Princeton/Conestoga Eye Pediatric Opthamology Mission

Ecuador 2018

8 Day Program

 March 17-24th


Esta es la información sobre nuestros vuelos:
Saturday – March 17
Newark Airport  – Jet Blue Flight 505 to Ft. Lauderdale
Departure at 2:00 PM

Ft. Lauderdale Transfer – Jet Blue Flight 2851 to Quito, Ecuador
Departure 7:33 PM

Saturday – March 24
Quito International Airport – Jet Blue Flight  2850 to Ft. Lauderdale
Departure 11:59 PM

Ft. Lauderdale Transfer – Jet Blue Flight 306
Arrival 3:07 PM


 

FIBUSPAM Offices and Clinic:

FIBUSPAM, Ecuador

Cooperative Maestros de Chimborazo
Calle Jose Peralta
Manzana K Lote 13
Riobamba, Ecuador
Office Phone: (011) 593 3231803

 

 

Day 1 – Saturday, March 17th: Today the group will arrive to Quito, and a representative will be waiting for them at the airport for pick up from their JetBlue flight.  The group will be transferred to Hotel – Arriving flight information: JetBlue Miro Lindo.

-Accommodation: Miro Lindo, Calle Manuel Carrera Oe3-266 y Linea Ferrea, San José de Oyambarillo, Quito 170185, Ecuador

Phone+593 2-215-0363

 

Day 2 -Sunday, March 18th– Plan to eat breakfast at 7:30. The travelers should have all of their things packed at this time, as they will not be returning to this hotel.  Travelers should plan to dress in the warmest cloths that they packed. Because of the altitude, travelers should wear sunscreen on their face and hands.  Travelers will be at a higher altitude and plan to keep well hydrated to prevent any discomfort. The guide will take the group to the National Park Cotopaxi, this bus ride takes more or less 2 hours, Here the group will visit the Tambopaxi Farm Lodge, and enjoy a two-hour horseback riding inside of the Cotopaxi National park. *Note that this lodge sells traditional coca tea which the travelers may try. The tea cost about $3 a cup and is not included in the trip costs. If they would like to try the tea, they should bring cash with them. After this, lunch will be served at Tambopaxi, right after, the group will keep moving forward towards Riobamba. Later today we will drive to Riobamba, here FISBUPAM will welcome you at their clinic and the group will have a quick clinic tour lead by Sarah Marjane.

-Lunch in Tambopaxi, Diner at El Delerio restaurant in Riobamba

-Accommodation: Hotel Zeus – Address: Av Daniel León Borja, Riobamba, Ecuador

Phone: +593 3-296-8036

Day 3- Monday, March 19th

Daily Goal: 350 Vision Screenings

Breakfast will be served at 6:00 and the group will leave at 6:45am for the vision screening caravan to a rural community. Travelers should dress in layers as weather may change from cool to warm by the afternoon. Because of the altitude, travelers should wear sunscreen on their face and hands.  Bring your refillable water bottle. The ride to the rural community will be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Once the group arrives they should help set up the clinic as directed by the Conestoga Eye team by setting up tables, unpacking supplies, and cleaning the work area. The travelers will be split into 4 groups to assist with auto refractions, visual acuity, and dilation.   Lunch will be served via take out in the community. Plan to eat lunch on the bus and rotate lunch shifts. Travelers will work throughout the day and arrive back to Riobamba in the early evening. On the ride home, Sarah Marjane will lead a conversation about the work they completed that day. The conversation will lead to the fact that there are no grocery stores in the communities and most families are subsistence farmers. In Riobamba, the travelers will each be given $5 to purchase items that families in rural communities might need (cans of tuna, oil, sugar, pasta, ect). The group will save these items for distribution the next day.  Dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Riobamba.

