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Medical & Healthcare Assistant

Cuzco, Peru

Looking for a great future in medical field, or already a certified doctor/nurse? Then, this program is tailor made for you. Join the Medical Program in Peru.

Volunteering abroad

Working overseas is certainly an unparalleled experience, not just in terms of the exposure you get on a foreign soil, but also with respect to the new culture and lifestyle which you get to witness. And, when the same working abroad opportunity is in the form of volunteering, and that too for healthcare, it raise the bar of travel experience to unprecedented heights. 

The project

Volunteering Solutions brings you one such volunteer abroad opportunity where you can contribute for the better healthcare services and medical support for the poor in local communities. Whether you are a medical/nursing student or a certified doctor/nurse in your country, this placement is designed for you to contribute your knowledge and hone your skills. 

Students can gain so much experience while assisting local doctors and nursing staff in the hospital and clinical placements. This would provide that much needed boost to your medical career and an edge over your peers. 

Volunteer work

Volunteers working in this program make a genuine contribution to staff working within Peru’s hospitals, health clinics and medical centres. Volunteers mainly work in medical clinics which provide care and treatment to the people residing in the poor areas of the cities. All the volunteers in this program work in the capacity of assistants to the doctors and nurses in the placements. Volunteers work for 4-5 hrs in a day for 5 days in a week. The volunteer schedule is flexible and can vary.

Depending on your medical experience and Spanish language skills you may be asked to assist with various procedures such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, helping with taking vital signs of patients, being involved in the daily procedures of medical centers – observing or directly providing various sorts of assistance to existing doctors and nurses. 

A generic list of tasks you'd be involved in is as follows:

  • Assist with various procedures such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations
  • Helping with taking vital signs of patients.
  • Being involved in the daily procedures of medical centers.
  • Observing or directly providing various sorts of assistance to existing doctors and nurses
  • Shadow the Doctors on critical surgeries and operations
  • Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors
  • Maintaining files
  • Routine patient check-ups like measure Blood pressure, check fever etc.
It is to be noted that the level of involvement highly depends upon the experience and qualifications. 1st and 2nd year medical students would mostly be observing and shadowing the local doctor, while 3rd and final year students will be allowed to do hands-on, under direct supervision of the local medical staff. Those who are certified doctors and nurses, will be working alongside the local doctor, in assisting them with patients and other duties. 

Please Note: Pre-med students can also apply for this program, however, the work would only be of shadowing and observing. 

Typical day

A generic day to day routine of volunteers joining the medical and healthcare program in Peru includes :-

Sunday:  Arrival in Peru and transfer to your accommodation

Monday:  Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Peru.

Tue to Fri: Volunteer Work

  • Breakfast - 07:00 am to 07:30 am
  • Working hours at the placement - 08:00 am to 12:30 pm and 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (the second shifts depends on the                                     requirement at the placement).
  • Lunch - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
  • Dinner - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Weekends: Free to explore the city 

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward (Mon– Fri)

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program:


August         06 & 20
September 10 & 24
October         08 & 22
November 05 & 19
December 03 & 10

Since the arrival date is the same as the program start date, you'll have to be in Cuzco on the date you choose as your program start date. For example, if you choose 08th October as your program start date, you need to arrive in Cuzco on the 8th of October.

Free-time activities

Depending on your project placement, you may get free evenings and weekends. You can utilize this time to visit local markets and other places around your project location.

Places like Barrio de San Blas, Hatton Rumiyuq, Convent and Church of La Merced and Cathedral of Peru have been declared as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and must be visited by volunteers during free time and weekends. Of course, we also arrange for tours to Macchu Picchu.

Volunteers are also free to plan quick getaways and explore Peru. We also arrange programs for groups in Tambopata Rainforest areas and the country coordinator can be contacted for the same. 

Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Healthcare at Pre-med level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport, Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Motivation
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 from 08:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

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The total cost for the program includes;

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup 
  • Orientation 
  • Accommodation 
  • Meals
  • Insurance (Provided at an extra cost)

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station

Accommodation

Volunteers are provided accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. 

Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have WiFi connection and cable TV as well.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc. 

Those with special food requirements (such as, vegan, allergic to a particular kind of food, etc.) can mention the same in their applications and it will be taken care of. 

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 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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$845.00
3 weeks
$995.00
4 weeks
$1,115.00
5 weeks
$1,260.00
6 weeks
$1,405.00
7 weeks
$1,550.00
8 weeks
$1,680.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,680.00
Average fees
$330.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cuzco/Peru between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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