Explore the world of medicine while earning your Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and learning medical Spanish in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains and pristine beaches of the Pacific coast.
This isn't your local hospital at home. This is a real-world, limited technology approach to healthcare that is the reality for so much of the world. It isn't all work and no play, though. Take breaks in your medical and Spanish lessons to go on day hikes in the Cotopaxi mountains, surf the Pacific coastline and soak in the rich Ecuadorian culture. Esta es la vida!
|June 18 - July 16||C||28 days||$6,980||Available|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications, documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
Ecuador Medical Spanish offers 3 Spanish language and 3 health science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 35 hours of documented community service and 1 certification.
There is no better way to learn about medicine than alongside professional doctors and nurses in real-world clinics and hospitals, and there’s no better way to learn a language than by being surrounded by its native speakers and immersed in its culture. Students will experience a different side of Spanish as they learn medical vocabulary and gain medical conversational abilities –a practical skill that will benefit any doctor or health care professional. While gaining proficiency in medical Spanish, embark on an intensive 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.
After furthering your proficiency at a local language school, shadow doctors in a local hospital, and learn the importance of doctor-patient communication. Participate in clinical rotations and learn the fundamentals of patient triage and basic patient assessment and evaluation. Plan and execute medical educational training. Study the Ecuadorian medical system and the challenges that rural communities face in health care. Gain hands-on experience in the medical field and learn the importance of communicating medical information in a second language.
Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Ecuador, work with local clinics in rural areas to provide healthcare to communities with limited access. Projects are determined by the needs of the community at the time, but possible projects include:
After you arrive in beautiful Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage city, settle in and get to know your fellow adventurers as you tour Quito’s historic center and even straddle the equator line at “La Mitad del Mundo.” Then, your medical work begins as you start an intensive 80 hour class to earn your Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, a course that prepares you to respond to a variety of medical emergencies. It’s a tough course, but so rewarding for those interested in getting started in the world of medicine. Practice your newfound medical knowledge in both English and Spanish during realistic rescue scenarios, basic life support instruction and injury and illness management—all while surrounded by the beautiful Andes mountains.
Return to sea level and Montañita, a hip and scenic beach town on the Pacific coast, where you’ll stay with warm and welcoming local families to really hone your conversational Spanish skills. Mornings are spent in small-group medical Spanish lessons at a local language school and afternoons volunteering in the community. Warm evenings promise dance lessons and cooking classes. Not to mention, Montañita is famous for its waves—there will be surfing lessons!
Back to the mountains, where Riobamba sits high in the sierra portion of the Andes and is the perfect spot to dig into our clinical work. Here, you’ll work alongside doctors and medical professionals at a free mobile clinic, learning about the challenges of rural health care and importance of communication while providing families with much-needed medical care. Rotate through different stations, assisting with dentistry, working in the pharmacy, taking vitals and shadowing doctors during routine health assessments. Leave with real-world experience of what it’s like to be a medical professional in a variety of different disciplines and a new level of conversational Spanish.
Conclude your fulfilling trip with a visit to Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. Take a long hike in the mountains, raft the Pastaza river and relax in the mineral hot springs while you reflect on all that you have learned, the lasting friendships made and where your newfound skills will take you next.
Trip tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodation and activities from the time you arrive on location. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees and optional college credits. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.
For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
Step one: submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit while you complete the secondary application. Step two: we will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview, transcript). Once we accept your secondary application pieces and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured!
Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.
We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more information, click here.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.
We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot (pending your acceptance into the program), and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.