Volunteer in Healthcare in Peru

Do you have an interest or experience in the field of medicine? There are countless people in Peru would greatly benefit from your commitment to the volunteer abroad in healthcare in Peru program.

  • Make a difference in the health of those who are suffering
  • Gain valuable medical experience working alongside medical professionals
  • Receive consistent support from our in country coordinator
  • Positively reviewed and recommended volunteering opportunity with the medical program in Peru

Volunteer abroad in healthcare in Peru 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 volunteer work with the medical project in Peru provides volunteers with the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics and specialized projects to provide healthcare to disadvantaged Peruvians.

You 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. When you volunteer in the medical program in Peru, 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 volunteering in healthcare in Peru 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 and Qualifications Needed

Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is highly beneficial for this volunteering opportunity with medical program in Peru. 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.

Dates: Volunteer in Mexico

All volunteer programs in Mexico start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Mexico

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Mexico volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Mexico application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

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1 Week   $258   $258   $279
2 Weeks   $391   $391   $433
3 Weeks   $524   $524   $587
4 Weeks   $657   $657   $741
5 Weeks   $815   $815   $920
6 Weeks   $948   $948   $1,074
7 Weeks   $1,081   $1,081   $1,228
8 Weeks   $1,214   $1,214   $1,382
9 Weeks   $1,372   $1,372   $1,561
10 Weeks   $1,505   $1,505   $1,715
11 Weeks   $1,638   $1,638   $1,869
12 Weeks   $1,771   $1,771   $2,023
Airport pick-up   $50   $50   $110
Airport: Manzanillo Manzanillo Puerto Vallarta
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family or camp)
  • Food (3 local food a day)
  • Airport pick up
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering programs in Mexico fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Healthcare in Peru