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Argentina

Primary Care & Social Medicine in Cordoba, Argentina

Spend time at different hospitals and clinics in Cordoba, Argentina's second largest city, in a volunteering program from Child Family Health International. Located at the...

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Mexico

Realities of Health Access and Inequities in Oaxaca, Mexico

Explore a different culture and way of life while learning about Mexico's healthcare system through clinical rotation in this program from Child Family Health International....

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Bolivia

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in La Paz, Bolivia

Students have the chance to explore and become immersed in the local language and vibrant culture of Bolivia, with this health development opportunity. Volunteers will spend...

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Uganda

Exploring HIV & Maternal/Child Health in Kabale, Uganda

Complete a medical rotation in Kabale, Uganda, and become part of the community and learn about their ground-breaking integrated approach to addressing and improving maternal...

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Ecuador

Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare in Quito, Ecuador

Participants on this program will increase linguistic and cultural competency and gain specific skills in the Spanish language. With a focus on gaining a grasp of health

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Mexico

Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare in Oaxaca, Mexico

Take part in the Intensive Beginner Spanish & Healthcare program offered by Child Family Health International in Oaxaca, Mexico. The program is ideal for individuals who

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India

Rural/Urban Himalayan Rotation, India

The Child Family Health International Rural and Urban Himalayan Rotation provides students a unique opportunity to study various diseases in clinical environments that represent...

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India

Maternal and Child Health in Pune, India

In India, an estimated 136,000 mothers and 2.5 million children die every year, most often due to causes that are preventable or easily treatable. In order to keep its commitment...

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Ecuador

Amazon Community and Indigenous Health, Ecuador

Learn about challenges in healthcare services for rural communities of the world, such as the town of Puyo on the border of the Amazon. Students will learn about the issues...

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Ecuador

Reproductive Health in Quito, Ecuador

The Child Family Health International Reproductive Health program in Ecuador gives students the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations that are focused on reproductive...

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India

Intensive: 2- week Public Health & Community Medicine

Take part in the Global Health Intensive Program offered by CFHI. You will be based in Delhi, the worlds second most populous city. The program offers public health

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Mexico

Intensive: Two-Week Tropical Medicine and Community Health

Previously called the Tropical Medicine and Rural Health program, the program is run by Child Family Health International (CFHI). Participants get the chance to learn about...

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Argentina

Intensive: Two-Week Hospital Medicine in Latin America

Located at the tip of South America, Argentina is the second largest country in Latin America. It is famous for its European-inspired cities, tourist sites, and gastronomy....

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Uganda

Nutrition, Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture

Become a part of the community in Kabale, a town in southwestern Uganda, and learn about their ground breaking integrated approach to addressing “The Bread Basket Paradox”...

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Child Family Health International Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Combining my passion in healthcare and travel

I participated in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine program in La Paz, Bolivia for four weeks and loved it! I liked that I was able to see healthcare in La Paz in different settings: I had two weeks of rotations at two different local community clinics and two weeks at the city's largest children's hospital (one week in surgery and one week in the pulmonary unit). The physicians I worked with were patient, kind, and very willing to work with me. I saw patients with cases that I would never see in the United States such as echinococcus granulosus.

Not only was the clinical experience great, but the cultural experience was even better. My group and I were able to visit a new tourist site every weekend and our language facility made it so easy to plan the weekends. I also loved my homestay mother. The homestay experience was key in helping me practice and improve my conversational Spanish.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to combine their interests in healthcare and experiencing new cultures!

Program: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in La Paz, Bolivia

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Better experience than I could've imagined

I attended CFHI's two week intensive Tropical Medicine and Community Health program in Puerto Escondido.

CFHI programs appealed to me because they are not for profit and based in partnership and exchange. Their motto, “Let the world change you,” is real and something that all of us in dominant cultures should do more. Being in Puerto with CFHI was a transformative experience. It was helped me to expand my view of community and global health, and see the ways in which our actions in the United States and modern medicine affect the rest of the world.

