Peru – Cuzco Health and Medical Care

Volunteer in Cuzco to be involved in a truly unique program! This program offers both medical and healthcare placements, allowing students of all science-related majors to gain real experience in their field while living abroad!

 

Program Highlights:

 

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your homestay in Cuzco. Spend the day settling in and enjoy the young and vibrant atmosphere of the city.

Day 1, Monday: Your host family will accompany you to the project site on your first day of volunteering, where you will receive additional project orientation. After completing this, you will begin your volunteer tasks which will depend on your experience and qualifications, level of Spanish, as well as the needs of the project.

Days 2-5, Tuesday-Friday: Volunteers will work three to four hours per day, on either a morning or afternoon shift, depending on the needs of the program at the time. Specific tasks vary, depending upon placement, previous experience and language skills.

Days 6-7, Saturday-Sunday: Weekends are free for relaxing or exploring.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow a similar schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having Saturday-Sunday free. Departure is on a Saturday.

 

Location icon Location of the Project: Cuzco, Peru

Project length Project length: Min 1 week – Max 1 year

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Patient care, clinic work

Age Age: 19-80

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: All volunteers must bring some basic medical supplies- details in your packing list

 

What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared rooms with a host family

Food Food: Breakfast and dinner are provided every day

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided on arrival day with transportation to our institute in Cuzco. Transportation is included from the institute to the project site on the first day.

Orientation Orientation: You will receive a general program orientation at our institute in Cuzco. There will be an additional onsite project orientation.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

 

What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches, daily transport to and from project (approx. $5 per day), personal expenses

The city of Cuzco lies in the southeastern Andes Mountains and was the capital city of the Inca Empire of Peru. Today it is a bustling city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts more than one million tourists each year and is the gateway to the famous, ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Placements for this program are located in and around Cuzco. Certain placements may be as far as one hour away from the city.

 

Both healthcare and medical volunteers may be placed in local hospitals, clinics, elder homes or related institutions that are located both in the city of Cuzco.

The healthcare placement is suitable for students of health science, students in nursing school, pre-med students and students in their first two years of medical school. Healthcare volunteers will be involved in tasks such as providing companionship, distributing medications, leading workshops, leading discussions or leading arts and crafts and related activities for elders or people with disabilities. Volunteers in this placement may also partake in dental or physical therapy placements.

The medical placement is suitable for both licensed medical professionals as well as students in their third or fourth year of medical school. Volunteers in the medical placement may be involved in more hands-on tasks such as taking vital signs, updating patient records, shadowing other medical professionals, partaking in medical campaigns and vaccination programs and/or assisting with check-ups and triage.

Some of your tasks may include:

  • Providing companionship for patients
  • Distributing medications
  • Assisting with general check-ups
  • Taking vital signs
  • Organizing and updating patient records
  • Shadowing medical staff

 

Please note: Volunteer activities depend on previous experience, training and language skills.

Medical professional volunteers are typically placed at a national clinic for primary and emergency care, or in an assisted living facility. Due to medical laws, professional volunteers are not allowed to practice fully and freely, however your help can greatly benefit the projects still.

Medical professionals can expect to do the following in their placement:
– Work alongside a nurse, doctor, therapist, or other medical professional with consultations
– Do triage, clean wounds, draw blood samples, give sutures and injections
– Provide general care and companionship to patients (talking, feeding, bathing)
– Distribute or sort medicine, teach patients about their medicine
– Clean or prepare materials and equipment, including changing beds
– Assist with administrative work and filing, recording patient data

Holidays: While the project remains open throughout the year, activities and volunteer schedules may vary on the holidays. For specific dates, please consult with our placement coordinators.

Typical Schedule: Volunteers will work 3-4 hours per day, either a morning or afternoon shift, Monday-Friday. Schedules are subject to change depending on the current needs of the program.

Internet icon Internet: Internet is available at some host families for an additional fee and at the institute in Cuzco for free.

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry is available for an additional fee at host families or at local laundromats.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers with will stay in shared, single-gender rooms with a host family. Rooms accommodate up to four volunteers.

Food icon Food: Breakfast and dinner are provided every day. Certain diets can be accommodated if notice is given in advance.

 

Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • For the health care placement, volunteers must be pre-med, nursing or health science students
  • For the dentistry and physical therapy placements, volunteers must be at least pre-med students
  • For the medical placement, volunteers must be licensed medical professionals or those in their third or fourth year of medical school and provide proof of medical education, training, certifications and licenses
  • Must be flexible and open-minded
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination & a negative PCR test for COVID-19 Before arrival

On the weekends, you can travel to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley, the Amazon Jungle, and many more great destinations! There are several activities offered by the local team as well, which are listed below.

Spanish Language Immersion—1 to 24 weeks of Spanish in small group or private classes

Mini Adventure—Catch the best highlights of Peru on this week-long tour including a Cusco city tour, Sacred Valley tour, Moray Ruins, tour of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. programs. Prices available upon request.

Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs. Prices available upon request.

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