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UK Organization: Shoulder to Shoulder Global: Ecuador - March Brigade (credit-bearing)
Santo Domingo, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring-Embedded
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.
Program Cost and Budget Spring-Embedded
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study:
Communication Disorders, Dentistry, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Education, Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pre-Health, Public Health, Social Work, Spanish Language
Course Language:
English, Spanish
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Susan McVey
Program Director:
Craig Borie
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Shoulder to Shoulder Global:
University of Kentucky Medical Brigade
March 12-20, 2016

Program Overview

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.


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

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.



  • 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. For more informationVisit the Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information about International Medical Professional Liability coverage.

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. 
  • Meals will be eaten out each day at the brigade sites while lunch and dinner will be eaten at the hostel.  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.

Scholarships & Financial AidParrot

  • Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Embedded New Horizons Scholarship - The Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amount of $500 for UK Sponsored Embedded Programs. The deadline application material is April 15 for Fall programs and November 1st for Spring/Winter programs. Students on March, May, and August Brigades should all apply for Spring-Embedded term and the deadline is November 1st of the previous year. 
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • The program fee for the 2016 medical brigades is $1,025 plus airfare.
  • 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.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource 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

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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.