International Rotations in Ecuador & Costa Rica

International Elective Rotations for Healthcare

Elective Rotations for healthcare students. International Rotations in Costa Rica & Ecuador. A medical Spanish immersion rotation in your healthcare context.

Ecuador Medical Spanish Immersion Rotation

Based in Cuenca, Ecuador

1-2 weeks in length

2nd half of June
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family lodging included
20 hrs/week language school
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow students and professionals
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders

Medical Spanish Immersion Rotation in Ecuador & Costa Rica

Medical Spanish immersion trip guiding principles
Based in Cuenca & Santo Domingo de Heredia

2–6 weeks in length

June start dates
Two countries in 1 trip
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family lodging included
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Collaborative community health projects
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders

Costa Rica Medical Spanish Immersion Rotation

Based in Santo Domingo de Heredia

1–6 weeks in length

Every Jan/Feb & July
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family lodging included
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Collaborative community health projects
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders
Medical Spanish Immersion Trip
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The best international medical Spanish rotation for healthcare students because…

Spanish is the focus, but there is no Spanish language minimum for you to participate. Additionally:

It’s interprofessional. Students from various healthcare specialties rotate with us
It’s a combination of both community health and global health in the same rotation
We partner with local organizations to support their community health projects
You build an appreciation for the complexities of providing medical care to marginalized populations in resource poor settings
You develop an ethical framework for approaching international medical work that is sustainable and which fosters continuity of care for the patient even while you’re not present.
You build comfort and confidence speaking Spanish
You experience Latin American health beliefs, norms and practices
You’re not alone – we’re with you every day making sure you’re well and meeting your rotation goals
You gain a better understanding of cultural norms and values that your Latino patients regard highly. These values may or may not be shared by the sub-culture you grew up in.

Learn more about the specific international rotation available to you!

MD, DO, PA, NP, RN Rotations

When: February & July
Length: 3 & 4 week programs in 4 week block

PharmD APPE

When: June – July/August
Length: 5 & 6 week programs in 6 week block

Public Health Practicum

When: February & July
Length: 3 & 4 week programs in 4 week block

Our location in Ecuador

Our programs in Ecuador run in Cuenca. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city that was known as the northern capital of the Inca empire before the Spanish arrived.

Our location in Costa Rica

Our programs in Costa Rica are based in Santo Domingo de Heredia. Santo Domingo is a suburb to the north of San José. It’s not a tourist community, it’s perfect for immersion. It also gives us great access to hotspots around Costa Rica

Medical Spanish Immersion & International Rotation Informational Webinar

This video is 12 minutes, so grab some paper to make notes, and dive in to the details of the best medical Spanish immersion trip for healthcare. In this info webinar you will learn all about:

The purpose and mission of our programs
How the 4 unique components work for you
Our goals for you
3 ways we help you make a difference with your Spanish-only patients
The day to day schedule on immersion
The towns we’re based in
How to be certain if this trip is right for you
Schedule and budget requirements
Program inclusions
Additional budgeting items to consider

Diversity and Inclusivity on Spanish Immersion

Our mission of Impacting Communities Through Language extends to ALL travelers and learners regardless of age, gender identity, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

Diversity and inclusivity on Spanish Immersion

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