in healthcare in the developing world
Have ample opportunities to significantly increase Spanish and Kichwa language proficiency
Observe, and learn in a diverse cultural setting
Have the opportunity to collaborate with development and relief organizations
What are your thoughts on our work?
Noah – 2019 Intern
Also know as “Caravanas”, these are opportunities to accompany the international FIBUSPAM medical outreach team when they visit communities. This experience will allow participants ample ability to contribute directly to the well-being of communities that are desperately in need of support.
Interns will have the opportunity to visit several parts of the Andes, Amazon, and Pacific Coastal Region to experience what local communities are doing to sustainably improve their environment.
INNOVATION IN ACTION
Participants will interact with international medical professionals, NGO’s, governmental entities, and indigenous professionals, making a profound community impact while also gaining in-depth knowledge of the factors of sustainable 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, virtual 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?
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 weeks 3 & 4 of the experience
The program is divided into four segments:
- Foundation Building in Global Public Health and Sustainable Development
- Field Study Intensive and Project Development
- Conclusion and Presentation
- $6,500 per intern for the full, 8-week experience in Riobamba, Ecuador – does not include airfare and personal entertainment. (Limit 5 interns)
- $4,250 per intern for the hybrid experience, which includes 4 weeks in Riobamba, Ecuador – does not include airfare and personal entertainment.
- $2,000 per intern for a completely virtual/remote 8-week experience.