Patient Care Volunteer

Children's Hospital Baca Ortiz - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-149 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 40 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

Hospital Baca Ortiz is one of the largest children's hospitals in Ecuador and provides emergency, as well as, long-term care for Ecuadorian boys and girls, ( new born to fifteen years old).

Patients arrive from all over Ecuador, especially from isolated, poor areas (as this is a government funded facility) and there is a lack of funding plus personnel to take care of all of the needs of the children. Even the poorest families are charged for their child's medical treatment.

For this reason volunteers are greatly appreciated in the work they do and the element of hope and care they add to the atmosphere in the hospital. A patient care volunteer would have an amazing experience in helping sick kids feel better by playing, reading and teaching them. At Baca Ortiz Hospital most of the children's parents can not afford to visit due to the expense of accommodations etc. Therefore, many of the children are alone and volunteers can truly make a difference in the emotional well-being of these sick kids.

Patient care volunteers will not be involved in medical procedures with the children.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Daycare

One of the main areas that a patient care volunteer would be working in is the ¨Ludoteca¨ or play area. Children who are well enough are allowed to go to the play area after the morning rounds to play games and carry out other recreational activities. They enjoy being able to go somewhere else and not be in their beds on the wards all day.

Teach

Patient Care Volunteers are more than welcome to take the initiative to give English, math, music lessons or any educational activity to the children. Your main task with these children is to play, motivate and help them to smile and forget about their worries for a little while. Some of these children are long-term patients at the hospital and they miss a large part of their academic education. If the medical situation allowed perhaps some of these children could be taught some subjects at their academic level in school.

Lunch Tickets

One of the tasks that a patient care volunteer may be asked is to coordinate the handing of lunch tickets. Sadly there is never enough tickets for everyone and attention must be given that the patients who require them the most, receive them first.

Hospital Assistance

A patient care volunteer may be asked to help with other duties in the hospital such as: changing babies diapers, restocking supplies or helping to make beds. However, most duties would involve caring for the social needs of the children, at their bedsides or other areas of the hospital where they can help the most.

Host Organization Details

Children's Hospital Baca Ortiz

Hospital Baca Ortiz is one of the largest children's hospitals in Ecuador and provides emergency, as well as, long-term care for Ecuadorian boys and girls, ( newborn to fifteen years old). The "MISSION" of this hospital is: to provide children from all over Ecuador with excellent health care, to provide for those who are sick a happy, pleasant environment during their stay.

Although the hospital is state-funded, it does not have enough funds to cover patient care, therefore, even the poorest families are charged for their child's medical treatment. Parents must find a way to pay the fees in order for their child to be seen and receive medical care of any kind.

The hospital's major units include: a cancer care ward, a trauma ward, a burn unit, a cardiology department and respiratory unit, intensive care for newborns, infants and older children, and an out-patient department.

Children's Hospital Baca Ortiz, was founded on July 14 1948, which means they have been saving the lives of children for over 60 years and as a result have become recognized as a National Specialized Children's Hospital. According to recent statistics approximately 140,000 children from all over the country are treated each year in the various departments of the Hospital.

When They Were Founded

Baca Ortiz Hospital, is a very large public children´s hospital in Quito treating children age new born to 15 years old. The hospital was founded in 1948 by the Ecuadorian government and has been treating children for over 60 years. Children from all over Ecuador come here to receive medical treatment. Unfortunately, however, the hospital's funds from the government do not extend to patient care and a fee must be paid by the parents or guardian of any child to receive medical care.

Who They Work With

Children come to be treated from all over Ecuador at this location in the heart of Quito.

How Are They Funded

This hospital receives minimal funding from the Ecuadorian government and patients are charged for any treatment they receive. There is a group of women who volunteer in the hospital and they often try to fund raise for terminally ill children whose parents cannot afford even basic treatments, however, the demand for this kind of financial support is overwhelming.

Donation Requests

The hospital would appreciate any type of donation that is given to them. Donations that they have suggested include: latex gloves, blankets, bed sheets, pillows, children's clothing (especially warm sweaters, because it gets cold in Ecuador), pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books (make photocopies of pages so more children can benefit), reusable diapers, construction paper, memory games, educational games for young children to learn English, fun games or toys for small infants, books in Spanish, puzzles for small children and building blocks, (large ones that can not be swallowed), plus donations to help provide surgical or medical treatment for children who can not afford it.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

Hospital Baca Ortiz, founded in 1976, is one of the biggest children's hospitals in Ecuador and provides emergency as well as long-term care for Ecuadorian boys and girls. Although the hospital is state-funded it does not have enough funds to cover patient care, therefore even the poorest families are charged for their medical care. There are some heart-breaking stories of children, in critical conditions, whose families cannot afford the treatment and therefore the child does not receive the necessary treatment. However, there are other situations that bring hope and happiness to many families, especially when funds are raised by volunteers (there is an endless need for their work).

The facility provides treatment for cancer, trauma, severe burns, surgery, intensive care units for newborns, infants, and older children, as well as respiratory and cardiology units among others.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Take an Ecovia Bus, the station is located just two blocks from the BaseCamp house - take the bus that goes to the South of the city. You have to get off on the Baca Ortiz Station, the Hospital Baca Ortiz is located just across the street from the station. Ask for the Volunteer building.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
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

Clínica San Francisco
Av. 6 de Diciembre 2043 y Colón
Quito
TEL 1: 593 2 2 561 775
TEL 2: 593 2 2 562 291

Placement Address

Children's Hospital Baca Ortiz
6 De Diciembre Y Colón
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


Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 40 USD

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.

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
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 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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