Program Details

The remote and stunning Andes Mountains of Ecuador are the perfect location to earn your Wilderness First Aid certification. Learn medical Spanish and go on an adventure along the Equator, making a difference by shadowing doctors at clinics along the way.
Riobamba, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

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.

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  • What a time to remember!

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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