Training and support
Medical Electives and Travel in Peru
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From $649 USD for 1 Week
1 - 12 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 to 40 years old
Our medical program is located in Cusco. Cusco is one of the oldest cities in South America and situated in close proximity to the tourist mecca of Machu Picchu. You will work closely with an assigned doctor, assisting them in their day-to-day responsibilities. The clinics are located in the city of Cusco and provide care for the lower income residents. Generally, these are general practice clinics but some have staff that work in psychology, gynaecology, dentistry, laboratory etc. On this program you can opt to take Spanish classes as well as get travel options.
Arrival and Orientation
Orientation is given by our local team at our offices in Cusco. Orientation begins on Monday morning and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cusco – introduction to Peru, Peruvian customs, language lesson details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Cusco, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. On arrival you will be transported to your accommodation and introduced to your host, and the following day you will complete orientation. On your first day of volunteering, typically Monday you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. Weekdays: Volunteers will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift which will last about 3 to 4 hours. A typical afternoon schedule would be as follows: 12.00 PM Lunch at a local restaurant. 1.00 PM Leave the homestay and travel to your placement, where you will be given a structure sheet and a plan for your work. Volunteer roles and hours are dependent on your project and placement. 4.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. You are free to go sightseeing or do some shopping. If you are taking a Spanish language course, this will usually take place in the morning and will last 1 to 2 hours. 7.00 PM Dinner with the host family
Volunteers will be getting a truly local experience of living with a local family in Cusco. You will be given all meals at the house.
It is important that Medical volunteers have realistic expectations with regard to the activities that they will get involved in. Pre-medical students, first year or second year medical and nursing students can participate in the following areas within the clinic and hospital placements: taking weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, making beds, cleaning, talking with patients, preparing materials, administering vaccinations and sterilizing equipment. Third and fourth year medical and nursing students can also participate in the following areas: cleaning wounds, giving injections and sutures, consult rooms and specialized departments, assisting doctors taking physicals and histories, giving vaccinations, taking records, drawing blood samples, and basic assistance with physiotherapy. Volunteers with a higher Spanish level will have more opportunity to move around the different areas within their clinic.
Many clinics are under resourced and having students to come and shadow doctors and medical teams can really help the clinics and medical facilities. As much as you give you will learn a lot from your time on the project about medical cases and treatments in South America.
Where you will be volunteeringCusco, Peru
Work location will vary and will be provided closer to the start date
Where you'll be stayingCusco, Peru
Your accommodation will be with a family and you will be sharing with someone unless a private room is requested. Bathrooms will be shared. All meals will be given in the house.
Nearest AirportVelazco Astete Airport (CUZ), San Sebastián, Peru
What’s Not Included
Local language lessons
Transportation to and from project site
Project Start Dates
Volunteering Journeys is a social enterprise that provides the global youth of today with responsible and experiential travel opportunities through sustainable and impactful volunteer programs in the areas of education, healthcare and marine & animal conservation. Our two marquee locations are Galle, Sri Lanka and Kerala, India - both tropical destinations known for their raw beauty, deep culture/history and hospitable people. What separates us from others is our global mindset, local knowhow and ability to deliver wonderful experiences to our young travellers. We are ground operators and offer truly authentic projects be it hospital placements for medical/nursing students, working with special needs communities, women's empowerment, teaching english to children or Buddhist monks, or working on serious elephant, dog care or sea-turtle conservation projects. We also offer unique adventure & sightseeing tours in these locations, which can be done on a standalone basis or combined with any of our volunteering programs. All our programs are created and managed with the goal of enhancing young travellers' learning and having fun, whilst providing sustainable development and aid to the communities we serve.
I'm a medical student from Germany and I spent four weeks in Kerala. The staff were very helpful and warm. On the first day we got a tour of the surrounding area and the staff helped us plan for the weekends as well. I spent the majority of my ... I'm a medical student from Germany and I spent four weeks in Kerala. The staff were very helpful and warm. On the first day we got a tour of the surrounding area and the staff helped us plan for the weekends as well. I spent the majority of my time at the hospital but also got to help with the teaching program. The hospital was a bit too far and it would sometimes take over an hour and half to get back to the homestay with rush hour but the staff were warm and not shy to speak in English. Overall I had a great experience. +more
Had a great time in Nepal. I really enjoyed my placement at the hospital and felt like I really experienced culture in Nepal Had a great time in Nepal. I really enjoyed my placement at the hospital and felt like I really experienced culture in Nepal
VJs was very supportive and organised. If we needed help with anything, hospital related or otherwise, they would always have a friendly face and research it for us and give us the information as soon as they could.
The orientation was very helpful and informative for cultural immersion.
Hospital took ... VJs was very supportive and organised. If we needed help with anything, hospital related or otherwise, they would always have a friendly face and research it for us and give us the information as soon as they could.
The orientation was very helpful and informative for cultural immersion.
Hospital took time to get used to, but that would be the case with any new system of health IN any country. It was a private hospital but I would have liked to visit a public hospital as it would indicate the true inequity in health. Still, I felt like I learnt a lot about the healthcare system and by asking doctors and making conversation with patients you can learn even more so don't underestimate that!
Accommodation was 3 to a room and if you have some good people with you, that's always fun. The food was a hit and miss, with Didi making very unbalanced meals (e.g only noodles or fried rice) quite regularly despite us asking for traditional Nepali cuisine (good balance of cerbs/protein/veg). She would stay up late to open the gate for us and was supportive overall.
The VJ staff was very helpful and friendly! +more
I'm a medical student from Australia doing a medical elective with Volunteering Journeys in Kathmandu. The level of support from Volunteering Journeys is great. Although I was mainly at the hospital, I also had the chance to do community work at a school. They give you a free tour ...
I'm a medical student from Australia doing a medical elective with Volunteering Journeys in Kathmandu. The level of support from Volunteering Journeys is great. Although I was mainly at the hospital, I also had the chance to do community work at a school. They give you a free tour of the city, free airport transfers, and organise weekend activities. It is totally stress and worry free. The staff are all friendly and sociable; breakfast and dinner is also included. The only improvement I could suggest was hospital choice.
Anyhow, if you want anything, you can always approach the staff. +more