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Support Local Healthcare

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1 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Brilliant 4.7  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • Make a difference in the lives of these children or elderly.
  • Provide care to patients in assisted living and schools for children with disabilities.
  • Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
  • Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
  • Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

As a volunteer you'll support us at an assisted living facility for elderly adults or at a school for disabled children.

Healthcare volunteers are typically placed at an assisted living facility for the elderly or at a special school for children with disabilities. If you have a strong preference we always do our best to accommodate you, however please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, ...

About the program

Healthcare volunteers are typically placed at an assisted living facility for the elderly or at a special school for children with disabilities. If you have a strong preference we always do our best to accommodate you, however please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. We do have specific placements available for those with Physical Therapy training. 

As healthcare volunteers, participants directly assist project staff with day-to-day care work with a central focus of providing general care and companionship to patients.

At adult assisted living facilities, they may be asked to:

  • Plan arts and crafts, make conversation, engage in talk therapy
  • Accompany patients on walks
  • Sort and/or distribute medicine
  • Change beds
  • Feed and bathe patients
  • Ensure patients’ overall well-being
  • Help with administrative work and filing

Please be especially aware that conditions can be emotionally trying. Volunteers should prepare themself mentally and emotionally to work one-on-one with terminally ill patients. 

At facilities for children with disabilities, volunteers may be asked to:

  • Act as a classroom assistant and help run activities
  • Provide additional attention and care to the children
  • Work with one classroom or area of the school throughout your program
  • Help organize arts and crafts, play with the children, assist with physical therapy
  • Assist the children during meal times

Participants are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day, so independence and leadership is important.

Physical Therapy volunteers should be aware that the local practices they join have limited resources. Therapy methods may be very different from those considered standard in their home country. They work in an underfunded facility for patients with mobility problems, assisting with and/or shadowing a professional physical therapist. Placements can involve treating adults or children. Their experience, qualifications, and Spanish level determine how much hands-on treatment they deliver to patients.

Our projects are located in the Cusco area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project. Travel time varies widely from project to project, and volunteers should expect to spend 10-60 minutes traveling each way. Taxis are also widely available. On the first day at the project, participants travel on local transport with a Maximo Nivel representative who provides all the necessary information on how to get there and back.



Typical day

Working hours may vary slightly, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Volunteer shifts are in either the morning or the afternoon depending on the needs of your project. 

Typical day

Working hours may vary slightly, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Volunteer shifts are in either the morning or the afternoon depending on the needs of your project. 

Free-time activities

All year round, Cusco and its surrounding towns celebrate a mix of Inca and Catholic holidays, providing visitors with a variety of different cultural activities to experience. Cusco offers travelers a plethora of historical and archaeological sites both in and out of the city. Volunteers ...

Free-time activities

All year round, Cusco and its surrounding towns celebrate a mix of Inca and Catholic holidays, providing visitors with a variety of different cultural activities to experience. Cusco offers travelers a plethora of historical and archaeological sites both in and out of the city. Volunteers most commonly like to explore the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and of course Machu Picchu. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let them know of the activities going on around MaximoOur on-site travel partner is very knowledgeable and can assist in setting up trips. 


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Criminal Background Check

required

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Airport pick up in Cusco is included. Volunteers find our 

representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Peruvian family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay.

Food & Beverages

Volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 757€
2 weeks 1,101€
3 weeks 1,368€
4 weeks 1,625€
5 weeks 1,877€
6 weeks 2,129€
7 weeks 2,381€
8 weeks 2,634€
9 weeks 2,886€
10 weeks 3,138€
11 weeks 3,390€
12 weeks 3,642€
13 weeks 3,895€
14 weeks 4,147€
15 weeks 4,399€
16 weeks 4,651€
17 weeks 4,903€
18 weeks 5,156€
19 weeks 5,408€
20 weeks 5,660€
21 weeks 5,912€
22 weeks 6,164€
23 weeks 6,417€
24 weeks 6,669€
25 weeks 6,921€
26 weeks 7,173€
27 weeks 7,425€
28 weeks 7,678€
29 weeks 7,930€
30 weeks 8,182€
31 weeks 8,434€
32 weeks 8,686€
33 weeks 8,939€
34 weeks 9,191€
35 weeks 9,443€
36 weeks 9,695€
37 weeks 9,947€
38 weeks 10,200€
39 weeks 10,452€
40 weeks 10,704€
41 weeks 10,956€
42 weeks 11,208€
43 weeks 11,461€
44 weeks 11,713€
45 weeks 11,965€
46 weeks 12,217€
47 weeks 12,469€
48 weeks 12,722€
49 weeks 12,974€
50 weeks (max. stay) 13,226€
Average fees 510€/week

