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Medical Volunteering

Medical Volunteering

Medical volunteering in coastal Ecuador is an excellent option for those wanting to experience the hands on, limited technology approach of third world medicine. You will find it enriching, rewarding and inspirational and go home with a better understanding of the difficulties associated with providing healthcare with very limited resources.

From day one you will be working side by side with local doctors and nurses, using your medical skills as they complete their daily tasks. You will have plenty of direct patient contact and the opportunity to participate in house visits as well as working in the lab and pharmacy. What makes Montañita a truly great medical volunteering experience is the level of patient interaction and the willingness of your supervisors to share their knowledge and skills. Both of which will contribute immeasurably to your professional development. Whilst developing your medical skills by gaining hands on experience you also will be making a real difference to the life quality of our impoverished rural community.

Our Organizations
Futuro Valdivia is a non-profit medical centre located in San Pedro, only a 20 minute bus ride away from Montanita. The centre was completely renovated in 2010 and thus received modern equipment. Throughout the year, the centre maintains a mix of experienced local doctors and medical volunteers from universities all over the world, which creates a very nice environment to work in. The centre is highly organized and provides different medical programs for the local community. They provide care in general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and cardiology.

The closest hospital to Montañita is located in Manglaralto, the adjacent town to the south. Manglaralto Hospital provides a different kind of medical experience through the delivery of community healthcare projects. The Hospital Director is excited about working with our volunteers out in the countryside and believes your assistance is much needed.

There is a minimum medical volunteering period of 4 weeks, which must be done alongside our Medical Spanish program.
To ensure that the assistance we give our medical partners is worthwhile and ethical, we have a few requirements that medical volunteers need to meet. You will therefore need to send us a copy of your CV, which should cover the following:

  1.  Area of studies or Profession (Eg, medical student, dental student, EMT, nurse etc)
  2. Years of experience in your healthcare related profession. If you are a student, please indicate your course of study, your current year of study and your anticipated year of graduation
  3. The school or university where you are currently studying or have studied
  4. The reason you wish to participate in our Medical Volunteering Program; letter of interest to cover any Academic requirement for studies, professional interests or personal goals
  5. Areas of interest and which area you would prefer to do your rotation (Eg. Family practice. General medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, medical team, home visits, etc.)
  6. Your current level of Spanish


When we have received satisfactory personal information, we then need an official letter of recommendation from your dean, supervisor, or sponsor stating that you are in good standing and that you are being recommended to participate in our Medical Volunteering program.

Once you have satisfactorily completed the above, and there is availability, your volunteer placement will be confirmed. You will then receive a volunteer agreement that will need to be signed and returned to our volunteer coordinator before your arrival. When you arrive in Montañita you will need to bring a few things with you:

  1. Copy of your passport
  2. Copy of your medical insurance card
  3. Scrubs (two sets and if possible a stethoscope)

Medical Volunteer options and requirements


Montanita Spanish School
Address: Via Principal, en la montaña 50 metros antes del Paradero de buses (On the main street, on the hill 50 meters before the bus stop).
Telephone: from abroad: (593-4) 2060116 - in country: (04) 2060116
Cell: from abroad: (593-9) 99184735 / in country: (09) 99184735

Montanita Spanish school voted by the Language Industry as one of the top 5 Spanish schools worldwide (STAR awards 2009)9)enter; margin-top: 8px">In loving memory of our founder and inspiration: Warwick White