Cachamsi: Ecuador

Country: Ecuador
City/Town: Riobamba
Type of Site: Clinical/Language/Service Learning
Organization/Institution: Cachamsi
Year of Study: All
Dates: Open


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Application Procedures

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Program Description:

Cachamsi is a non-profit international medicine program located in the Andean highlands of Ecuador that caters to medical students, resident doctors, and other health practitioners. Cachamsi is one of the few international medicine rotations that offer structured Medical Spanish classes as well as volunteer opportunities among a unique indigenous population. Participants will gain an appreciation of cross-cultural medicine, and enjoy a vibrant and stimulating experience in Ecuador. Programs typically include a combination of Medical Spanish classes ranging in sizes of 1-10 people per instructor and clinical preceptorships at the Subcentro de Salud Cacha, Hospital del Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguro Social, Hospital de Ninos or the Hospital Militar. Programs typically are four weeks long, but can be tailored to the needs and desires of each individual candidate.

The program is located in Riobamba, the provincial capital of Chimborazo province, in the central Ecuadorian Andes. Riobamba is a quaint, friendly city of about 100,000 inhabitants, where the colonial and indigenous flavors have not given way completely to the modern and technological advanced western culture. Participants may stay with families, Rincon Aleman, or at the Fundacion Duchicela’s house in Cacha-Machangara. All sites have been carefully selected for their cleanliness, safety, and friendly disposition and all have potable, hot water, electricity, an extremely clean kitchen, and a safe, non-smoking environment.

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Estimated Budget for 1 Month

Full costs can be found online, but this is a basic budget for a one month program with Home Stay. For additional estimates, visit:

Item Cost (USD)
Airfare 950
Program Costs 1,995
Miscellaneous 500
Total $3,445