Improve Public Health System Navigation for Indigenous Patients

Support Good Health and Well-being in Otavalo, Ecuador

User Research, Medical Professionals, Medical Support, Nursing
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
6¼ months to 24 months
Must Speak: 
English, Spanish
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity, Meal Stipend, Good For Families

We think this is an exciting project for the experienced medical professional to support health in Otavalo, Ecuador in exchange for free room and board.

Opportunity Details


We are an organization that facilitates cross-cultural service learning, community initiatives, and scholarships in highland Ecuador and Mali's Dogon Country.

We need an Experteer that will assist patients of all ages who are referred by volunteer medical providers for additional care. The Experteer will need to contact them and help them navigate the public health system, the Experteer will also need to work along side local health care professionals and organization staff to set up and accompany patients to appointments at the rural health centers and the hospitals in Otavalo, Ibarra, or Quito.

You will also help prepare for and participate in Health Care Volunteer Vacations. The preparation will consist of getting paperwork ready, delivering letters to inform the communities, and organizing and taking inventory of medicines and supplies. During the medical volunteer programs, you will be a part of the team traveling to a different rural village each day to provide primary care. We are seeking someone with case management experience who can improve our efficiency and effectiveness in teaching patients to use the public health system.


This project will be deemed a success if, by the end,follow-up 25 referred patients have received the follow up care they need through Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health and/or other local foundations. Additionally, the Experteer will have created a new patient follow-up manual to guide future volunteers and will have written a program model to help us seek funding for the patient follow-up program.


  • User Research
  • Medical Professionals
  • Medical Support
  • Nursing


  • English
  • Spanish

We Provide These Local Benefits


In return for your services, you will be placed with a host family, which will allow countless opportunities to explore the indigenous cultures and subsistence lifestyles of highland Ecuador as well as the natural environment around you.


Homecooked meals with the host family will be provided.


The experteer will learn in great detail about the challenges and successes of the public health system in Ecuador, including cultural and linguistic barriers, financial limitations, and efforts by dedicated staff to care for the population.  The experteer will also learn about the fascinating Otavaleño culture and lifestyles.  Finally, he or she will experience first-hand a dynamic intercultural non-profit seeking to support the local communities in effecting positive change.


  • The opportunity to participate in unique cultural activities and be a part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team
  • Detailed orientation and ongoing support from the Ecuador Program Manager
  • Work expenses including local transportation, cell phone, etc.
  • The opportunity to participate free of charge in Health Care Volunteer Vacations (normally a fee of $1450 per week is charged)

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

Currently accepting applications

Apply as soon as possible


Industry: Global Development, Travel & Tourism

Mission: Good Health and Well-being

Size: Small organization: 5 - 25 persons

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