Program fees

510€ per week 1 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 50 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Maximo Nivel

Brilliant 4.7 rating (108 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2003

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Joyce

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Maximo Nivel offers Volunteer Abroad and International Internship programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Meet your organization

Who we are? 

Maximo Nivel is a family-owned organization that has been offering volunteer abroad programs since 2003. We are a locally-based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru, where we also own and operate 4 intercultural centers in Antigua, Guatemala; Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; San José, Costa Rica.

What we do? 

We offer a wide range of work-study-travel programs, including Volunteer Abroad, International Internships, TEFL Certification, Gap Year, Spanish Immersion, Adventure & Culture, and more! 

Where we work? 

Maximo Nivel’s work-study-travel programs take place in Antigua, Guatemala; Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; and San José, Costa Rica. We also have off-site programs on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica and Guatemala and in the Amazon Jungle and Sacred Valley of Peru. 

Our mission/vision: 

Maximo Nivel is a professional, ethical, and hardworking organization that is completely dedicated to providing a great experience to every student, participant, client, faculty leader, and partner who joins us.

Our goals: 

  • Deliver high-quality, safe, affordable programs 
  • Provide the best Spanish language immersion in all of Latin America 
  • Improve impact at every volunteer project site where we work 
  • Train and certify world-class ESL teachers 
  • Organize excellent internships and other opportunities for international work experience 
  • Help people experience the world through education, adventure, and cultural travel.

Who are we looking for? 

Adventurous people who are passionate about travel, culture, languages, and helping others.

Why choose us? 

Maximo Nivel's program fees are affordable and transparent. We pride ourselves on providing great client service!

108 reviews · rating4.7

Alexey Carvalho rating4.2

2023 at Support Local Healthcare

Trabalhar no Centro Gerontológico, com os idosos por uma semana que fiquei em Cusco, foi uma experiência muito enriquecedora que recomendo, completada com a visita a Machu Picchu que fiz por conta própria. Acredito que faltaram apenas outras atividades, devido ao horário de saída do trabalho ...
Phillip Fromm rating5

2018 at Support Local Healthcare

The culture I was able to realize through them was incredible: I have had a wonderful time in Cusco, I got to explore the beautiful city of Cusco, experience the culture, and volunteer in the community. Volunteering was definitely one of my highlights. The team at Maximo is great, easy to ...
Diana Gomez rating5

2018 at Support Local Healthcare

To put it simply I had a great time. I was fortunate to volunteer in a clinic and work beside great doctors. True resourcefulness is doing the best with what you have, and the staff at this clinic exemplified this completely. They were very welcoming and went the extra mile to make sure volunteers ...
Jeffrey Anderson rating5

2018 at Support Local Healthcare

I volunteered at a medical clinic in suburban Cusco, and it was an amazing experience! I became such great friends with the doctors, nurses, and other volunteers. Even though the clinic staff didn't speak English and I didn't speak Spanish at the beginning, they were always friendly and patient ...
Kaitlyn Bice rating4.2

2018 at Support Local Healthcare

Maximo Nivel has given me the opportunity to become an active member in the community. I have been so happy to give my part to the community, and help those who need the most attention. I am so grateful to give the medical attention to kids and adults. Thank you, Maximo Nivel, for hosting me in ...
Kathleen Nordstrom rating5

2023 at Community Childcare Supporter

I would recommend Máximo Nivel a million times over. The warm, engaging staff and volunteer/student community make you feel welcome from the moment you step in the door, and I met several lifelong friends. There are lots of opportunities to explore, including around the city and the country as a ...

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