Volunteering in Hospitals in Peru

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN HOSPITALS

If you are a university student of medicine, or any other speciality within this health branch, at Adventure Volunteer we encourage you to put into practice all your knowledge and skills in our health volunteering project or programme in Peru. An excellent opportunity to collaborate in different clinics or medical posts in the country and participate in community health activities that are carried out in communities in the region such as Cusco, through the programs of our association that we have within the volunteering in Peru.

In these medical and health projects, you will not only reinforce the knowledge, learning and diagnosis that you have acquired throughout your time as a student, but you will also have the opportunity to see the different methodologies applied to treatments for different conditions or common diseases, which will allow you to have another perspective of the most common health practices in developing countries such as health volunteering in Peru.

OBJECTIVES

  • To build the health and wellness in the developing communities of Cusco, Peru.

WHAT WILL I DO AS A HEALTH VOLUNTEER IN PERU?

The medical or hospital volunteering project does not limit you only to being in the medical centres or medical posts, as you will also be able to gain experience of the check-ups and follow-ups that are carried out in other Andean communities in Cusco. Of course, always under the supervision of a professional or medical coordinator of the project in that region.

Some of the tasks in which the health volunteer in Peru participates are the following:

  • Accompany and collaborate in the tasks together with a professional in your health speciality.
  • Provide basic medical care in the different regions in which you are working.
  • Participate in the planning and organisation of medical campaigns in the place of origin.
  • You will take part in information workshops on the prevention of communicable diseases.
  • You will carry out examinations and analyses for the clinical diagnosis of infectious diseases.

WHERE WILL I VOLUNTEER AS A HEALTH VOLUNTEER?

In health volunteering in Peru, the health volunteer and university student will participate in different areas of action depending on the hospital volunteering that he/she chooses or the health branch in which he/she is specialised.

Depending on this we will find two areas of work:

Schools: Where different actions of disease prevention, vaccination, home visits and the realization of different prevention workshops for children and parents will be carried out. Some of the health workshops range from nutrition, disease prevention and hygiene workshops to medical campaigns.

Community health in medical posts: In these medical centres that resemble an outpatient clinic, the medical volunteer will be involved in the following areas as long as he/she has sufficient skills to do so:

  • General Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Laboratory

WHAT ARE THE VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS IN HOSPITALS?

  • In order to be able to participate in health volunteering in Peru, the university student in question must meet the following requirements. In contrast to other volunteer programmes, the participant must have previous experience and solid knowledge of different health specialities. This ensures that the volunteer will be able to work and develop correctly in the workplace.
  • The candidate must be a student or professional in the field of health.
  • The minimum age for a volunteer placement is 18 years old and 21 years old for an internship.
  • The participant must adapt to the customs and culture of the place of origin.
  • Have an intermediate level of Spanish to guarantee the development of the programme.
  • To have a minimum time of participation in the volunteer programme of 4 weeks.
  • In addition, a letter of presentation or motivation is required in order to be able to participate.
  • The applicant will have to present a project and answer the following questions:
    • What is your specialty or the specialty you plan to pursue?
    • In which area would you like to volunteer or do your medical internship?
    • Where would you like to collaborate, in a hospital or health centre??

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE FOR HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN PERU?

During your participation in the health volunteer programme in Peru, you will stay in the volunteer house (rooms) in the historic centre of Cusco. In the volunteer accommodation the following is provided:

  • Bed in shared room with other volunteers
  • Common areas of the house available for volunteers
  • Laundry room for hand washing
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Hot water
  • WIFI