Public health care assistant

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Gain Spanish fluency by immersing yourself in local culture
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Boost your resume with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and amazing landscapes
Open your horizon while making a life changing experience
In our volunteer project, volunteers, medical students, nurses or interns (nursing internship) are placed in public hospitals in Quito. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Note: This volunteer project is also suitable for high school graduates who have to complete a nursing internship or a medical shadowing program.

In Ecuador, the health care system is divided into private and public. Private clinics are usually well staffed and well equipped while many public hospitals lack the necessary free beds, enough specialist staff and financial resources to provide sufficient medical attention. The result is long waiting times and poorer quality care for the large sections of the population who depend on the public health care system.

In our volunteer project, volunteers, medical students, nurses or interns are placed in public hospitals in Quito. Above all, people who cannot afford private health care are treated here. Volunteers are placed in public hospitals in Quito that have modern infrastructure and technological equipment. They are also among the most important teaching hospitals in the country. Medical students from Ecuador's universities do their internships here. And that's exactly what you can do as well. During a medical volunteer work or a medical shadowing in Ecuador, you have the chance to look over the shoulder of experienced nurses and doctors and help with simple procedures yourself.

The hospitals have the following departments:
  • Emergency
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Traumatology
  • General surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Orthopedics
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology
There are also in-house laboratories, a pathology department, as well as physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Typical day

We encourage volunteers to ideally complete a Spanish course in Quito in order to get fit for medical vocabulary before starting to volunteer in the hospital.

The first days of volunteering serve as orientation. You take a tour of the hospital to get to know different areas and the medical staff. You can then decide in which area you want to do your volunteer work (subject to availability). It is also possible to change areas every one or two weeks.

You will start looking over the shoulder of a nurse. This will give you an insight into the various areas of responsibility. Later you can do simple tasks and assist with treatments and examinations. These tasks include e.g. measuring blood pressure, weighing patients, recording data, entering data into the system, etc.

The work schedule is from Monday to Friday about 5 hours per day. Volunteers usually start working in the morning between 8 and 9 am and finish in the early afternoon.

Free-time activities

Quito is located in the Andean highlands at an altitude of around 2850 meters. Therefore, despite its proximity to the equator, it is moderately warm all year round with an average temperature of around 13 °C. During the day, temperatures reach between 20 and 25 °C. There are rainy seasons from September to November and from January to April. It then usually rains around noon and then the sun is shining again.

Quito not only has a great location, right under the Pichincha volcano and a pleasant climate, but also cultural treasures: Built in the 16th century on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito has the best preserved historical center in all of Latin America.

For this reason, Quito was the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quito also offers a lively nightlife, pretty markets, interesting museums and theaters as well as various kinds of festivals at certain times.


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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and Application Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical students, experience in health care.
Also available for German students how need to do the mandatory "Pflegepraktikum".
Can also be used as Medical Shadowing.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  • Shared or single room* (*surcharge for single room)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • You will be accompanied to the project on the first day
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Ecuador
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Handbook Ecuador
  • Intercultural guideline
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
To make you feel comfortable during your stay in Ecuador, we place our volunteers in carefully selected homestays. While living in a local homestay you immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture, you can use your Spanish in everyday situations and get to know traditions, everyday life and typical food.

You have a single or shared room, the bathroom is mostly shared. Accommodation in a homestay includes full board. Internet connection is available.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full-board is included (3 meals / day).

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
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


Details on arrival

The volunteer program is available year round with flexible start and end date.

Important note: A donation of 180 USD is required to be paid directly to the project

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$324 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Public health care assistant

In our volunteer project, volunteers, medical students, nurses or interns (nursing internship) are placed in public hospitals in Quito.


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