Medical Elective

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Coordinator | Michael
Coordinator | Michael
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Enhance your CV and gain professional hands-on experience in a rural medical post and a semi-rural hospital in a developing country, having a real positive impact on the community.
There is a bursary available to contribute towards the financial contribution required by the applicant and to cover medical equipment which will be bought for the community.
Work alongside experienced & passionate people from a range of disciplines & backgrounds.
Live and work in a surfing paradise in northern Peru, the land of endless summer.
Explore other regions of Peru such as the rainforest, Machu Picchu and Lima.
We need medical students and qualified doctors to help us in Lobitos, Peru with giving medical support and working with public health education initiatives. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Solteiros
Casais
Grupos
50+

EcoSwell is a surfing-inspired sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability. We develop environmental, educational, infrastructure and socio-economic projects working hand in hand with local communities and international volunteer interns.

The precarious socioeconomic and environmental conditions of Lobitos and Talara (the closest city to Lobitos) mean that the local population is exposed to a range of health problems. These include but are not limited to: respiratory problems, infections, viruses, birth control, and sanitation issues. In addition to this, the medical post in Lobitos is not functioning to capacity and the hospital in Talara is understaffed, which leads to demands for medical help and attention not being met. Additionally, there is a severe lack of public health awareness, therefore perpetuating health issues within families. 

In order to mitigate these impacts, we have established a cooperative Medical & Dentistry volunteering program alongside the Lobitos medical post and the Talara hospital in order to combat these issues.


The financial contribution you make as an volunteer intern helps us plant a tree with community families in Lobitos with the volunteers at EcoSwell and the families engaging as well. 


Typical day

As part of this volunteering position, medical, dentistry students and/or professional doctors will support the understaffed hospital in Talara and the Medical post in Lobitos in the following specialties: Respiratory, Pediatrics, Infections, Gynecology, General Practice and Dermatology. With the guidance of the EcoSwell team, volunteers will also design and implement public health educational initiatives in Lobitos for the local population in relation to the identified challenges in order to raise awareness.

Medical Elective interns will be supported by the EcoSwell staff and local health practitioners who will be there to supervise when required. Volunteers will need to spend at least one month with us, time in which they will spend half of their placement in Talara helping at the hospital and the second half, carrying out the public health education initiatives in Lobitos and helping at the Lobitos medical post.


Free-time activities

Interns work between 9am to 5pm on weekdays but evenings and weekends are free for you to spend as you wish. The northern coast of Peru has amazing waves, beaches and towns to go visit, with lots of different activities on offer such as:

  • Surf lessons with local instructors in Lobitos. Alternatively, rent one of our EcoSwell surfboards and head out to the waves by yourself.

  • Yoga classes

  • Swimming with turtles 

  • Fishing, sea-lion and whale watching trips with local fishermen

  • Trekking and birdwatching in the native Dry Forest ecosystem

  • Eat traditional Peruvian food at local restaurants 

  • Visits to other nearby beaches and towns within hours of Lobitos to explore more Peruvian landscapes, culture & history.

Please note that these activities are separate and are not included in the financial contribution you make as part of the volunteer internship. 


Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
Safari/
Zoo
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Requi­sitos

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 (fluently) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Medicine at Final year of university level
Required Documents
proof of education
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
These positions are available to medical and dentistry students who are in their clinical years, and qualified doctors. We also ask for:
At least an intermediate ( B1 or equivalent) level of Spanish. This is essential for communication with staff in the hospital and medical post.
Minimum age 18.
Basic experience or strong motivation to work as part of a team away from home.

However, the most important thing is that you have an open mind, positive attitude and willingness to learn!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Serviços incluídos

Services by EcoSwell
You can volunteer at the project site in Lobitos between 2 weeks and 14 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. EcoSwell will let you know about the final price during your application process.

Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

The financial contribution you make as a volunteer intern helps funds our community projects and operations, it funds our impact. For every volunteer intern that joins our program, we also plant a tree with local families to help restore the degraded forest ecosystem found in our region.

The fees include all food, accommodation, airport pick up and on-site support and guidance during your time with us.
Airport Pickup at Captain FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport

We will collect you from the airport in Talara and drive you to Lobitos by car.

Accommodation

During your volunteer internship with us, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in the EcoSwell House, including all meals (healthy and mostly vegetarian) and airport pickup/dropoff. This is included in your financial contribution. Volunteer interns sleep in shared dorm rooms with shared bathrooms and access to a shared living room, office space, kitchen, internet connection, clean water and a garden.

Food & Beverages
Peruvian food is categorised as some of the best in world. You’ll get all your meals included; breakfast, lunch and dinner, within the EcoSwell house as part of your contribution. 

This includes, meats, fresh seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, coffee… you name it we have it, and more (as you’ll probably try new fruits you didn’t know existed). All food is bought weekly in the nearest city of Talara fresh from the markets and supermarkets. You will also get a chance to try out local cuisine in some of the restaurants in Lobitos.

Of course we can cater for those with dietary requirements such as vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance, for example.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Captain FAP Victor Montes Arias Airport (TYL) in Talara. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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.
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.

Datas & Custos

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This medical & dentistry volunteer internship is available all year round and you can join us any time. However, we do ask that you stay with us for a minimum of 4 weeks in order to have enough time to work closely with the medical institutions we support, make an impact and get the most out of the experience. 

It’s easy to get to Lobitos! There are daily flights from Lima to Talara where you will be met at the airport and driven directly to Lobitos.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 14 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2.432
5 weeks
$2.958
6 weeks
$3.550
9 weeks
$5.086
14 weeks (max. stay)
$7.542
Average fees
$573 /week

Por favor, note que as taxas acima indicadas são estimadas. EcoSwell informará o candidato sobre o preço final durante o processo de candidatura.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with EcoSwell during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Medical Elective

We need medical students and qualified doctors to help us in Lobitos, Peru with giving medical support and working with public health education initiatives.

$573/week

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