Clinica Misional Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
The Clinica Misional Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is a rural health care center in southeastern Ecuador. It is located on the grounds of a Catholic Mission in the tropical cloud forest of the Oriente. It serves a culturally diverse impoverished indigenous population. The facility has examining rooms, dental suites with x-ray, an operating theater, pharmacy and basic laboratory. There is a hospital about one hour away. The clinic is staffed full time by an international multi-faith group of medical volunteers. Primary care physicians are asked to serve at least one month and have remained for up to one year. Surgeons and other specialists come for two to six weeks as necessary, and are expected to be accompanied by whatever support personnel that they deem appropriate. Dentists and dental technicians visit for at least three weeks, and are welcome to stay longer. There are also opportunities for teaching in the schools and for mobile health fairs. Travel is not reimbursed but room and board are covered once at the venue, with volunteer residences overlooking the Andes. There is also an apartment for a family. A working knowledge of Spanish is essential. Please explore the website including postings by various volunteer professionals, photographs of the region, and descriptions of the community. If you are interested in serving at this remarkable facility contact Padre Jorge Nigsch. We currently have openings for primary care physicians starting with May 2012 and periodic openings for surgeons and specialists.