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 and Prices
Dates: Volunteer in Peru
All volunteer programs in Peru start at the beginning of each week. Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.
All volunteer work in Peru options are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.
Prices: Volunteer in Peru
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Peru. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Peru 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 your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
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- Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49/day
- Spanish Lessons (Monday-Friday/10 hours a week): $50
Fees do cover:
- Airport pick up
- In-country induction with a staff member upon arrival
- Personalized project
- Support of in-country coordinator
- Pre-departure information
- Emergency support
- Other program related support
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Fees do not cover:
- Airport return/drop off
- Daily transportation
The volunteering overseas in Peru program 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
- What does a daily routine look like when volunteering overseas with healthcare in Peru?
- What's the distance between my accommodations and project location? What are the commuting possibilities?
- Is the volunteer in the medical program in Peru on going throughout the year?
We recommend this project for those who are fluent or speak Spanish on a intermediate level. This is what a daily schedule could look like:
7 am- breakfast
8am – start of your volunteering day – you will assist doctors or nurses: visiting patients, cleaning wounds, taking blood pressure and sometimes watching surgeries.
12pm-1pm- lunch at host family
1:30pm- leave for Spanish class
2pm-4pm- Spanish class
7:30- dinner with host family
You will live approximately 20 minutes from the project location. Public transport or taxis ($4 USD /ride) are the alternatives.