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Assistant at Public Hospital

Assist doctors and nurses (if you have medical background), Activities with patients (no medical background)

The project

In Ecuador the health service is split up into private and public health care, private hospitals are very well equipped in Ecuador while public hospitals lack beds, staff and resources to give a good standard of medical care to the population, this is why volunteers are so vital to these hospitals. 

The project is mainly aimed at medical students and nurses with experience, but people without experience are welcome too, but they are not entrusted with medical care, they take care of the patients by doing activites and talking to them. 


Your work

On your first couple of days starting at the hospital you will recieve an orientation, which includes a tour of the hospital, visiting all the areas and meeting the staff. When at the hospital you can choose in which area(s) you would like to work in, you will then accompany your doctor or nurse and look at the different procedures in this area. 

Day to day taks will depend on experience, with some experience you will take blood pressure and assist nurses on treatments. Medical students or doctors will observe surgeries and assist in treatments while people with no healthcare background will go on walk with patients and play games.

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

On the first day of the program you will have a day in Quito, exploring the city and getting to know places to go and public transport. You will also learn about issues in the country security measures and accomodations.

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
at University level
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your free time there are many different activities to choose from because you are so close to the centre. You can do sports, go to concerts happening weekly or go to one of the bars to socialize in. You also have free time to explore the wonderful culture of Ecuador


Included Services

What's included?
Help of our experienced staff including translating documents | Placement in public hospital | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Homestay | Half-board (2 meals/day) | Advise given on all travel | Airport Pick-up | Certificate of Participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation.


Living with a host family means you get to experience the culture first hand, it will also help your spanish skills, You will live in a single room with shared bathrooms and living areas.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, food is provided (2 meals per day - breakfast and dinner).

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 4 weeks and 25 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Quito, Quito , Ecuador

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