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Public Health Care Assistant

2 - 24 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

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  • Immerse in the local culture to master Spanish, enhancing communication and understanding, unlocking doors to the soul of the community.
  • Showcase your dedication by supporting those in need, making a tangible impact that extends far beyond borders.
  • Supercharge your CV with international volunteer experience, proving your adaptability, empathy, and drive to create positive change.
  • Explore a nation renowned for its astonishing biodiversity and awe-inspiring landscapes, making each day a new adventure.
  • Embark on a life-changing journey where cultural exchange and personal growth pave the way for a brighter, more interconnected world.

Especially suitable

Age 18+

About the program

Join our vibrant project where aspiring medical students, dedicated nurses, and nursing interns come together to make a meaningful impact in the public hospital! 👩‍⚕️

The Issue
The health system in Ecuador is divided into private clinics and public hospitals. While most private clinics and medical practices are well staffed and equipped, public hospitals often lack the necessary free beds, enough specialist staff and financial resources to provide sufficient ...

About the program

The Issue
The health system in Ecuador is divided into private clinics and public hospitals. While most private clinics and medical practices are well staffed and equipped, public hospitals often lack the necessary free beds, enough specialist staff and financial resources to provide sufficient medical aids. The result is long waiting times and poor quality care for the large sections of the population who depend on public hospitals.
The Program
In our volunteer project, volunteers, medical students, nurses or interns (nursing internship) are placed in public hospitals in Quito. Above all, people who cannot afford private health care are treated here. Even people who have no health insurance at all receive free medical care there. The volunteer placements are among the public hospitals in Quito that have the best technological equipment and cover almost all specialist areas. For this reason, they are also the most important teaching hospitals in the country. Medical students from Quito'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 first look over the shoulder of experienced nurses at work and then help out with simple procedures yourself. This volunteer project is also suitable for high school graduates who have to complete a nursing internship or a medical shadowing program. In addition to the emergency department, there are, among others, 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.
The Location 
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. Outdoor fans will also get their money's worth on day trips to the surrounding Andean landscapes!
What we expect 
  • Be tolerant 
Please do not put prejudices of the foreign culture and other people into your luggage. You do not need that during your stay abroad! On the contrary, tolerance is a very important feature if you want to be successful and have fun while volunteering abroad. Respect the foreign culture, the other habits and the different mentality with great respect. While the other way of working may not always make much sense in your eyes, the goal of volunteering abroad is not to criticize or smile at people for acting and doing, but to work with them for a good cause. 
  • Be adaptable 
On a trip abroad, especially in developing countries, you leave your home comfort zone. It is very important that you are ready to adapt to a different life situation. In Latin America, you certainly will not find the usual standards of home again. Especially volunteer projects in developing countries are often located in very secluded areas in the middle of beautiful nature or you live with a local host family, who belongs to a foreign culture. But that's the exciting thing about volunteering abroad! Immerse yourself in a foreign land, experience culture, traditions and people up close, learn from them, just let go and adapt to the other life circumstances. A unique experience that will mature and grow you as a person!  
  • Team spirit 
In a voluntary work, the team idea is always over self-interest. Working in a team is fun and brings good mood and variety! So, for your volunteer work abroad, you should bring along a great deal of team spirit, because you always work together with other people, be it volunteers from other countries or local project staff. However, when so many foreign and diverse cultures meet, teamwork can become a whole new challenge. Even more important, that you have the ability to communicate in a group, work constructively and fairly and do not want to punch through your will at all costs. 
  • Be helpful and responsible 
For most projects, volunteers who "do a good job" are most appreciated. By participating in a voluntary service abroad, you are consciously choosing to work in another country. You are not on a vacation trip. So, you have choosen to offer your help and valuable time to other people, nature protection or animals welfare. What really matters is your helpfulness! A really very important and unavoidable trait is the sense of responsibility. The volunteer project is counting on your support and your cooperation has been tightly scheduled. A high level of responsibility is the alpha and omega. During your volunteer work in Latin America, you are assigned to certain areas of activity that you must do on your own. Please take your role as a volunteer very seriously and carry out your tasks in the project conscientiously and carefully. 
  • Be flexible 
Be prepared for the fact that volunteering in Latin America is much different from what you know or are used to at home. The Latin Americans have a completely different order, time and work understanding. Even their logic of approaching certain things may not always make much sense in your eyes. The different language and culture can quickly lead to misunderstandings or communication problems. An important principle for you: always be flexible and spontaneous! You will soon realize that there is a solution for all situations and that you can quickly develop a plan B from a problem. 
  • Be proactive and take initiative 
During your voluntary work abroad, do not expect someone to explain to you in a big way what needs to be done, where and when. Often there is only a brief introduction and then your proactivity and initiative are asked. Get actively involved, offer your help and see where you can best apply your skills and strengths. It is always great when volunteers constructively and friendly affix ideas and suggest their own small projects.

