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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! This program exposes volunteers to the Peruvian healthcare system and is a great opportunity for learning, giving back and taking part in positive cultural exchange.

The healthcare placement is for students of health science, nursing and pre-med. The other, even more hands-on option of medical care, is designed for licensed medical professionals or those in their third or fourth year of medical school. Volunteers have the option to add on additional activities for a small fee to practice or learn Spanish!
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Location of the Project:  Cuzco, Peru
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 1 year
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Arrival Airport:  Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
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Volunteer Work:  Patient care, clinic work
Age:  19-80
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  All volunteers must bring some basic medical supplies- details in your packing list

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms with a host family
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided every day
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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:  You will receive a general program orientation at our institute in Cuzco. There will be an additional onsite project orientation.
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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.

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.

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.
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Internet:  Internet is available at some host families for an additional fee and at the institute in Cuzco for free.
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Laundry:  Laundry is available for an additional fee at host families or at local laundromats.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers with will stay in shared, single-gender rooms with a host family. Rooms accommodate up to four volunteers.
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided every day. Certain diets can be accommodated if notice is given in advance.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • For the medical placement, volunteers must be a pre-med, nursing or health science student or a medical professional and  provide proof of medical education, training, certifications and licenses
  • Must be flexible and open-minded
  • Good level of physical fitness
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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