During the first 2 weeks the group visits urban and rural health facilities in the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains, and takes part in patient care health brigades while studying medical Spanish under the guidance of physician program directors. For the third week participants work in clinics and hospitals on a more individual basis while continuing language instruction. During the final week the group travels to the upper Amazon River basin rainforest to observe operation of health facilities, and participate in rural health brigades.


The language portion of the program emphasizes medical Spanish vocabulary acquisition and use, and patient interviewing skills development.


The director is a North American physician who remains in Ecuador with participants for the entire period of the program.


Week 1: Urban Quito and Rural Mountain Imbabura Region


* Move in with Quito host families, general orientation

* International health conferences

* Medical Spanish: getting started

* Travel to Imbabura region, lodging in small indigenous community

* Group tour of mountain communities, overview of health problems

* Visits to local health centers and hospital

* Patient care in group rural community health brigades

* Individual participation with indigenous health practitioners

* Visit to regional indigenous marketplace


 Week 2: Rural Imbabura Region and Return to Quito


* Patient care in group rural community health brigades

* Individual and group rural indigenous health care activities

* Visits to community health centers

* Medical Spanish classes

* Sweat lodge health activity

* Return to Quito, lodging with host families

* Patient care in urban Quito community health brigades


Week 3: Urban Quito


* Mornings work in individual clinic/hospital healthcare sites

* Afternoons medical Spanish classes

* Group visits to medical school and historical medical museum


Week 4: Rural Tropical Rainforest


* Travel to rainforest, lodging in rainforest environmental hotel

* Overview of healthcare provision in a rainforest setting

* Patient care in group rural community health brigades

* Observation of healthcare activities in rainforest health center

* Visits with indigenous rainforest health practitioners

* Guided observation of rainforest medicinal plant uses

* Return travel to Quito, rainforest health debriefing

* Final medical Spanish learning exercises

* Farewell celebration

* Program concludes


Interhealth South America

30404 Holly Drive USF

Tampa, Florida 33620



Current Calendar



June 24 – July 21, 2018