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Zumbahua, Ecuador Site

Ecuadoran mom and baby

Baystate Medical Center has developed an affiliation with a hospital in Zumbahua, Ecuador. Residents and pediatric generalists and sub-specialists, nurse educators, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, dentists and other health care providers are invited to volunteer for a minimum of one month and receive room and board in return. The ability to speak Spanish and an interview are required.

Caludio-Benati Hospital, Zumbahua, EcuadorClaudio-Benati Hospital & Community Health Center

  • 12,000 feet high in the Andes
  • Remote, mountainous region
  • Indigenous Quechua-speaking population (spelled Kichwa in Ecuador)
  • Outpatient clinic and emergency room
  • 35 bed inpatient hospital including pediatrics, OB and newborn care
  • Basic lab and radiology
  • Outreach programs
  • Nutrition program
  • Dental program with outreach
  • Infectious diseases and malnutrition are leading causes of morbidity and mortality

Volunteer Opportunities

Baby weighing at clinic in Zumbahua Ecuador

There are a wide array of tasks for volunteers to do while working at Claudio-Benati Hospital:

  • Daily rounds
  • Attend deliveries
  • Work in the outpatient clinic and/or ER
  • Join an outreach team working with a specific program (TB, malnutrition, dental, etc)
  • Home visits
  • Teaching to groups of health care providers, teachers, etc.
  • Work on a nutrition project/intervention

Staff & Living

path to Ecuadoran village

There are four physicians, two dentists, two midwives and a wonderful and dedicated staff of nurses that are excellent resources for visiting health care providers. Since many of them live in larger cities, there is a house on the hospital grounds where they live while working. Volunteers also stay in this house which has multiple bunk bed rooms, hot water and a cook that prepares two hearty meals daily.

During time off, there are opportunities for hiking, walking to nearby villages, visiting the orphanage and attending the large, open-air market on Saturdays.