Ecuador is a small country with a great deal of diversity, both in its population and in its geography. This makes for a very interesting medical missionary trip. A large majority of its people live in poverty, leaving much work to be done. So BandS has participated in several different excursions to Ecuador by contributing volunteers and supplies.

 

Ecuador Volunteer

There is a large population of indigenous indians in Ecuador, as well as Mestizos, Afro-Ecuadorians, and whites of European descent. And the geography varies greatly also, from coastal regions on the Pacific Ocean, to mountainous regions with altitudes of 14,000 feet, to tropical rain-forest in the Amazon basin. A typical trip takes about eight days, and covers multiple clinics in different locations, so volunteers may see all three regions.

 

Many of the clinics are in remote, rural areas, which can result in somewhat primitive overnight accommodations. And these clinics can be very crowded, sometimes attracting thousands of people. So long work days are the norm. But there are always days off to visit local markets or take in the natural scenery. This makes Ecuador a good trip for experienced missionaries who enjoy the challenge, as well as the unique cultural environment.

At a Glance

Capital: Quito

 

Official language: Spanish

 

Land Area: 109,483 sq mi

 

Population: 15,007,343

 

Per Capita GDP (Nominal): $4,921

 

Currency: U.S. dollar (USD)