Maximo Nivel

Medical Internships in Peru

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Agency | Maximo Nivel

Work as a Medical Intern in Peru.

Medical internship placements are in assisted living facilities, small local clinics, or hospitals. Interns always work one-on-one with a staff member, assisting or shadowing, while at the placement.

Placements require a strong intermediate level of Spanish.

Medical interns should understand that independence in the work will be determined by:

  • Level of training and demonstrated expertise
  • Level of Spanish language skills
  • Ability to take initiative and build chemistry with patients and staff

Possible tasks for Medical Interns include:

  • Aid in physical examinations, including taking vitals, height and weight, and medical history
  • Assist with processing, reporting, and interpreting laboratory tests
  • Observe and aid in patient consultations and prescribing medications
  • Observe injections, sutures, and suture removal
  • Aid in obstetric check-ups and consultations, as well as family planning services
  • Evaluate the physical and neurological development of patients
  • Prepare and sterilize equipment and materials for exams and procedures
  • Organize patient medical files

As part of the internship program, participants receive 1 hour of private Spanish lessons every day, Monday to Friday. The classes can be personalized to the level and work schedule, and focuses on vocabulary relevant to the internship placement. 

Our Native Spanish Program is taught by experienced, certified, native Spanish instructors. Maximo Nivel uses the Communicative Method of language teaching, which is focused primarily on immersive, spoken interaction as a means of learning. For this reason, please note that teachers speak only in Spanish 100% of the time during class.

All interns are required to submit weekly journals and a final deliverable.

Internships os less than 8 weeks require either a 10-20 page written paper or a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation. Internships of 8 weeks or longer require both a 10-20 page written paper and a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation.

Final Deliverables are expected to cover the following:

  • Overview of the medical facility you worked with and your role
  • Organization review
  • Sector analysis in host or home country
  • Analysis of obstacles incurred
  • Outcomes/results

Please be aware that activities vary based on the needs of the medical facility. It is crucial to have realistic expectations, as there are inherent limitations to working abroad in the medical field. In some cases only shadowing, rather than independent work with patients, is possible for those with medical qualifications from other countries.

Interns are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators, but they are not with them at the placement every day. Please be prepared for some independence and leadership.

Internship placements are located in the Cusco area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your placement. Travel time varies widely, but interns should expect to spend 10-60 minutes traveling each way. Taxis are also widely available. On the first day at the internship, participants travel on local transport with a Maximo Nivel representative who provides all the necessary information on how to get there and back. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip typically costs S/. 5 or less ($1.75).

Typical day

Working hours vary by placement, but interns can expect to work 4-6 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Daily 1-hour Spanish classes are Monday to Friday, and they may have additional planning or tasks to do outside of work. Weekends are free to relax, explore, travel, or do any independent work you have.

Details on Arrival

Every Monday, all year round.

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. Interns most commonly like to explore the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and of course Machu Picchu. As well, our local staff always posts a monthly events calendar to let them know of the activities going on around Maximo. Our on-site travel partner is also very knowledgeable and can assist in setting up trips. 
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and 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, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Maximo Nivel.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Maximo Nivel (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 Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (private room with breakfast and dinner)
- Spanish classes (5 hours private lessons/week)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of internship
- 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. Interns find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.
Accommodation
Interns 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.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Interns have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.
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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,525.00
5 weeks
$1,710.00
6 weeks
$1,895.00
7 weeks
$2,080.00
8 weeks
$2,245.00
11 weeks
$2,800.00
19 weeks
$4,280.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,015.00
Average fees
$291.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maximo Nivel 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Peru  Cusco, Avenida El Sol 612-616

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