Public Health Exchange – Ecuador

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SOFE - Sociedad forjando esperanza, Riobamba

The collaboration between SOFE - Sociedad forjando esperanza and UnifiedForHealth is still fresh: SOFE's passionate local volunteers for public health and social justice welcomed our first volunteer in autumn 2021. In addition to promotion of basic health care, the organisation's focus is on all kinds of educational and social projects, that you can find on their facebook page.

FOM - Fundación Omar Mosquera, Riobamba

In April 2014 the collaboration between "Fundación Omar Mosquera (FOM)", UnifiedForHealth and bvmd (Bundesvertretung Medizinstudierende Deutschlands e.V.) developed. While working in a hospital in Riobamba (Ecuador), medical students from Germany met Omar - founder of the organisation and an impressive personality. As soon as he has gathered enough medical personal, he sets up mobile clinics in the villages of the Andes surrounding Riobamba.
Medical students join the medical teams and see patients by themselves or in company with the doctor in charge. The training enables students to gain experiences in illnesses that are rarely seen any more in Germany (e.g. varicella, measles, worm infections, non-treated wound infections etc.), which broadens both the personal and the medical horizon. Additionally, students are invited to give short lectures on hygiene, drinking water, nutrition & reproductive health in schools and/or other children's facilities.


SOFE volunteer work with cancer patients
SOFE volunteer work in a child & youth centre


All costs have to be covered by the students. You stay with families or in a flat with the other volunteers (organised by FOM or SOFE). Omar asks for the following contributions to cover his costs:

  • 200$/month accommodation and breakfast
  • 300$/month transport, lunch, dinner

Flight costs: around 900$ (for travelling allowance can be applied via the bvmd)

How long should you stay?

We ask a minimum of 4 weeks, but preferably you stay longer - up to 8 weeks.

What does it need to be accepted?

  • a very good level of Spanish (B2)
  • basic clinical skills (clinical examination etc.)
  • an open mind and tolerance about resource scarce settings
  • flexibility
  • no fear of hands-on and self-learning

When and where to apply?

You can apply during spring (April, 15 - May, 15) or fall (November, 1 - November, 30) term via the homepage of the bvmd. You can also contact us directly at any time. 

What is needed for an application?

  • CV
  • letter of motivation
  • language certificate Spanish

Any questions left?

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