The program intends to build and strengthen the skills of participants through an exchange of information, ideas, and practical knowledge of those involved in oral health. This unique program provides an opportunity for those interested in or already involved in the dental field. The principal component of the program is the clinical placement. Students will be able to actively participate in a variety of dental procedures while gaining valuable language skills in their Spanish classes. This incredible cultural experience, combined with an Ecuadorian family home-stay, will also leave participants with invaluable life skills. Participants will have an opportunity to observe and engage in the delivery of dental care in Ecuador, while providing the chance to develop one’s personal motivations and desired criteria for community service experiences.
CFHI programs offer participants the opportunity to learn more about health issues that transcend national borders, class, ethnicity, and cultural divisions. By participating in CFHI’s global health education you will gain a unique insight into healthcare systems of developing countries and increase your cultural competency. Increasing one’s awareness of other cultures (cultural competency) is becoming increasingly relevant for healthcare professionals as industrialized countries become more ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse.
All rotations are subject to change depending on local availability and general Ecuadorian holidays. Local coordinators will try and make alternate arrangements if a particular activity or facility is not available during the program month.
CFHI programs are not episodic volunteer experiences, and are not designed to provide service to those who would otherwise not have healthcare. The learning objectives for interns with CFHI are:
- Develop a larger sense of cultural competency
- Observe and develop existing clinical skills
- Broaden public health knowledge
- Develop creativity in problem-solving
- Deepen their commitment to service
- Promote medical supply conservation