Medical Electives and Travel in Peru

Cusco, Peru

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Volunteering Journeys

(67 Reviews)
  • 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.

Field Conditions

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.

Your Impact

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.


Cusco, Peru
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Cusco, Peru

    Work location will vary and will be provided closer to the start date

  • Where you'll be staying
    Cusco, 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 Airport
    Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ), San Sebastián, Peru


1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week

$649 USD

What’s Included

  • All meals

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Local language lessons

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air Tickets

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.

Reviews (67)


Dec 31, 2017

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 ... +more


Nov 17, 2017

Had a great time in Nepal. I really enjoyed my placement at the hospital and felt like I really experienced culture in Nepal


Nov 16, 2017

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 ...

Angela Au

Nov 15, 2017

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 ... +more

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