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International Elective Rotations for Healthcare

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Ecuador Medical Spanish Immersion Rotation
Newest Program
Adventure Traveler is medical Spanish immersion in Ecuador
Based in Otavalo

1-2 weeks in length

2 weeks in June
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20 hrs/week language school
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Flexibility for self-directed projects
Great day trips to the Equator, mountain hikes, hot springs, etc.
CME & CE Accredited
Ideal for medical residents and APN students with short elective schedules
Interprofessional mix of fellow students and professionals
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders
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Costa Rica Medical Spanish Rotation
Easiest Flights
Pura Vida Traveler is Spanish immersion in just Costa Rica
Based in Santo Domingo

2-4 weeks in length; you choose!

Every Jan/Feb & July
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Optional clinical placements in Costa Rica*
Collaborative community health projects
Flexibility for self-directed projects
Ideal Rotation for: APN students, dental students, medical residents, medical students, PA students, pharmacy students
Great day trips around the Central Valley, amazing beaches & unique eco-tourism in Costa Rica
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders

*Clinical placements in Costa Rica require a minimum of 3 months to coordinate through the proper channels. You must be registered for the rotation (with your $500 non-refundable deposit) 3 months prior to your rotation start date.

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

These are the best elective rotations for medical students, DO students, PA students, PharmD students, RN and APN students, PT students and Public Health students because they are Spanish immersion rotations as well.

Many elective healthcare rotations in Latin America require students to already speak Spanish fluently or they have no language component at all. This elective rotation focuses on medical Spanish training while working on inter-professional teams abroad. These healthcare student electives are community health experiences and global health opportunities for students.

This Spanish immersion rotation is open to all Healthcare Students whose primary objectives are to: build comfort and confidence speaking Spanish, deepen their experience with Latin American culture, broaden their understanding of the affects of poverty on health and healthy living. Each objective of these elective rotations is specifically targeted toward the larger goal of providing better care to Spanish only patients for the duration of students’ careers in health.

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The purpose of these elective international rotations for healthcare students is to improve students’ Spanish communication skills. We build Spanish language proficiency through intensive medical Spanish & general Spanish classes, medical outreach work, host family lodging, and weekend survival Spanish. Students partner with various local NGOs to boost ongoing community health efforts and deliver relevant health education to target communities in Spanish.

Every student leaves this international rotation with increased comfort and confidence speaking Spanish. You also gain a deepened understanding of lifestyle and health norms in Central America and first-hand experience with the effects of poverty on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many students use this rotation as an additional resume builder for residency applications and community health jobs. A high percentage of our students on this rotation seek Community Health work that requires Bilingual Spanish/English skills. All students on this rotation leave with a new appreciation for and understanding of working with marginalized populations in their community back home.

Not only do these elective International Rotations in Costa Rica and Ecuador prepare you for fluid communication with your Spanish only patients, you finish the rotation with a new perspective on the following:

  • 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.
  • An appreciation for providing medical care to marginalized populations in resource poor settings.
  • 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.

Learn more about the specific international rotations that we offer to healthcare students:

International rotations for medical students, Physician Assistant (PA) students, APN Students, DO students

When: February & July Length: 4 week program in 4 week block
International rotation for pharmacy students, international elective APPE

When: June – July/August Length: 5 week program in 6 week block
International public health practicum in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

When: February & July Open to: 4 week program in 4 week block,

Elective International Rotation Informational Meeting – recorded version

We recorded this version of our elective rotation informational meeting so you can access it at any time. Get the inside scoop on this amazing international rotation. In this video you will learn:

  • The purpose and mission of our programs
  • How the 4 unique components work for you
  • Our goals for you
  • 5 ways we help you make a difference
  • How we help you meet your language goals
  • The day to day schedule on rotation
  • The town we’re based in
  • How to be certain if this rotation is right for you
  • Schedule and budget requirements
  • Rotation inclusions
  • A purposeful fundraising project for you
  • Answers to frequently asked questions

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Elective International Rotations & Spanish Immersion FAQs:

What if I don’t match for residency while I’m on international rotation with Common Ground?

Great question! Most students that are on international rotation with us during their match day take the morning off and make sure that everything goes smoothly. If there is any problem with your match, you have the day (and following if needed) to scramble and figure out your residency plans.

Can I modify the length and/or start dates of my elective rotation with Common Ground?

Of course! Most start dates and rotation lengths are very flexible. You’ll want to make sure that you’re still meeting minimum requirements for your home university, but we’ll do all we can to make the rotation accessible for you.