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 ...

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.

Please note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

In Quito, Ecuador, you can enjoy a diverse range of activities and experiences: 
  • Historic Quito: Explore the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its stunning colonial architecture, churches, and cobblestone streets. 
  • Mitad del Mundo: Stand on the equator at the Mitad del Mundo ...

Free-time activities

In Quito, Ecuador, you can enjoy a diverse range of activities and experiences: 
  • Historic Quito: Explore the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its stunning colonial architecture, churches, and cobblestone streets. 
  • Mitad del Mundo: Stand on the equator at the Mitad del Mundo monument and museum, where you can perform fascinating experiments to test the effects of the equator's location. 
  • TelefériQo: Take a cable car ride up the Pichincha volcano for panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. Museums: Visit the various museums in Quito, such as the Museo Nacional or the Museo Guayasamín, to delve into Ecuador's rich history and culture. 
  • Outdoor Adventures: Explore the Andes Mountains through hiking, biking, or horseback riding. You can also take part in activities like paragliding, ziplining, and rock climbing. 
  • Local Markets: Experience the vibrant markets like Otavalo, known for its indigenous crafts, or Mercado Central for local foods and products. 
  • Culinary Delights: Savor traditional Ecuadorian dishes, including ceviche, llapingachos, and empanadas. Don't forget to try a cup of fresh, local coffee. 
  • Day Trips: Venture on day trips to nearby attractions like the Cotopaxi volcano, Quilotoa Crater Lake, or the Mindo Cloud Forest. 
  • Street Art: Appreciate Quito's colorful street art scene in neighborhoods like La Floresta. 
  • Nightlife: Experience Quito's nightlife by visiting bars, clubs, and venues with live music and dancing. 
  • Ecuadorian Culture: Attend cultural events, including festivals, concerts, and dance performances to immerse yourself in local traditions.
  • Language Learning: If you're interested in improving your Spanish, Quito offers language schools and opportunities for language exchange with locals. 
Quito is a city that seamlessly blends history, nature, and vibrant culture, ensuring you have a diverse range of experiences to choose from.



Minimum Age: 18 years

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 who 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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

Program fees include: 
  • Single or twin room in a Homestay (surcharge for single room)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Advice from our experienced staff
  • On-going support via WhatsApp, phone or mail
  • Elaboration of your application profile in Spanish
  • Your placement in the volunteer project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Packing list
  • Country handbook
  • Intercultural guide
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • On-site volunteer coordinator
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Advice on 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.
  • Volunteers share the bedroom with another volunteer. 
  • The bathroom is also shared.
  • Internet connection is available.
 If you want to secure a single room for your own, there is a surcharge. 

Food & Beverages

The volunteer program includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special diatry requirements can be taken care of.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE


If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador. VACCINE CHECKER

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!

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Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 941€
3 weeks 1,107€
4 weeks 1,274€
5 weeks 1,441€
6 weeks 1,607€
7 weeks 1,774€
8 weeks 1,940€
9 weeks 2,107€
10 weeks 2,274€
11 weeks 2,440€
12 weeks 2,607€
24 weeks (max. stay) 4,606€
Average fees 330€/week

Program fees

330€ per week 2 - 24 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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2 - 24 weeks


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

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.

