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TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN THE AMAZON (MIDWIFERY)

Discover and explore the marvelous world of ancestral and natural medicine of the Quichua indigenous cultures.

The project

This group of Quechua women were worried about the medicinal ancestral knowledge that has been disappearing, so they decided to organize a way to give the service of the community and teach them the tradition.

The midwifes, of course, work taking care of the patients before, during and after the pregnancy with the traditional techniques, such as the vertical childbirth. On the other hand, they work on other areas like: health (for the community in general); “live” pharmacy, where they use the medicinal plants without processing them; green pharmacy of natural compounds; nutrition advisory (for pregnancy women); and the accommodation & touristic area.

Dates/Length

Project available year-round. 1 month minimum.

 

 

Costs

2 weeks – $1750
1 month – $2300
2 months – $3400
3 months – $4500
Each extra week  – $275

Location details

Accommodation is in the volunteer´s house, two meals are included.

Requirements

Spanish level: Independent user B1. Must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Itinerary Sample

Mondays to Fridays

8:00 to 13:00 working at the project learning about medicinal plants and tradicional techniques
13:00 to 14:00 lunch and resting time
14:00 to 16:00 work at the different areas of the project

 

 

Role of the participant

You will have the opportunity to watch, learn and assist in different procedures of traditional medicine and midwifery. Also you´ll be able to participate in the community activities and the other working areas of the center. 

Skills required

Willingness to learn and help, be open, flexible, patient, caring passionate, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity.

What’s Included?

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Accomodation

Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)

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Transfer from Quito to project

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Cellphone

Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50

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Aiport pick-up

EcuaExplora staff ready to transport you

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Support 24 hours

On the ground EcuaExplora staff available

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First weekend accomodation

In a hostal in Quito with breakfast

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Orientation

(includes city tour and lunch)

Not Included

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Health insurance (REQUIRED)

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Meals not specified

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Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day

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Optional extras

Add $60 per week for 6 hours Spanish classes if in Quito.

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