Medical Doctor Volunteer

Camp Hope Foundation - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-821 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

The Camp Hope Foundation accepts children and young adults afflicted with all types of disabilities.

Since the formulation of the first camp, the foundation has been fortunate enough to add 2 more camps; one for teenagers 13-17 years old and one for young adults between the age of 18-30 years old.

Since the huge expansion of the foundation, it became apparent that many of the handicapped participants needed daily medical attention. Due to the foundation's limited economic resources it was very difficult to meet all their medical needs. With the goal of solving this problem, Camp Hope began organizing agreements with medical centres throughout the city in order to obtain medical care for their participants, at a low cost.

With the help of volunteers from other countries who specialize in different health care areas, the foundation has been able to regularly provide doctors for check-ups and surgical procedures for their clients.

Currently, the program supports medical exams, specialized treatments, orthopaedic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, ligature repairs and vasectomies. The foundation also offers support to neighbourhoods and organizations in the city of Quito that have scarce resources.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Routine Tasks

A medical doctor volunteer would be expected to perform some of the routine medical duties at the medical centre such as daily rounds and treatments as required, as well as any necessary documentation this involved. The doctor would be assisted by staff if there were any language difficulties.

Health Education

A medical doctor volunteer may be asked to contribute his expertise towards health education to parents and/or children at the foundation. This is very important as some clients and caregivers need guidance on how to best care for certain types of disabilities, as well as knowledge about signs and symptoms to watch out for to prevent complications to their conditions.

Medical Presentations

Medical doctor volunteers may be asked to conduct presentations to the medical staff in Ecuador. These presentations may discuss the different approaches to the treatment of medical conditions in their native country in comparison to those in Ecuador or they may wish to discuss new methods of treatment that are currently being tried in their native country and the results they are experiencing .

Operation Procedures

A medical doctor volunteer may be asked to assist in the operating room during major or minor surgical procedures. The extent of the assistance would usually depend on the previous experience of the doctor.

Host Organization Details

Camp Hope Foundation

In 1979 (designated the International Year of Persons with Disabilities) a study conducted by the Institute of the Child and Family, reported that 12% of the Ecuadorian population suffered from some form of disabling condition – mental, emotional or sensory origin. This statistic is significantly higher than the world wide estimate of 10% reported the same year by the World Health Organization.

Due to high birth rates and strained economic situations in Ecuador, the care of the disabled population has not been made a priority. Currently there are only 40 special education schools and rehabilitation facilities in Ecuador. These schools serve less than 1% of persons with special needs in Ecuador.

Behind these alarming facts lies the more tragic reality that education is continually denied to physically disabled children of normal intelligence due to handicap inaccessibility in schools and a lack of public understanding of the intellectual abilities of these children. As a result of this appalling situation, the majority of these children remain uneducated, unattended, dependent and captive in their homes.

The Camp Hope Foundation accepts children afflicted with all types of disabilities including: muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other different forms of paralysis. The goal of the camp is to encompass both the physical and spiritual realms of the child by providing experiences which would promote social, physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

Their programs include swimming, handicrafts, sports, Bible stories, singing and one-on-one interaction time for both small and large groups. The activities are individually adjusted for each child's needs so that everyone, despite their disability, can participate.

Since the formulation of the first camp, the foundation has been fortunate enough to add 2 more camps; one for teenagers 13-17 years old and one for young adults between the age of 18-30 years.

The successful completion of the camps brought about the realization for the need of year-round care for handicapped children. This realization was what sparked the formulation of the Camp Hope Foundation Centre that offers attention, recreation, rehabilitation, regular academic education and special needs education, as well as vocational resources and spiritual support. The centre's program also includes regular home visitations and family counselling.

The majority of families involved with the Camp Hope Foundation live in poverty and are unable to contribute even marginally to the programs. Thus, the majority of the funds for their programs come from donations of organizations.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Camp Hope is a Christian Foundation, but there are no religious requirements for volunteers.

When They Were Founded

In 1983, "The Camp", staffed by missionaries, was the first in Ecuador. Although the majority of the staff had prior experience working with children with special needs, all staff members were required to complete an intensive two day orientation that focused on the goals of the program and taught the staff members about the special needs of the children. The first pilot camp had seventeen children ranging in age from six to sixteen.

How Are They Funded

In 1990, the Ecuadorian government recognized Camp Hope as a legal, non profit, charitable Christian Foundation. With this status, Camp Hope is able to work with international organizations and receive donations without having to pay a duty tax. Furthermore, it enables Camp Hope to receive volunteers who help with the development of the different programs of Camp Hope and participate in projects funded by the Ecuadorian Government.

Donation Requests

Camp Hope Foundation would appreciate any donations such as:

Clothes for children ages 4 months to 17 years of age Toys Any school supplies and materials Notebooks Coloured pencils etc.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

In Ecuador, the reality is that many families of handicapped children lack the economic resources and education to adequately care and provide for their children. Unfortunately these circumstances result in the abandonment of many handicapped children.

The Camp Hope Foundation currently assists 16 of these children through a small orphanage called “Casa Hogar”, which is led by its own program coordinator. Trained staff take care of the children, aiming to make them feel at home and helping them with their daily needs.

Future Development:

The Camp Hope Foundation is hoping to soon be able to expand their accommodations by adding another floor to the home thus providing room for more handicapped and orphaned children.

Three distinct workshop areas will be built. These areas include a carpentry workshop, a metal furniture workshop and a workshop to make the coverings for the metal furniture. Paid teachers will head the workshops and the finished products will be sold to the general public.

The proceeds will go directly to the handicapped adults themselves. Many of the adults participating in the workshops will live in dorm-like accommodations. These dorms will be constructed when the workshops are being built.

There are also plans to develop a horseback riding therapeutic section.

These projects are still in the beginning stages and will need much support from organizations and companies in order to become a reality.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp house walk one block to 6 de Diciembre Street; get on the Ecovia Bus at Baca Ortiz Station to the North of Quito. You are going to travel for about 30 minutes to the end of the line which is across Rio Coca Station , then change buses to one that goes to Terminal Terrestre Carcelen . From there it is best to take a taxi and give the driver the address "Calle Juan Barrezueta N77-298 y Av. Juan de Selis Casilla". The taxi fee will be no more than 2 dollars.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 15 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Hospital Eugenio Espejo
Gran Colombia s/n
Quito
TEL 1: 593 2 230-212

Placement Address

Camp Hope Foundation
Calle Juan Barrezueta N77-298 Y Av. Juan De Selis Casilla 17-17-675
Quito
Ecuador

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
620
 
  3 Weeks
844
 
  4 Weeks
1,068
 
  5 Weeks
1,243
 
  6 Weeks
1,418
 
  7 Weeks
1,593
 
  8 Weeks
1,768
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
175
 

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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