Get a headstart with your medical career by taking part in this exciting medical internship in Peru for teenagers. You’ll shadow experienced doctors and nurses on their rounds in hospitals and clinics. This will give you a deeper insight into healthcare practices in a developing country, which could help your future career.
Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll give back through outreaches. You’ll work in disadvantaged communities, and do health checks and raise awareness about diseases. This kind of work will help demonstrate your commitment to medicine and assisting people in need.
This High School Special is designed specifically for teenagers, and you’ll stay with a host family in Cusco. You’ll join a group your age, and work, socialise, and explore together. Projects Abroad staff are there to provide constant support and guidance. Get ready to explore amazing places like Machu Picchu, and eat plenty of delicious Peruvian food!
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
Doctors and local people were kind enough to talk to us about diseases, practice CPR with us, teach us how to suture and discuss overall health in Peru with us. Every day, I looked forward to getting involved.
Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
Meet the team in Peru
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