Internship 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.

This program is created for medical and pre-med students, vision-care professionals, public health, health care management, and business students and anybody interested in the very important theme of vision care in rural communities.  Participants will be able to immerse themselves in the Ecuadorian culture and gain firsthand 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.

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

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 that is based on the tract theme of the Immersion Program. Interns have 3 tracks to choose from.

Each intern can choose one or a combination of the 3 tracks for a personalized experience while in-country.

Medical "Assistanceships"

This track allow interns to work alongside our medical professional staff in our clinic in Riobamba, Ecuador as well as in the field during our rural community campaigns.  

 

Public Health

This focus will give the intern the opportunity to create investigations and contribute to project development in a variety of themes in the field of public health

 

Sustainable Development

Interns will work dyncamically to contribute to community-based efforts to provide solutions for water quality, sanitation, nutrition, and food systems.

 

Skill Development

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 the developing world
  • Have ample opportunities to significantly increase Spanish and Kichwa language proficiency
  • Observe, learn and live in a diverse cultural setting
  • Experience homestay living with local families as a rich cultural exchange
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with development and relief organizations

What are your thoughts on our work?

Noah – 2019 Intern

Medical Campaigns

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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.

Eco-Tourism

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

We will visit several parts of the Andes and Pacific Coastal Region (4-week program only) to experience what local communities are doing to sustainably improve their environment.

Group Dynamics

INNOVATION IN ACTION

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.

Check out what our rural outreach clinics are like

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