I was welcomed into the clinical settings and appreciated the ethical approach of CFHI surrounding international experiences in healthcare. Volunteering to "fix" problems in other countries from an ethnocentric position doesn't usually create sustainable change - and often is damaging to communities. I really appreciated how the medical director in Puerto was a public health doctor in the community. Our (excellent) language classes and homestay were through another local business - and very professional. My whole experience in Puerto felt like real service learning, and was built upon long-term sustainable relationships.

My time in Oaxaca was illuminating in that I could see how all different kinds of medicine can coexist. And I also found people that I could relate to, especially in terms of the paradigm shift we want to create. It’s not always easy to merge the old with the new. We need evidence-based practices in healthcare, but we also need the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors – and we are losing this with each passing generation. We need to reconnect the mind and spirit to the body when we’re working with patients and we desperately need all forms of healing on all levels – from individual to community to global.

Program: Intensive: Two-Week Tropical Medicine and Community Health

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Better experience than I could've imagined!

CFHI programs appealed to me because they are not for profit and based in partnership and exchange. Their motto, “Let the world change you,” is real and something that all of us in dominant cultures should do more. Being in Puerto with CFHI was a transformative experience. It was helped me to expand my view of community and global health, and see the ways in which our actions in the United States and modern medicine affect the rest of the world.

I was welcomed into the clinical settings and appreciated the ethical approach of CFHI surrounding international experiences in healthcare. Volunteering to "fix" problems in other countries from an ethnocentric position doesn't usually create sustainable change - and often is damaging to communities. I really appreciated how the medical director in Puerto was a public health doctor in the community. Our (excellent) language classes and homestay were through another local business - very professional. My whole experience in Puerto felt like real service learning, and was built upon long-term sustainable relationships between all parties.

My time in Oaxaca was illuminating in that I could see how all different kinds of medicine can coexist. And I also found people that I could relate to, especially in terms of the paradigm shift we want to create. It’s not always easy to merge the old with the new. We need evidence-based practices in healthcare, but we also need the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors – and we are losing this with each passing generation. We need to reconnect the mind and spirit to the body when we’re working with patients and we desperately need all forms of healing on all levels – from individual to community to global.

Program: Intensive: 2- week Public Health & Community Medicine

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

January 2016

I went to Oaxaca, Mexico with CFHI for a month. This was my first time practicing medicine abroad and I appreciate how careful they were about making sure that I only did what I was qualified to do unlike other programs which sometimes let premeds do things way above their level. They were always available which made me feel safe at any point I was in Mexico. My home stay, clinics and hospitals I visited, and Spanish school were all set up and ready to go upon my arrival. I rotated through peds, surgery, internal med, L&D, ED... My medical director was extremely receptive of what I wanted out of my experience.

I got way more out of this experience than I could have possibly imagined. I previously shied away from short missions trips because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fully immerse myself in the culture and really get something out of it while giving back. This trip with CFHI was perfect because my role often fell at the same level as it would be in the US which made it easier to feel immersed into the environment. The only down side is that it was quite expensive, but CFHI did help cover half my funds with a scholarship which was easy to apply for.

A month was also the perfect amount of time to get to know plenty of people, learn medical knowledge in Spanish, and get to know the area well enough that I would feel comfortable visiting another time (which I can't wait to do). I absolutely recommend it to any other med (or nursing) students!

Program: Realities of Health Access and Inequities in Oaxaca, Mexico

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An Amazing Experience

I just returned from an amazing month-long global health experience in Quito with Child Family Health International. I witnessed some great medicine, took Spanish classes, immersed myself in the culture through a homestay, adventured across Ecuador, and made many lifelong friends. I learned so much about both medicine and myself through this experience. While any country will have differences in policy and operations I was surprised at just how similar clinic in Quito was when compared to my experiences in the US. In a way, it was beautiful illustration of how universal the human condition is. No matter where you are from, what work you do, or how you identify, all humans face the same medical problems across the world. This is a simple and obvious truth that is surprisingly difficult to grasp until you experience it firsthand. From stomachaches and cough to cancer and dementia, humanity can’t escape illness and (hopefully) doctors will always be there to aid and heal those in need. I highly recommend CFHI to any medical student!

Program: Reproductive Health in Quito, Ecuador

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