- Riobamba, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
What is the the benefit of earning your Wilderness First Aid certification? Having this distinction shows that you are capable of assessing and treating an injured or ill person in a remote location. The remote yet stunning Andes Mountains of Ecuador are the perfect location to practice your Spanish with locals as you travel through bright mountain farms and scenic beach towns, even staying with a warm, Ecuadorian family and tasting their fresh plantain and homemade ceviche. These language skills will come in handy as you begin to earn your WFA certifications along the way, participating in both English and Spanish. Practice CPR on your travel buddies and hone your leadership skills in simulated rescue scenarios by keeping cool as horchata to safely complete your medical tasks.
Work with medical professionals in local hospitals and at a free mobile clinic where you will gain hands–on experience with rural health care and learn the importance of communication in these situations. The work you do here will last long after your summer is over. Just like your memories of the adventures you’ll go on. Learn to surf in the famous waves of Montañita, explore the “Gateway to the Amazon” in Baños and then relax after a long day in a natural hot spring with a view. After strolling along the Equator, spend an evening with your fellow Wilderness First Aid certified companions. Look back on all the work you have done in the communities you spent time in, the medical Spanish you learned and the exotic and thrilling adventures you participated in.
- Setting Description:
- This verdant and diverse land is the ideal place to gain real world wilderness medical experience as well as practice your Spanish with friendly locals. The mystical cloud forests and high altitude of the Andes provide a stunning backdrop as you run drills and practice different emergency medical scenarios on your way to becoming Wilderness First Aid certified. Travel down to dip a toe in the chilly pacific ocean and practice the medical Spanish terms you have integrated into your vocabulary. Shadow doctors and experience their challenges and success before spending the evening exploring historic cities, learning to surf and practicing your salsa moves with all your new friends.
Based on 1 Reviews
- What a time to remember!01/10/18
This trip brought so many different experiences! From the tops of mountains to the shore of the ocean, I bonded with my peers and learned many different things. After our day of touring Quito, we made out way to the beautiful mountains of Cotopaxi. The
hostel we stayed at had to most stunning landscapes I have ever scene. To make it even better, we got our Wilderness First Aid Certification with two awesome instructors. The classes were interactive and exciting. We learned both in the classroom and in the wilderness. My favorite part of the entire trip was at Cotopaxi. One day after classes, we rode horses up with mountains. We were even allowed to gallop around at the top. However, the best part was once we finally reached the summit, we glanced over and saw a huge rainbow across the sky throughout the mountain range. Spanish was also a huge part of the trip because we had to communicate with the locals. I learned the most language application during my homestay. I bonded with my homestay mom and hope to visit her soon. However, the kids were the best part. Every night we got to play soccer with them at the local field and just chat about our different cultures. After the homestay, we made our way to Riobamba to the traveling medical clinics. This part was by far the most valuable because we saw our service in action. Every person on the trip wanted to go into medicine, so these experiences were perfect. We aided with taking vital signs, taught kids how to brush their teeth, and even assisted a dentist! The end the trip, we finished in Baños to say our final goodbyes and spend time on our own. We went rock climbing and white water rafting. Those times were great because I got to just spend time with my new best friends and even family! Additionally, I am vegan which is a quite restrictive diet. The leaders made sure that I had enough food every where we went. So, do not worry if you have an allergy or restrictive diet because the leaders are there to help you. Every second was amazing and it could not have been a better trip. I highly recommend this trip to anyone and I promise you will love it!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend