Healthcare Worker in a Multidisciplinary Center

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founded in 2011
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High­lights

Gain experience in an international setting and learn from different medical disciplines.
Gain Spanish fluency by following one of our Spanish courses, living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
Make memories you’ll never forget while working in our daily projects and during weekend excursions with your fellow participants.
Experience the Ecuadorian way of life. Ama la vida!
Visit Cuenca, Montañita, Baños, The Galapagos Islands, Cuyabeno and all the other wonderful places in Ecuador during your free time.
As a volunteer or intern you can provide medical care at Fundación Hermano Miguel, where you can work in different roles with professionals helping you on the way. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Our partner Fundación Hermano Miguel is a non-profit organization that has been serving medical care to the community since 1984, also helping people with a physical or functional limitation. The foundation foresees in the distribution of therapeutic and medical services and implementation of technological innovations, like orthotic, prostheses and mobility aids. To ensure full service, a multidisciplinary team of specialists was set up. Volunteers and interns are of indispensable value to them.

A unique feature of the organization is their special program for people that normally would not have the resources to gain access to good healthcare. A group of sponsors and donators and creative solutions make it possible for these people to be a part of Fundación Hermano Miguel.

Within this health care project you have several options, depending on how good your level of Spanish is, the length of your stay, the courses you follow and also your work experience. There is a diversity of healthcare disciplines you can get involved in. We name them here:

  • Physical therapy
  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Ergo therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Traumatology
  • Orthotic and prostheses
  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • ENT
  • Urology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychology and child psychology
  • Clinical laboratory

Typical day

You can work part-time or full-time at the care center, depending on your further program. Normally you start at 9 AM and finish your day around 5 PM. In between you have ample time to have lunch with your colleagues and fellow volunteers.

The content of your program mainly depends on the specialisms in which you participate. For example, if you are a physiotherapy student, then you will logically spend a lot of time in this department.

The extent to which you are allowed to treat patients yourself depends very much on your knowledge and skills and on your level of Spanish

Free-time activities

During your stay with Local Dreamers you will live with one of our local host families or you will have a room in our volunteer house. It's completely up to you. Both the host families and volunteer house (located above our office) are located in central Quito, near the historical center and the tourist center.

In the weekends you are free to come and go wherever you want. Ecuador is incredibly versatile, but still relatively small and easily accessible. From Quito you can easily go on a discovery tour and get to know more of this fantastic country. Our coordinators are happy to help you on your way. If you want to take a little more time for a trip, that is of course always possible. We are a flexible organization and are happy to think along with you.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be aware that you can only get involved in this project when you have a background and experience in health care disciplines OR if you have the ambition to work in the medical world and are following or want to follow training in this field.

To become a volunteer or intern for this project, a minimum stay of two months in Quito is required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Foundation Local Dreamers

The mentioned costs involve room, board, airport pickup and preparation & guidance as well as a one-time contribution towards the project. 

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport
When you arrive at airport Mariscal Sucre, our driver José Luis will be waiting for you at the gate. We always provide him with some pictures of you, so he will for sure recognize you. Together with José Luis you will make a one-hour drive to our office in the centre of Quito. At the office, one of our coordinators will welcome you and show you around in the neighborhood. After a little small talk we will bring you to your host family/ the volunteer house where you have all the time to recover from your flight.
Accommodation
During your stay with Local Dreamers you will live with one of our local host families or you will have a room in our volunteer house (guest house). It's completely up to you. Both the host families and volunteer house (located above our office) are located in central Quito, near the historical center and the tourist center.
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Our host families provide a daily breakfast and dinner, which is included in the price. All our families are happy to introduce you to the Ecuadorian cuisine, and will provide you with varied meals. In the evening they prepare a warm meal, with plenty of vegetables and meat. They also like to take into account any allergies or vegetarian requirements, please let us know during your application.

In our volunteer house we have a large kitchen with everything you need to prepare great meals. We often see volunteers doing the shopping and cooking together. There is a large supermarket on the same street.

At our office we provide drinking water, coffee and tea. Lunch will be for your own costs.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Be aware that you can only get involved in this project when you have a background and experience in health care disciplines OR if you have the ambition to work in the medical world and are following or want to follow training in this field.

To become a volunteer or intern for this project, a minimum stay of two months in Quito is required.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
8 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
$1,520
9 weeks
$1,650
10 weeks
$1,780
11 weeks
$1,910
15 weeks
$2,430
23 weeks
$3,470
50 weeks (max. stay)
$6,980
Average fees
$165 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Foundation Local Dreamers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Foundation Local Dreamers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Healthcare Worker in a Multidisciplinary Center

As a volunteer or intern you can provide medical care at Fundación Hermano Miguel, where you can work in different roles with professionals helping you on the way.

$165/week

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