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Overview

Explore the world of medicine while earning your Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification and learning medical Spanish in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains and pristine beaches of the Pacific coast.

Get ready to take your medical and Spanish skills to new heights. In a village nestled in the heart of the Andes, gain valuable medical knowledge that will prepare you for the challenges ahead. Learn general medical concepts and basic life support skills while earning your WFA certification. From the mountains it's off to the Pacific coast where you'll take level-appropriate courses in medical Spanish and practice various patient interaction scenarios . Venture to a medical clinic in a remote village where you'll utilize your Spanish and work alongside doctors and nurses in rotations including triage, pharmaceuticals, dentistry and educational outreach.

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, horseback ride along winding mountain trails, share a meal with your homestay family and soak in the rich Ecuadorian culture. Esta es la vida!

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 18 - July 9 HS22 days$6,180Open
July 12 - August 2 HS22 days$6,180Available
Earn & Learn
Ecuador Medical Spanish Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

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 college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 30 hours of documented community service and 1 certification.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 1 year of high school Spanish

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description

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, students embark on an intensive 20-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, have daily Spanish lessons, spend a week at a local beachside Spanish school.

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.

Course Objectives
  • Improve Spanish fluency, reading, writing and verbal comprehension
  • Earn the world-recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification
  • Practice emergency medicine through realistic rescue scenarios
  • Expand on students’ basic knowledge of conversational Spanish with medical vocabulary and terminology
  • Gain a basic level of medical knowledge by shadowing doctors and nurses in local clinics and hospitals
  • Develop an understanding of Ecuadorian culture
COMMUNITY SERVICE

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:

  • Help set up and run rural mobile health clinics in developing communities
  • Assist with clinical rotations for patients in need of general health exams and dentistry
  • Participate in beach clean up
  • Assist with sustainable affordable housing construction

1 Certifications

30 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Ecuador Medical Spanish Itinerary

Itinerary

Ecuador medical Spanish immersion
1

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”. In the evening, travel to a working farm nestled in the mountain folds of the Rumiñahui Volcano. Earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification as you take breaks to explore Ecuador on hikes and horseback rides. Practice your new backcountry medical knowledge in both English and Spanish during realistic rescue scenarios while trekking through the beautiful Andes mountains.

2

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. Take a break from your studies one morning to embark an exhilarating whale watching tour, catching an awe-inspiring breaching or two. Warm evenings promise dance lessons and cooking classes. Not to mention, Montañita is famous for its waves ‘ there will be surfing lessons!

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3

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 care. Rotate through different stations, assisting with dentistry, working in the pharmacy, taking vitals and shadowing doctors during routine health assessments. A locally designed service project to improve community infrastructure will leave concrete evidence of your time in the Andes.

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4

Conclude your fulfilling trip with a visit to Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. Take a long hike in the mountains, explore the local landscape, 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.

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Earn a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification
  • Volunteer in rural village clinics
  • Shadow physicians and assist with health assessments
  • Homestay with a local family and attend classes at a community school
  • Hike through the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Surf along the Pacific coast and go horseback riding
Ecuador Medical Spanish Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Abigail S. from Winchester, VA

It’s difficult to choose one highlight of this trip when everything has been amazing and eye opening. There was the end of the Incapirca hike, when we saw the trucks and felt an overwhelming sense of both accomplishment and relief. There was the El Cajas hike where we got to enjoy beauty the beauty that was lost on us during the first hike. There was the horseback ride through the hills at the base of Cotopaxi that made us all feel like majestic cowboys. These were all close contenders for my highlight of this trip, but the champion, the true highlight, was the day we finished our service project at the school. None of the other feelings mentioned can compare to the feeling of looking at your work and feeling like you’ve done something to make a difference, not just for yourself, but for someone else.

Melanie Thompson Coquitlam from British Columbia

Thank you Broadreach for making our sons experience such a positive one. Not only did he mature, but your commitment to making sure that all your participants stay healthy, both physically and mentally was excellent. Your staff is excellent!

Molly Keisman

My experience with Broadreach was incredible. I had a group that I really connected with and instructors that were eager to provide us with a great experience. In some ways, the trip was different than I expected It wasn’t easy. In fact, it pushed me mentally and physically and now I can say that I have hiked in the Andes Mountains, camped, did a homestay, and more. I tried so many things, took so many risks, and learned about a country which I had no prior knowledge of, but now love. Thanks to this trip, my Spanish comprehension and speaking ability really improved. We were always learning, even when it didn’t feel like it.

