GHLT International Clinical Sites

International rotations are available to GHLT members as well as other interested housestaff. If you are interested in rotating at one of the sites listed below please email the GHLT contact listed.

Guatemala  |  Uganda  |  Costa Rica  |  Rwanda


The "Service Language Culture-Guatemala" rotation is intended to introduce residents to the unique history and culture of Guatemala, improve Spanish fluency, and provide a clinical experience that is beneficial both to the resident and the host site. Rotations have a mandatory language and cultural education component. Residents spend 1-2 weeks living with a local family and going to Spanish classes prior to starting their 3 week clinical rotation.








  • Location: Quetzaltenango (Xela) for language school. Clinical sites include Totonicapan Hospital and Hospitalito Atitlán.
  • Duration: 4 weeks minimum, 5 weeks preferred.
  • Language requirements: Spanish intermediate to advanced
  • Contact people at UVA: Julia den Hartog jrd2t, David Burt drb5p
  • Contact in Guatemala: Jessica Ohana Gonzalez
  • Total Cost $1500-1750 for airfare, program costs, Spanish school and accommodations*
  • Visa requirement: No, visit for updated information


Mbarara National Referral Hospital, also called "Mbarara Hospital," is a public hospital and one of three national referral hospitals in Uganda. Located in the small city of Mbarara in the south-west part of the country, it is a 600-bed hospital and the teaching hospital of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Residents from UVA work on the inpatient general medical wards and in clinic seeing patients with a wide range of medical conditions. They work closely with medical residents and students from Uganda. Living accommodations are provided on-site.







  • Location: Mbarara Hospital in Mbarara, Uganda
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Language requirements: None
  • Contact people at UVA: Rebecca Dillingham rd8v, Chris Moore ccm5u
  • Total Cost estimated $2000*
  • Visa requirement: Yes. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda. Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is also required. Visit for more information

Costa Rica

The Hospital Nacional de Niños is a large, tertiary care center located in the capital city of San José, Costa Rica. As the only pediatric hospital in the country, it serves as the national referral center for pediatric patients. The UVA Children's Hospital has had a relationship with the Hospital Nacional for over 30 years. The Hospital Nacional de José has over 300 beds and diverse inpatient and outpatient services spread over a wide-range of specialties. Residents will be matched with an outpatient or inpatient service, depending on availability and area of interest, for up to four weeks. Alternatively, residents may choose to arrange Spanish language training (approved by their supervisor) for up to two weeks followed by two weeks of clinical work.







  • Location: Hospital Nacional de Niños in San José, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Language requirement: Intermediate Spanish
  • Contact person at UVA: Richard Stevenson rds8z
  • Contact in Costa Rica: Luis Pinto
  • Total cost estimated: $1500-2000
  • Visa requirement: No; however you will need a current passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Costa Rica and an airline ticket to exit Costa Rica. There is a $26 USD departure tax for all visitors. For updated information please visit

Rwanda (Surgery Residents only)

  • Location: University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), Kigali, Rwanda
  • Duration: 4-8 weeks
  • Language Requirement: None (Kinyarwanda is the native language, of Bantu origin. French was the predominant language taught in schools until recently when this switched to English. Knowledge of French can be helpful, but is not required.)
  • Contact person at UVA: J. Forrest Calland jfc3t
  • Contact in Rwanda: Georges Ntakiyiruta, UVA surgical faculty on-site through HRH program (varies)
  • Total cost estimated: $2500-$3000 for airfare and basic accomodations
  • Visa requirement: No, however you will need a current passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry and a yellow fever vaccination card. For updated information please visit







*Costs for Global Health Leadership Track members from Internal Medicine may be underwritten by the Hook Fund.