The Institutes




To meet patient needs, many hospitals around the world rely on donated medical equipment - but much of this potentially life-saving equipment arrives unusable, and within a few years, nearly all of it is out of service. Infant incubators, oxygen concentrators, and patient monitors lay abandoned in equipment "graveyards." That's where we come in.

Hospitals in developing countries face large challenges accessing skilled technicians who can install, maintain, or repair medical equipment. As a result, equipment essential to diagnosing diseases, sterilizing tools, and performing surgery quickly falls out of service. Without working equipment, physicians and nurses are unable to deliver quality health care, and patients suffer. To address this global health challenge, Engineering World Health created the Institute programs. Through hands-on technical training, intensive study of the local language, and cultural immersion, we provide participants with life-changing educational experiences while supporting hospitals in need around the world.


EWH’s Summer Institutes are two-month service abroad opportunities for university students and young professionals in STEM fields. During these programs, participants receive intensive technical training before being placed in hospitals in low-resource areas of Central America, Southeast Asia, and East and West Africa. Participants collaborate with local hospital staff to repair medical equipment and improve the facilities’ overall healthcare technology situation, improving their ability to care for patients.

Month 1: Language & Technical Training

Equipment Repair Training

  • Work with medical equipment in lab and low-resource hospital settings
  • Learn hands-on skills and creative troubleshooting techniques
  • Study the function and use of common medical devices

Language and Cultural Immersion

  • Explore your host country's language and culture
  • Receive industry-specific language training, including biomedical vocabulary
  • Experience a cultural outing with your peers

Work with Local Partners

  • Language & technical training centers
  • Universities
  • Hospitals, healthcare systems, and clinics
  • Local tourism agencies

Month 2: Hands-On Service

Support Partner Hospitals in teams of 2-4

  • Repair and install critical medical equipment
  • Contribute to sustainable development by training staff on
    equipment use and maintenance
  • Collaborate with international medical professionals
  • Improve healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations
  • Strengthen your interpersonal and cross-cultural skills

Join a Community

  • Connect with a global network of like-minded students and medical professionals
  • Build relationships with your homestay family and local community
  • Learn and grow with hospital staff and local technicians
  • Bring your EWH experience home through a University Chapter

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Summer Institutes

Open to all applicants, the Summer Institute programs are our longest-running programs. Participants spend two months in-country, learning the local language and key technical skills while fully immersing in a new culture.

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Campus to Country Institutes

In partnership with various universities, C2C programs run from three to six weeks and offer students enrolled at partner institutions a unique opportunity to participate in an EWH Institute program.

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Virtual Programs

EWH offers various virtual exchange opportunities for high school and university students. Each virtual program focuses on engineering design needs in low-resource medical settings.

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