Public Health Exchange – Ecuador

Fundación Omar Mosquera

How did it all get started?

In April 2014 the collaboration between the organisations "Omar Mosquera Fundación" 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. Impressive because he is one of the most warm-hearted persons that -without any profit in mind - keeps on organising doctor's appointments with people from the Andes. As soon as he has gathered enough medical personal, he sets up mobile clinics in the villages of the Andes surrounding Riobamba

What is there to do for medical volunteers?

Medical students are able to join the medical teams and see patients by themselves or in company with the doctor in charge. Follow-ups and treatment are discussed and supervised, so that the students won't be left alone with decisions they are not yet ready to take. 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 (slides are prepared by Omar) in schools and/or other children's facilities.

Read our Blog of current participants


All costs have to be covered by the students. There are two options:

  1. You stay with families or the other volunteers (organised by Omar)
    • 200$ accommodation and breakfast
    • 300$ transport, lunch, dinner
  2. You stay with Inez who provides beds and food at her place
    • 350$ accommodation and three meals (she is a former cook 😉 )
    • then transport and meals in the villages have to be paid separately to Omar or people on the spot (has to be discussed individually)

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)
  • willingness to pick up some Quechua
  • an open mind and tolerance about resource scarce settings
  • flexibility
  • no fear of hands-on and self-learning

How many students do we send?

Two students twice a year.

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.

For further information on the public health exchange programme in Riobamba, Ecuador, click here.

How to apply?

  • CV
  • letter of motivation
  • language certificate

Any questions left?

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