Health & Safety
Upon arrival in Quito, you will attend a detailed orientation that includes a session on staying safe and healthy while living in Ecuador. During orientation, BCA invites an officer from the U.S. Embassy to discuss saftey issues. Students also learn about common health concerns from a Quito-based Peace Corps nurse.
Quito has a number of high-quality medical facilities, and our staff will provide you with a list of clinic names and phone numbers during orientation.
Our on-site resident director and staff are available to you whenever you need medical or any other type of assistance.
Travel and Medical Assistance
Student safety is a priority for BCA. To help ensure that you remain healthy while abroad, BCA requires all students to have major medical insurance coverage. We are happy to provide names of companies that offer reasonably priced coverage for study abroad students.
While you are abroad, it is important to follow the same common-sense safety precautions that you follow at home: never walk alone at night, keep doors locked, do not allow strangers into your housing, and never leave bags or backpacks unattended. We strongly urge all students to read the U.S. Department of State's information regarding travel to Ecuador.