Child Family Health International (CFHI) Ecuador: Sexual Health as a Human Right

Quito | Ecuador

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Interns learn about educational and outreach strategies used to educate populations from different age and socio-economic status regarding sexual and reproductive health. Each intern will collaborate with Copprende, a local non-profit organization, and local professionals to promote sexual /reproductive health knowledge. Interns will learn from local experts about project management and develop skills to teach and assist on education surrounding sexual and reproductive health issues.

About the Organization

Founded in 1992 by Dr. Evaleen Jones, Child Family Health International offers educational and community health programs at 20+ sites in 6 countries. To date, their programs have 7000+ alumni from 35 countries.

IE3 works in partnership with CFHI to provide superior programs to students studying pre-medicine, pre-nursing and other health-related fields. The CFHI/IE3 combination program provides students with all of the benefits of IE3 program participation, as well as in-country support and guidance from CFHI.

The sexual health as a human right program in Quito, Ecuador offers interns the possibility to observe governmental policy in action through collaboration with Copprende, a non-profit organization. Ecuador is one of the few Latin American countries to explicitly guarantee sexual and reproductive health rights for all citizens in their constitution. In establishing this guarantee the issue has been given increased priority by state and local health ministries. To comply with new laws, federal and state governments have given the responsibility of advancing sexual and reproductive health education to local nonprofits such as COPPRENDE.

Copprende’s main goal is to provide information about sexual and reproductive health, to improve access to contraceptive methods, to educate about abstinence and the importance of postponing early initiation of sexual activity, and to facilitate the access to sexual and reproductive health care to adolescents, university students and poor communities.

Copprende works to accomplish this through two public health programs: education targeted to high school and university students, and a community education program. The student outreach program focuses on raising awareness on sexuality and sexual health, informing youth about alternative forms of prevention of pregnancies, STI’s, and HIV/AIDS, while the community program promotes knowledge on use and access to modern contraceptive methods. Copprende’s focus is on prevention through education, via lectures, workshops, conferences and health fairs.

Job Description

Interns will be based out of the COPPRENDE offices in downtown Quito. Participants will spend most of the time participating in activities that take place in public and private high schools and universities of southern, central and northern Quito, a variety of health fairs, primary healthcare centers and local pharmacies. Times may vary depending on the schedule of activities performed with each institution. Interns will spend half of the day with Copprende and the other half in Spanish classes. Activities will depend on venue, for example, at local high schools and universities, participants will help give informational talks about sexual health, prevention of pregnancies and STI’s. COPPRENDE also works with local pharmacies to educate pharmacy staff on the different types of contraception available.

It is important to note that rotation sites are not clinical in nature. Interns will be involved in public health outreach education campaigns at the grassroots level. This level of involvement in the community allows interns to learn directly from local experts about project management and develop skills to assist in teaching community members and professionals on sexual and reproductive health issues. Participants will generate content and materials for activities and presentations, assist in field work, and gain a first-hand understanding of sexual health issues in Ecuador and the challenges of providing sexual education in a socially conservative, predominantly Catholic country.

General responsibilities of interns may include:

  • Support activities of Information Education and Communication (IEC).
  • Give specific parts of the informational talks.
  • Provide informational material to the assistants.
  • Carry out group dynamics.
  • Assist in content development and updates of virtual channels (social networks).
  • Search for recent information from reliable sources on the topics of institutional interest.
  • Assist in the inventory of informational materials.
  • Develop presentation slides, posters, and flyers.
  • Proposition of new techniques for methodologies used for educational work.

Types of venues (sample list of Trade shows / conferences / events):

  • Municipality of Quito Fair.
  • Ecuadorian Red Cross Information Fair
  • Teenage Pregnancy Prevention festival (Explanada del centro Cívico).
  • Health Fair Day for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy ( Parque de Cotocollao)
  • Health Fair Day for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancies (Plaza Grande)
  • Public Universities Fair
  • Sexuality Week (Brazil High School)
  • Sexuality Week (Benalcázar High School)
  • National Institute of Hygiene
  • Hospital of Infectious Diseases
  • Hospital Maternidad Isidro Ayora (SAIA)
  • Health Center Guamaní, La Magdalena, Calderón, Centro Histórico

# of Positions per term

2 - 6 each term

Start Dates

Winter 2014: Jan 4 - March 15; Spring 2014: March 29 - June 7; Summer 2014: July 5 - Sept 13; Fall 2014: Sept 27 - Dec 6

Duration of Internship

10 weeks

Academic Background

Undergraduate students considering public health and/or medicine (pre-med, pre-nursing, and physicians assistants). Graduate and masters students also eligible. Knowledge or interest in non-profit management and community outreach and development also accepted.


Public speaking or presentation/teaching experience. Prior travel/study recommended or experience interacting across cultures.

Language Ability

CFHI requests that applicants are either conversant or fluent in Spanish and defines each as follows:

Minimal Spanish- You can express basic ideas in present and past tense. You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to basic everyday situations (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography). You can also communicate about simple and routine tasks.

Conversant Spanish- You can interact with a degree of comfort with locals. You can easily describe experiences and events in the present/past tense and have some knowledge of other tenses.

Fluent Spanish- You can understand with ease virtually everything heard. In addition, you can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. You can easily use a variety of grammar tenses.

Other Requirements

Interest in sexual health and reproduction, community health and development preferred.

Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator and currency converter.

IE3 Program Fee

The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

Expense Type Price
Host Site Fees

$5140 (includes room, 2 meals/day)

International Travel $1100 - $1300
Visa Fees Minimal with stay less than 90 days
Recommended Immunizations Varies (see additional expense information)

*See Additional Cost Information below.

Estimated Monthly Expenses

Expense Type Price/month
Housing Included in host site fees
Food $100
Local Transportation $50
Recreation $50
Personal Expenses $75



Additional Expense Information

Visit this website for the list of recommended vaccinations. These out of pocket expenses are not included in the program fee.

The host site fee from CFHI includes:

  • Room and board for 10 weeks (homestay and breakfast/dinner with host family)
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country orientation
  • Weekly meetings with Medical Director and Local Coordinator
  • Clinical rotations
  • Use of a mobile phone
  • Local transportation to and from the clinics from a central location (public transportation costs to the central location from the homestay are the responsibility of the intern)

Quito is the capital of Ecuador with a population of about a million people. It stretches lengthwise between two mountain ranges. It is nestled among incredible volcanoes and impressive peaks at an elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level. The climate is spring like with warm days and cool nights. Like most cities, this is a live urban center with dancing, dining, historical sites, shopping and museums.

See additional information at CFHI website.