What will I do on this project?
We have put together an itinerary filled with medical observation and outreach work, along with exciting social and weekend activities. These are some of the main activities you’ll take part in:
- Shadow and observe doctors and nurses in a medical facility
- Take part in medical outreaches to provide healthcare to those in need
- Attend medical workshops to learn more about healthcare in Peru
- Experience Peruvian culture and visit some amazing places
Your project activities will mainly focus on the following:
Shadow and observe doctors and nurses in a medical facility
Your role at the hospital or clinic is strictly observational. You’ll focus on learning by shadowing doctors and nurses on their rounds at a medical facility. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss different patient’s cases. Your time will be spent in various wards, including the emergency unit. You’ll even get to observe surgeries.
Attend medical workshops to learn more about healthcare in Peru
You’ll attend workshops to build your knowledge of healthcare in Peru. Workshops focus on themes like:
- Common diseases in Peru
- First aid
- Traditional medicine
- Nutritional cooking
If you join us for four-weeks, we have organised one or two Spanish lessons per week for you to learn key phrases relating to medicine.
Take part in medical outreaches to provide healthcare to those in need
Many communities in Peru do not have access to basic healthcare services. We want to bring healthcare to these communities, and we do this through regular outreaches. You’ll join these outreaches, and do basic health checks.
You’ll also raise awareness around important health issues with those you visit. In addition, you can promote the importance of good nutrition, and educate people during fluoride campaigns. The outreaches will be at places like an elderly home or in rural communities around Cusco.
Experience Peruvian culture and visit some amazing places
Peru is a fascinating country, rich in culture and heritage. We’ll make sure that you absorb a lot of of it during your trip!
In the evenings, we’ll organise events like salsa dance classes and visits to local restaurants and museums. Over the weekend, you’ll visit Machu Picchu, and bathe in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. There will be plenty of time to buy all souvenirs, and shop till you drop at colourful markets. All your activities will be supervised by our staff in Peru.
Where will I work in Peru?
You'll be based in the bustling city of Cusco. Cusco was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire. You'll see countless reminders of this as you walk through the city today.
You’ll work in busy hospitals and medical clinics, and do outreach work in disadvantaged communities.
Peru has huge problems with infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease. This means that there will be plenty of practical cases for you to observe and learn from.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Peru
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