Meet your organization

South America Inside

Perfect 4.6 rating (113 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2003

Verified by Volunteer World

  Good response rate

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Spoken languages: German, English, Spanish

About the project

South America Inside promotes intercultural, linguistic and educational exchanges. Its volunteer programs are addressed to students, professionals and retirees.

Meet your organization

South America Inside is an intercultural management agency, founded back in 2003, which specializes in the promotion of programs abroad, language travel and educational programs throughout Latin America.

Since 2007, to enrich the experience of our global-minded clients and to provide them with even more possibilities, South America Inside has been expanding their program offerings throughout South and Central America.

Working together with some of the best language schools in Latin America, South America Inside provides high quality language courses in almost every Latin American country.

Thanks to a professional team of motivated and friendly staff, South America Inside has been very successful over the past several years and have been able to establish an outstanding network of what we call "Insider Contacts." To enrich the experience of their clients and to provide them with more possibilities, South America Inside has been expanding our program offerings throughout Central and South America, in addition to our well-established Chilean programs.

Volunteer Work

Do you dream of staying abroad while doing something positive? Are you looking for a unique experience that will leave a mark on your life? Then a Volunteer Work program in South America or Central America is perfect for you!

With South America Inside you can combine an adventure abroad with social commitment, and create lasting memories in Latin America. Support the protection of endangered species; help a local community construct new homes; give new hope to impoverished children.

The possibilities to lend a hand are diverse, as there are the many places where help is needed. We have classified our volunteer projects in different areas so you can easily find the one (or more!) projects that best match your needs and interests.

Why with us

There are many persuasive reasons that speak in favor of South America Inside when it comes to selecting your perfect provider of language, study and volunteer travel abroad. Following, we have prepared a short summary so that you can get us to know a little better.

Our Insider benefits at a glance:

  Regional Experience
Over one decade (established in 2003) of dedication to language, work and study travel programs in Latin America. Thanks to our long standing work and life experience in the South American continent, we know this region really well. Therefore, we can help and inform you in a professional and competent way.

  Multifaceted Offers
Over time we have developed new programs to offer a wide array of work abroad opportunities to our clients. We have been pioneers in launching new exchange programs, as we have been the first in offering Work & Travel/Working Holiday and Farm Stays in Chile and successfully introduced these programs into the market back in 2005. Since 2012, we are the only agency to offer this type of program in Costa Rica.

  Insider Advice
Despite living in the modern era of the internet, we know that reliable and competent advice is still an important criterion for most of us. At South America Inside, you will find the benefits of an internet provider and an independent travel agency. We will be glad to pass on our extensive knowledge and regional experience.!

It is difficult to run programs when there is nobody “on the ground” to evaluate existing options and search for new opportunities. So, we are located in Chile, on location, and we know everything that is going on first hand. We know what it is like to live as a foreigner in South America and will be happy to assist you in making your stay unforgettable!

South America Inside is an independent provider of language courses, internships, volunteer work, Farm Stays and Work & Travel programs in Latin America. We neither depend financially nor structurally on any other company, language school, association or organization. Therefore, we are able to give personalized information in accordance to your needs and availability.

•  Multilingual Team

Our team is multilingual and international! We speak fluent English, Spanish and German, as well as some French and Portuguese. With our customers, we can communicate in their native language and we avoid misunderstandings with local partners by communicating in Spanish with them. You can be sure that there will be an English-speaking contact person for you before, during, and after your stay.

  Customer Service
Excellent customer service is one of the most important goals for South America Inside, and this is evident with the positive feedback we regularly receive from our many happy clients. Emails are answered within 48 business hours and every client is treated with the same friendliness and expertise.

  Gapless and Accurate Information flow
With South America Inside you will have one and the same contact person before, during and after your trip. With that said, we guarantee a gapless and accurate information flow and you will always be very well informed.

  Approved Program Places
Many of our program places, especially in the area of internships and volunteer work, are designed in the way that they will be recognized by most universities, colleges or academies.

113 reviews · rating4.6

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