Medical Internship in Ecuador

If you are a current or aspiring medical student, a Medical Internship in Ecuador is an exceptional opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting. In addition, you’ll get a first-hand look at what medical care looks like in a developing country. As a medical intern, you’ll shadow doctors in various departments within the hospital depending on your interests and experience. Practicing physicians and clinicians are also highly encouraged to apply!

Medical students on the Medical Internship in Ecuador gain practical experience in medicine at hospitals, clinics and medical organizations.  Our medical internships have been designed specifically to meet the needs (objectives and interest areas) of medical students training to be doctors. The programs are suited for all levels of experience and qualifications.

Our Medical Internship in Ecuador will:

  • Improve your clinical skills and clinical knowledge through the observation, shadowing and guided learning activities
  • Provide exposure to various healthcare specialties depending on your interest
  • Give you an opportunity to witness unique conditions in a country different from your own
  • Improve your communication and interpersonal relations through the interaction with fellow students and other healthcare staff

Medical elective placements are available in various medical specialties such as obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, general medicine, dentistry, physical rehabilitation, nursing, surgery, and emergency, and more.

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Volunteer checking a bay's heartbeat in Ecuador


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Ecuador covers your room and full board in a host family house.  Lunches are not included during weekends as volunteers typically use this free time to explore Ecuador and experience local restaurants.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available)
  • 3 meals per day during the week & 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner on weekends
  • WiFi is usually not available at host houses, so purchasing a local SIM card for an unlocked phone is recommended
  • Tap water in Ecuador is not drinkable, so all water is boiled prior to drinking – alternatively, bottled water or the use of a camping water filter may be used
  • In the Andes region, hot water is available in host houses due to cold weather – in the coastal and Amazonian regions, due to the heat, hot water is generally not available but fans often are
  • Mosquito nets are provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

4 weeks$780
Additional weeks (each)$150
Prices for projects in Ecuador are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Private/shared room in host family home • Meals (3 on weekdays, 2 on weekends & holidays) • 24/7 local support • Airport pick-up

NOT Included: Flights • Airport return • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Medical Internship in Ecuador


For special considerations regarding all projects in Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador page.

Health Care Background Requirement

This project is limited to health care students (med school, nursing, etc.) and students planning to pursue a career in health care.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Ecuador supports a huge number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least an intermediate level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.