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Cacha Medical Spanish Institute (Cachamsi) is a nonprofit organization that offers medical Spanish lessons, international clinical rotations, and volunteer opportunities among a unique indigenous population.

For the last fifteen years we have had more than one thousand medical students, residents, premedical students, faculty, nurse practitioner, nursing students, and other health professionals. There are approximately 70 million Spanish speaking people living in the United States, and this number is growing rapidly. We have taught medical Spanish to all levels of Spanish speakers from beginner to native speakers.

Our program includes:

  • 10 weekly hours of live medical Spanish lessons with experienced, dedicated and available teachers.

  • Up to 30 clinical hours at outpatient clinics and hospitals in the Ecuadorean public health system, including rotations in rural highland township of Cacha

  • Fully immersive Family Stays with responsive and seasoned Riobamba families as well as the opportunity to live the indigenous community Cacha in the Touristic Center Pukara Tambo.

  • Participants have the opportunity to experience Ecuador each weekend and have been able to visit volcanoes Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, and the Altar. They have also been able to experience nature in the Amazon, rich culture in cities like Cuenca and Quito, and the beautiful beaches on the coast.

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WHAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM DIFFERENT?

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Check out these testimonials!

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Making a Difference

Jorge Duchicela, MD, FAAFP, named Physician of the Year

In receiving the award, Duchicela said, “I am convinced that when the physician lives in the patient’s community and is involved in the area’s activities, this allows unsurmountable benefits to the patient, the community and the physician. I am honored to receive this award!”
— Jorge Duchicela MD. | Cachamsi Founder
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