Summer Internships in Bolivia

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Primary Care and Rural Medicine Internships in Bolivia

Tarija, Bolivia

Arrive Date:  TBD    End Date:  TBD

Program Overview

The Global Health Internship program provides students the opportunity to gain firsthand clinical rotation experience while being immersed in a local community.

This program focuses on doing more with less and addressing healthcare inequities, with rotations at community clinics and secondary/tertiary level hospitals. Following orientation in La Paz the first week, students will fly to Tarija for the remainder of the program (included in program cost), a tranquil city in southern Bolivia of about 200,000 people. This picturesque region is known as the “Bolivian Andalucia” for its vineyards and Spanish cultural influence. Students will take part in patient consultations, laboratory analysis, and prevention efforts in surrounding communities, while learning from local experts about the latest developments in Chagas research. See On Site for more information about Clinical Rotations. Beginner Spanish proficiency required. Program provided by Child Family Health International (CFHI), a NGO recognized by the United Nations.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule

  • 15 hours of Spanish classes
  • Walking tour of La Paz
  • Welcome dinner and cultural show in La Paz and Tarija
  • City tour of Tarija and site visit of main clinical sites Lecture about Bolivian culture and history, including overview of Tarija’s unique cultural identity
  • Full day tour of wine region, including lunch at regional winery

Max Enrollment:  15

Taught in:  English (course taught remotely)

Program Coordinator:  Brianne Holden


Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (4 units, P/NP)

University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Writing for Internships: Global Health (2 units, P/NP)

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