-Lunch take out in the community, Diner local restaurant in Riobamba

-Accommodation: Hotel Zeus – Address: Av Daniel León Borja, Riobamba, Ecuador

 

Day 4-, Tuesday,  March 20th

Daily Goal: 200 Vision Screenings, 5 Pediatric Surgeries

Today Dr. Silbert will be preforming strabismus and ocuoplastic surgery. As such two students will have the opportunity to stay at the clinic and assist/observe the surgical day. Students who stay at the clinic will also have the opportunity to assist and observe FIBUSPAM’s general medical, dentistry, and traditional healing practices. This group will leave the hotel at 7:00am.  Lunch for this team will be served at the clinic.  The rest of the group will leave at 6:45am for the vision screening caravan to a rural community. Because of the altitude, travelers should wear sunscreen on their face and hands.  Travelers should dress in layers as weather may change from cool to warm by the afternoon. The ride to the rural community will be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Once the group arrives they should help set up the clinic as directed by the Conestoga Eye team by setting up tables, unpacking supplies, and cleaning the work area. The travelers will be split into 4 groups to assist with auto refractions, visual acuity, and dilation.   Lunch will be served via take out in the community. Plan to eat lunch on the bus and rotate lunch shifts. Directed by David, Guacho, travelers can pass out the food items that they bought the previous night. Travelers will work throughout the day and arrive back to Riobamba in the early evening. The two groups will meet and have diner in Riobamba. *Note* Sarah will be flying back to the US today.

-Lunch take out in the community, Diner local restaurant in Riobamba

-Accommodation: Hotel Zeus – Address: Av Daniel León Borja, Riobamba, Ecuador

 

Day 5-Wednesday, March 21st

Daily Goal: 350 Vision Screenings

The group will have breakfast at 6:30am. Travelers should come to breakfast with their suitcases packed and ready to go. They will not be returning to this hotel.

Travelers will divide into two groups. Leaving the hotel at 7:00 am, a few students will stay at the clinic with Dr. Silbert to do post-operative checks and observe activities at the clinic. This group will leave the clinic after lunch to meet up with the rest of the group. The rest of the group will leave at 6:45am for the vision screening caravan to a rural community. Because of the altitude, travelers should wear sunscreen on their face and hands.   Travelers should dress in layers as weather may change from cool to warm by the afternoon. The ride to the rural community will be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Once the group arrives they should help set up the clinic as directed by the Conestoga Eye team by setting up tables, unpacking supplies, and cleaning the work area. The travelers will be split into 4 groups to assist with auto refractions, visual acuity, and dilation.   Lunch will be served via take out in the community. Plan to eat lunch on the bus and rotate lunch shifts.

The group will work through the day and then begin to travel towards Quito. Diner will be served once the group arrives to Quito.

– Lunch in the community, Diner at local restaurant near hotel.

-Accommodation: Address: Sierra Madre Quito 170143, Ecuador

Phone: +593 2-250-5687

 

Day 6 – Thursday  March 22nd

Daily Goal: 200 Vision Screenings

Breakfast will be served at 6:00 am and the group should come to breakfast will bags packed.  The group will travel the rest of the way to Octovalo at 6:45am for the vision screening caravan to a rural community. Travelers should dress in layers as weather may change from cool to warm by the afternoon. The ride to the rural community will be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Once the group arrives they should help set up the clinic as directed by the Conestoga Eye team by setting up tables, unpacking supplies, and cleaning the work area. The travelers will be split into 4 groups to assist with auto refractions, visual acuity, and dilation.   Lunch will be served via take out in the community. Plan to eat lunch on the bus and rotate lunch shifts.

The group will work through the day and then have dinner in Octovalo.

-Lunch in the community, dinner at Octovalo

-Accomadations:  Riviera Sucre Casa del Sol – Roca st. and García Moreno, Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Phone+593 6-292-0241

 

Day 7, -Friday March 23rd

Daily Goal: 250 Vision Screenings

Plan to eat breakfast at 6:00. the vision screening caravan to a rural community. Travelers should dress in layers as weather may change from cool to warm by the afternoon. The ride to the rural community will be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Once the group arrives they should help set up the clinic as directed by the Conestoga Eye team by setting up tables, unpacking supplies, and cleaning the work area. The travelers will be split into 4 groups to assist with auto refractions, visual acuity, and dilation.   Lunch will be served via take out in the community. Plan to eat lunch on the bus and rotate lunch shifts.

The group will work through the day and then have dinner in Octovalo.

