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Health Care Aid

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You will participate in different health institutions working hands-on. The local staff aims to provide patients with a good treatment that will lead to full recovery. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This project takes place in medical facilities and hospitals in Peru. It enables volunteers to help patients in various institutions in Cusco. The purpose of this project is to support the indigenous and socially ostracized Peruvians, who cannot afford comprehensive medical treatment. Due to the vast medical needs of this population, volunteers and donations are crucial. As a volunteer, you will gain invaluable, hands-on experience and will feel personally rewarded knowing that you made a tangible difference in people’s lives. 

Volunteers are placed at public hospitals, children's cancer ward, and a maternity center. At each institution, the care provided by the medical staff stretches far beyond medical treatments. They also help create an environment that is comfortable and encouraging for the patients, and are always open to help them with any problems, questions, or needs.

Your Tasks

During your volunteer work, you will help doctors and nurses in one of the medical facilities where we place our volunteers. Depending on your previous knowledge, you will have the opportunity to apply and improve your medical skills. If you don't have any previous knowledge in health care, you will be able to closely observe the nurses' and doctors' duties, assisting when needed. Health care students will have additional tasks, including support in treatments and examinations, as well as support for the medical staff. Recent graduates will be able to support the doctors and nursing staff in a great role. Professionals are very welcome to join this project. You volunteer work may require the use of medical work clothes, which can be purchased in Cusco.

Childhood Cancer Center, you will have the following tasks, among others:

- Assistance in performing chemotherapy
- Teaching children while they can not go to school (elementary school knowledge)
- Help feeding the children 
- Playing with children and distracting them
- Organize activities and games for children
- Supervise and monitor children

Maternity Center, you will have the following tasks, among others:

- Register women and record the actions taken per patient
- Teaching women about health, hygiene and a healthy lifestyle
- Organize activities that teach women everyday skills
- If you have graduated with a degree in health, you may be present during the deliveries
- Other related tasks

Free-time activities

In your spare time, there is a wide range of activities to choose from. Most volunteers explore the nature and culture of Peru while also taking in the amazing views that the country has to offer. Volunteers can also socialize in bars or restaurants.
Our super tip! The world famous Inca site Machu Picchu is not far away!!


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
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, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

Consultation by our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Volunteer Work Placement | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24/7 Emergency Number | Accommodation in Residence | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Airport pick-up can be arrganged at an extra fee.


Volunteers live in a residence together with fellow volunteers, Spanish students and backpackers. This accommodation offers a single bedroom with a shared bathroom, and no meals are provided. There is a common kitchen area where meals can be prepared. Internet WIFI is available.

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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