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Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Population  Population: 188,694

Land Area  Land Area: 2,672 km²

Languages  Languages: Spanish

Currency   Currency: American Dollar

About esmeraldas

Map LocationThe most ethnically-diverse city in the nation, Esmeraldas sits on the northwest coast of Ecuador. 70% of the area’s population is Afro-Ecuadorian and the majority are descendants of slaves who were brought to Latin America during the time of Spanish colonization in the early 16th century. Esmeraldas went on to become an important maroon community —  a society of free Africans and/or escaped slaves. The African cultural heritage is manifested in Esmeraldas in the music, dance, and traditions of the region, and travelers generally pass through the city to get to close by beaches and tropical forests.

Why we work in esmeraldas

Why You Should ComeEven with all of its’ unique attributes, the area and this population often receives less than their fair share of government resources. They specifically report drug abuse, pregnancy at a young age, and lack of access to medical care as major issues in their society. 

How You Can Help

Due to the terrorist activity and threats in the area, we are currently not running Service Learning Trips to Esmeraldas, Ecuador. But that only means there is a greater need for your support through donations to continue our patient follow-up work and community development initiatives.

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Tiffany Fung
McGill University

I enjoyed meeting new people at project and clinics. I would because it opens your views to poverty and makes you realize there needs to be done to help.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make Yes! It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make Yes! It was such an amazing experience.