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Program Description:

Shoulder to Shoulder Global: University of Kentucky Medical Brigade 

Santo Domingo, Ecuador

Program Overview

Program Dates: May 10-19th
The University of Kentucky and Shoulder to Shoulder Global are sponsoring a health brigade to Ecuador where students will work first hand alongside faculty, medical professionals, and local Ecuadorian staff in the Centro Médico Hombro a Hombro clinic for one week. The group will arrive in Quito and then travel to Santo Domingo where the clinic is located. The group will return to Quito in order to fly home.

The March, May and August programs are clinical brigades, and the June program is a health literacy brigade.

No Spanish speaking is required and interpreters/guides will travel with the two groups at all times. Although not required, it is recommended that each participant bring donations including any of the following:

  • School supplies
  • Gently used clothing
  • Hygiene supplies
Participants are responsible for receiving the necessary vaccinations prior to departure. For more information visit the Education Abroad Health and Safety website. 

Participants will be provided professional liability insurance as necessary as part of the brigade fee. Visit the Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information about International Medical Professional Liability coverage.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Advising Center, 315 Bradley Hall

For questions regarding brigade activities or the Interprofessional Teamwork course, please contact Mr. Craig Borie, Shoulder to Shoulder Program Coordinator,, 859-218-2084.

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.

If accepted to participate in the Shoulder to Shoulder Global brigades, all students will enroll in the interdisciplinary education course “Interprofessional Teamwork in Global Health” during the spring semester. Course information will be forwarded once accepted into the brigade experience.

Housing & Meals

The group will stay at Casa Santa Rosa in Santo Domingo. Room assignments will be decided upon arrival. Each morning the group will split into 2 teams and drive to the various volunteer sites throughout the area. 

Lunch and dinner will be eaten at the hostel each day. It is recommended that participants bring snacks with them to eat during the day as there will not be time to leave the brigade sites.

Program Costs

The program fee for the 2019 medical brigades is $1,250 plus airfare. A $300 non-refundable application fee is due upon acceptance into the program, and this $300 is already included in the overall $1,250 cost.

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully.

NOTE: After clicking "Apply Now" for this program, please disregard the pop-up box warning that you will be charged a $50 EA application fee. Click "OK" to continue to the application. The cost of this fee is included in the STSG program fee-- you will not be billed separately for it by Education Abroad.

The Embedded New Horizons Scholarship - he Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amount of $500 for UK Sponsored Embedded Programs. Students on March, May, June and August Brigades should all apply for the Spring-Embedded term and the deadline is December 1st of the previous year.  

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Required Applications:
1 | UK Education Abroad/STSG
For the STSG application, click the "Partner Website" link at the top of this page.

This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.