Medical Volunteering in Peru

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  • Program: Volunteer in Peru
  • Project: Healthcare and Medical Project
  • Start Dates: Every Monday of each month
  • Language Needed: Strong English Skills
  • Accommodation and meals: Volunteers will live in either a hostel or with a host family. Those with host families will receive 3 meals a day.
  • Working Hours: 30 hours a week
  • Activities: Assist clinics and hospitals with workshops, basic care and organization

Overview of the Project

Volunteer in Peru in the healthcare and medical project to help provide healthcare to Peruvians who need it the most.  Healthcare in Peru is often too expensive for locals and the quality is lacking.  Global Crossroad's medical volunteer project provides volunteers with the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics and specialized projects to provide healthcare to disadvantaged Peruvians. Volunteers will work alongside doctors, nurses, therapists and other medical professionals in urban or rural settings in the fields of rehabilitation for children, general medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, dental, family medicine, psychology, counseling, social work, physical and occupational rehabilitation, etc.  In addition, Global Crossroad partners with a mobile hospital to provide medical attention to those who are incapable of traveling to Cusco.  This mobile hospital desperately needs specialized medical teams and mental health workers.  As a volunteer in Peru working in the healthcare project, your responsibilities will depend on your

medical experience and Spanish language skills, but you may be asked to assist with various procedures such as delivering babies, suturing wounds, and giving vaccinations. Some volunteers may also be asked to help with vaccination and public health campaigns. Regardless of your qualifications and projects in Peru, you will undoubtedly change the lives of others, allowing them to live healthier and productive lives.

Note: Medical volunteers who do not speak Spanish are required to attend a 7-day Spanish crash course at our Spanish school in Cusco.

Medical placements ARE available for people without medical training. These volunteers can observe the healthcare in Peru, assist with basic tasks and learn from others with medical experience. Those without experience must be able to handle observing doctors and nurses with procedures that may involve blood and minor surgeries.

Role of Volunteer

Depending on skills and qualifications, volunteers in this project are involved in various activities such as:

  • Observing and supporting healthcare professionals by shadowing doctors
  • Public outreach and education
  • Supporting healthcare professionals (as dictated by individual experience/qualifications)
  • Organizing and developing educational seminars
  • Educating the general population on topics related to healthcare
  • Assisting pre-established healthcare programs (health clinics, non-profits, NGOs)   
  • Assisting clinics and hospitals with administrative tasks
  • Providing basic patient care
  • Doctors with qualifications may diagnose and treat patients

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Skills/Qualification Needed

Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is highly beneficial for medical volunteering in Peru project. If you cannot speak Spanish, we require enrolment in a 1-week crash course Spanish Language Studies program. Additional lessons beyond the first week of studies can run simultaneous to your volunteer project; however, a basic level of fluency is required to begin.

Interested volunteers who have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician’s credentials must bring copies of qualifications. Note: Medical placements ARE available for people without medical training, but placements will not be in the role of a doctor/nurse’s assistant.

Volunteer in Peru: Project Locations and Free Time Options

Our Peru in-country staff and other volunteers will gladly help you plan cultural and outdoor excursions and trips.  Global Crossroad’s projects are located in either Cusco or Manu National Park.  Cusco is a fabulous place for cultural activities or for further travel or adventure. The city contains many attractions like historical museums, beautiful parks, colonial squares, stunning churches, ancient ruins, Incan streets, colorful markets and endless adventure opportunities such as river rafting, quad biking, horseback riding, paragliding, zip lining, trekking and tours through the Amazon jungle and the Sacred Valley.   Of course, the famous lost city, Machu Picchu is another destination volunteers can head to for its majestic and alluring simplicity beckoning from its perch high in the mountains. Reaching the summit does not have to be a weeklong commitment! There are options for everyone – trains or trekking (the original Inca Trail or jungle treks) will get you to the top in time to witness a breathtaking and magical sunrise.

Manu National Park is one of the largest parks in South America and is famed as one of the best places to explore the Amazon jungle.  UNESCO names the biological reserve a World Heritage Site as more than 15,000 plant species and up to 250 varieties of trees can be found in one single hector!   The variety of flora and fauna are endless, providing natural entertainment for any outdoor enthusiast. 

Peru’s landscape is varied and ranges from the high tips of the Andes Mountain, to dense Amazonian jungles, to the exquisite beaches along the Pacific. There is truly something for everyone in Peru.