Gardner and Deborah Britt from Santa Rosa, CA

It is difficult to convey adequately the superlative qualities of this program. Each facet – adventure backpacking in the Andes, Spanish language instruction at the hacienda, cultural immersion in a beautiful colonial city, community service – could have stood alone as justification for the trip. The leaders and organizers showed a gift and expertise in organization, attention to detail, vision, and the ability to realize their vision.

Anne Williams from Shaker Heights, OH

The language immersion programs Immersion Ecuador and Immersion Costa Rica/Nicaragua were amazing experiences for my daughters. They entered their senior years of high school with increased self confidence and a clearer sense of direction for college. Their language skills improved and their increased appreciation of diversity and environment is wonderful to witness.

Erika Reiger

This Broadreach trip has taught me so much about myself and has allowed me to push my boundaries and see what I am capable of. The people who attend these programs are incredible and help you to test yourself in ways I could never have imagined. This trip has been so memorable for me and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.

Grace B. from Austin, TX

I really enjoyed this trip. It was challenging, interesting and fun. Throughout the trip we got to meet a lot of interesting people, make new friends and had lots of time to practice and improve our Spanish. The activities planned were fun. I’ve made some great new friends and learned a lot about the culture here in Ecuador. Everything is beautiful here- the people, the land and the culture. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Jan Maddison from West Lake, CA

This adventure was so fabulous giving our daughter the most wonderful exposure to a completely different culture, while managing to reinforce her belief that we as human beings are all fundamentally the same. Meeting people both with the group and those along the way, and sharing their experiences will give her family and friends fabulous stories to enjoy. Such an amazing adventure, thank you Broadreach!

Marta Phillips from Darien, CT

Broadreach provided the opportunity to explore Ecuador: climb mountains, learn to weave, live with a family, dance around fires, and make new friends with peers from different parts of the country. Sarah is now starved for more adventures. Thank you!

Lauren H. from Durham, NC

Discovering the Ecuadorean culture during my trip was absolutely fascinating. Going from Salsaca, an indigenous community known for its intricate, traditional weavings, to Alausi where we explored the town and interacted with local kids to Cuenca where we had fabulous experiences with our home-stay families- going to futbol games, salsa dancing, and ice cream trips- I couldn’t have asked for a better summer than this!

Logan F. from Charlottesville, VA

My experience with Broadreach was incredible and is something that I’ll never forget. I loved every part of the trip from hiking five days on the Inca Trail to living with my home-stay family in Cuenca. I created both memories and relationships that I’ll never forget. I am already planning on revisitng Ecuador in the future and sharing some of the same experiences I had while here with family and friends.

Ryan Nathenson

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Ecuador. Though there were parts that were challenging, like the Inga Peca hike and the time in Alto Coca, it was a fun trip. My Spanish has greatly improved and I am much more comfortable speaking with others. Everyone in our group got along well and I have gained a new perspective and appreciation for the comforts back at home. My favorite part of the trip was when we visited the hot spring after our week of living in the jungle doing service work.

Samantha Glenn

This trip was so much fun! I have so many memories from it that it is difficult to choose my favorites! I remember all of the laughs and the people here are so amazing. These experiences are like none I have ever had before. Backpacking, seeing a volcano erupt, hot springs, homestays, food, horseback riding, and so much more!

Jeanne Jung from Chapel Hill, NC

This trip was incredibly rewarding. Being able to work in the clinics was an amazing way to learn about a new culture. The local people are very inviting and the food was diverse and delicious. My group bonded immediately, and looking back I can’t believe how much we accomplished and saw on this trip.

Robin and John Parsons from Chicago, IL

Our daughter had an amazing trip. Thank you! Charlotte’s Spanish improved incredibly, and she loved her host family as well as the kids on her trip and leaders. It was a fabulous experience!

Dyan Simon from Key Biscane, FL

Jared had a fantastic time. He totally bonded with the group and felt that he made wonderful friends. It was nice that it was a small group. He came home saying he was more confident in his speaking fluency in spanish and that was very important to us. I never was concerned about his safety, I felt like he was in good hands having met Ben at the airport.
The only negative that I heard from him was the packing list. It only focused on the hiking portion so we really didn’t pack enough clothes but he managed.

Emily Carney from Chicago, IL

My home-stay experience was really valuable. I was able to grow closer with my friends and family and learn lots of new Spanish.

Sarah Acselrod from Westport, CT

I loved how we were able to do unique activities in different places all over Ecuador. Group bonding in the secluded and cozy lodge in Cotopaxi, Spanish class by the beaches in Montañita, clinics in Riobamba and adventures in Baños were all great experiences and helped us get to know the country.

Ecuador Medical Spanish FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

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.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

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.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

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).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, 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).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

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.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and 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 details, click here.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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