-Lunch in the community, dinner at Octovalo

-Accomadations:  Riviera Sucre Casa del Sol – Roca st. and García Moreno, Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Phone+593 6-292-0241

 

 

Day 8 -Saturday March 24th-Today the guide will take the group to visit the Octovalo Market, the largest artesian market in Ecuador. The group will learn about the traditions of the artisans in the area and have the opportunity to gift shop. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant and the group will visit Peguche Waterfall in the afternoon. The group will transfer to Quito for dinner in the early evening and then be transferred to the airport.

-Lunch in Octovalo, Dinner in Quito

-Flight information: Flights leaves at 11:00pm

 

 

General Packing List

We recommend that you pack as light as possible and that you NOT bring personal valuables on your trip.  Here is a brief list of some required items, as well as items you may want to bring.

  • Passport
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Bank card, credit card, and cash
  • Backpack or daypack
  • A reusable water bottle (this is a must!)
  • A heavy sweater or light jacket as nights can drop into the 50’s in Riobamba
  • A bathing suit just in case an opportunity for swimming arises.
  • Comfortable clothes for walking and performing volunteer work
  • Pajamas
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Light raincoat or umbrella
  • A set of warm clothes for horseback riding in Cotopaxi.
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Sandals for the shower
  • Any medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Watch
  • Personal hygiene items, soap shampoo, tooth brush, toothpaste, lotion, Chapstick (note Chapstick not available in Ecuador).
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic bags for separating dirty and clean clothes and shoes
  • Notebooks and pens/pencils
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • In areas outside of the hotel and the FIBUSPAM clinic, toilet paper may not be available. It is advisable to bring some with you to store in your backpack.
  • Some travelers like to bring small toys, stickers, bubbles, coloring books or other items to give to children or teens who are being treated at the FIBUSPAM clinic.
  • Some volunteers bring clothes and shoes that they no longer need and donate them to FIBUSPAM patients.
  • Donations of unopened bottles of multi-vitamins, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and feminine hygiene products are in high demand and are always welcomed at the FIBUSPAM clinic.
  • FIBUSPAM also accepts donations of used cellphones and used laptop computers that are gifted to FIBUSPAM patients for use in school.

 

Notes for Travelers

Documents and Visas

Email yourself copies of your important documents such as your passport and credit card numbers. You will be able to easily access this information in case they are lost or stolen.

Citizens of most countries, including the U.S., Europe, and China are not required to obtain a visa prior to arriving in Ecuador.

Electricity

Ecuador’s electrical current is 110 volts 60 cycles – the same as North America – so adapters for North American equipment are not needed.

Internet and Communication

Internet and Phone – Ecuador has reliable internet connections throughout the country. Your American smart phone may not pick up these networks or may be able to “roam”; however, you may be able to purchase a local SIM card to use the internet on your phone and make local and international calls.

High-speed internet is available for use at the FIBUSPAM clinic and at hotels. Skype, Facetime, WatsApp, and other video chatting services will work on these networks.

 

Money

Ecuador uses the US dollar, so no currency conversion is needed. Many venders in Ecuador  accept only cash in small denominations ($1, $5, $10 and sometimes $20 bills). Most venders do not accept $50 and $100 bills. Credit cards are usually only accepted by hotels and some restaurants. ATMs are available, although we recommend that you bring the cash you need for gift shopping and personal expenses.

Safety

As when visiting any foreign country, international travelers should be mindful of their surroundings at all time.  Overall, Ecuadorians are friendly and warm towards foreigners but travelers should be cautious of strangers and never walk alone at night. We recommend always walking with a group, and to use only taxis recommended by your hotel or arranged by FIBUSPAM staff. Although petty crime and pickpocketing are uncommon, we recommend that you do NOT bring personally valuable items.

 

Health Concerns

No vaccines are required to enter Ecuador. However, we recommend you consult with your personal physician regarding any health concerns you may have.

Riobamba and the FIBUSPAM clinic are at an altitude of about 9,035 feet above sea level. Altitude sickness begins to affect some individuals at 8,000 feet above sea level. Some travelers experience mild discomfort upon arrival to Riobamba and others are unaffected. If you think you may be prone to altitude sickness, consult your doctor or bring altitude sickness medication with you. Altitude sickness usually passes in a day or so.

Please advise FIBUSPAM staff if you have any food allergies or require a special diet so we can accommodate your needs.