South America Inside

Support Public Hospitals

Quito , Ecuador show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Make a patient smile! Assist doctors and nurses and plan activities for patients at a hospital in Ecuador. Gain hands-on medical experience! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

In Ecuador, the healthcare system is split up into both private and public hospitals. Private hospitals are very well equipped, while public hospitals often lack beds, staff, and other resources needed to provide adequate medical care to the population. These hospitals rely heavily on volunteers to provide the care that patients desperately need.

The project is mainly aimed at medical students and nurses with experience, but people without experience are welcome too. Although those without experience can’t provide medical care, they can still care for patients by doing activities and talking with them. Any assistance provided is greatly needed and appreciated.


Your Tasks

During your first couple of days of volunteering at the hospital, you will receive an orientation. This includes a tour of the hospital, a visit to all the different areas, and a meeting with the staff. While at the hospital, you can choose which area(s) you would like to work in, and then you will accompany your doctor or nurse and look at the different procedures in the area. 

Day-to-day tasks will depend on your previous experience. Volunteers who have some medical experience will take blood pressure and assist nurses during treatments. Medical students or doctors will observe surgeries and assist with treatments. Those with no healthcare background will go on walks with patients and play games with them.

You can choose if you want to work Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm until 5:30 pm (subject to changes). You will have weekends off.

On the first day of the project, you will spend the day in Quito where you will explore the city and familiarize yourself with the public transportation system. You will also learn about issues in the country, security measures, and more details about your accommodation.

Free-time activities

In your free time, there are many different activities to choose from since you are so close to the center of the city. You can do sports, go to concerts (weekly), or socialize in one of the city’s many bars and restaurants. You will also have time to explore the wonderful culture of Ecuador! Day trips to do outdoor-sports can be booked at tour agencies in Quito.



Program 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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Single room with local host family
  2. Half-board (breakfast, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Airport pick-up at the airport in Quito can be added to an additional cost of 40 USD.


In order to immerse yourself completely into the Ecuadorian culture, you will live with one of the carefully selected host families. You can practice your Spanish skills in everyday situations and get to know the country's traditions and cuisine firsthand. If you have questions or need help, your host family will always be there to assist you. You will have your own room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) every day and laundry service once a week included.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board (breakfast, dinner) included.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,160
5 weeks
$ 1,335
6 weeks
$ 1,510
7 weeks
$ 1,685
8 weeks
$ 1,860
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,660
Average fees
$ 242 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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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