Central America

Dominican Republic Summer Institute:

May 19th to July 21st, 2019

Training: Santiago de los Caballeros

May 19-June 18

Hospital Placements

June 19-July 19

Final Conference: Santiago de los Caballeros

July 20-21


The Summer Institute in the Dominican Republic trains and places up to 18 participants to volunteer in hospitals and clinics. Participants assist with critical medical device repairs, translation of instruction manuals, preventative maintenance, hospital staff equipment training, and other services.

Participants begin with a month in Santiago de los Caballeros, taking tailored courses in both Spanish and biomedical equipment. Our partner, ALPI Language School, arranges homestays and provides Spanish courses. EWH provides instruction on common medical devices and methods for troubleshooting and making repairs in low-resource settings.

After the first month of training, participants remain in the Dominican Republic to work with an EWH partner hospital in groups of two or three. The partner hospitals are public Dominican hospitals. In addition to the main departmental (state) hospital, participants have the opportunity to work in other Ministry of Health clinics and health outposts around the department/state they are assigned to.

Participants are typically housed in a homestay during the second month to continue building Spanish and cultural knowledge. Some placements are urban cities, while some are smaller or more rural.

Some of the public departmental hospitals in the Dominican Republic have some form of technical assistance; however, gaps in training and language barriers often prevent effective equipment repair. Participants work closely with Dominican technicians and medical staff in overcoming these hurdles to make equipment repairs, execute trainings, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals. There is usually little to no English spoken in the public hospitals.

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