Female medical intern in Peru getting laboratory experience while on her medical placement.

Medical Internship in Peru

Observe and learn from local doctors at healthcare facilities in Peru and get international work experience

Put on your white coat and join our medical internship in Peru. You’ll learn from professional doctors and nurses at a hospital, health centre, private clinic, or children’s rehabilitation centre . This is a great way to add medical work experience to your CV and get an insight into a developing country’s healthcare practices.

This is a learning experience that goes beyond textbooks and lectures. Doctors will walk you through their diagnoses, and talk about the methods they use to treat their patients as you shadow them on their rounds.


You’ll also get practical experience conducting health checks and delivering educational talks in local communities during our medical outreach days. Rates of infectious diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis are high in Peru. Lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure are also on the rise. Our goal is to raise awareness about these diseases and talk about ways to prevent them.


You’ll work in Cusco, a city with a fascinating history stretching back to the Inca civilisation. Here, you’ll live with a local host family and experience authentic day-to-day Peruvian life and the culture.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Four Weeks

Placement Location:

Cusco (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 18 can join
You need to speak intermediate Spanish.

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • 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

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a medical internship in Peru right for me?

Considering a career in medicine? Interested in gaining clinical experience before or during your medical studies? This international medical internship in Peru is the right move for you.


Overseas medical experience will set your CV apart for all your future applications. Whether you’re a high school student preparing for university, or planning ahead for job applications, this internship will give your CV that extra edge. 


The internship runs for a minimum of four weeks, but you can choose to intern for longer to accumulate as many hours of work experience as you would like.


Please note that you must speak an intermediate level of Spanish to join this internship, as not all doctors and supervisors are fluent in English.

A female Projects Abroad intern explians an eye test to a local child whilst on her medical internship in Peru.

Professional Volunteers and Medical Electives for Students

This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.


As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.


If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.


Read more about volunteering as a professional or taking a healthcare elective as a student.  

What will I do during this medical internship in Peru?

We have a number of medical placements in Peru for you to intern at. You can work in hospitals, healthcare centres, children’s rehabilitation centres, or private health clinics. The exact work you do will depend on where you're placed, but here are the kind of things you could get up to:


  • Observe doctors during their work in hospital, consulting, treating, and more
  • Rotate between departments like general medicine, gynecology & pharmacy
  • Provide basic healthcare and info to underprivileged communities on outreaches
  • Treat children with special needs under the guidance of professionals

Your work will be split in three main areas:


Observation


Shadow doctors, nurses, and other medical staff during their day-to-day activities. Listen and learn as doctors diagnose patients and observe the way they treat them. You’ll also see nurses cleaning wounds, doing stitching, and giving injections.


Rotating between hospital departments


We give you the opportunity to watch procedures within a number of departments. Broaden your knowledge by spending time in departments like general medicine, gynaecology, obstetrics, and pharmacy. If you work at the children’s rehabilitation centre, you will gain experience in paediatric treatment as well.


Outreach work


Outreach work takes place separately from your normal hospital work. You’ll visit underprivileged communities with a supervisor, to provide basic healthcare and educational information to those who cannot access these services otherwise. You’ll raise awareness of disease and preventative measures, so the communities you visit can lead healthier lives.

Types of placements on the Medical Internship in Peru

During your medical internship in Peru, you can get experience in various hospital departments. The longer you stay, the more departments you see. This is a great way to explore specialisations and decide which one you want to pursue in your medical career. 


You can choose to spend time in these departments:


  • Nursing
  • General Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmacy
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Laboratory
  • Dentistry


If you’re interested in a specific department, please feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.

Locals are seen queueing outside a local surgery waiting to see Projects abroad interns on theri medical internship in Peru.

Where you will work on the Medical Internship in Peru?

Cusco

You'll be based in the bustling city of Cusco. This was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and you'll see countless reminders of this as you walk through the city today.


In Cusco you'll find busy hospitals and medical clinics. Peru has huge problems with both infectious and non-communicable diseases. This means that there will be plenty of practical cases for you to observe and learn from.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

What your typical day will be like

A typical day in Peru will start with you travelling to work bright and early. Once there, your role will be mainly observational, so you will spend the majority of your time watching skilled doctors and medical staff at work.


See how staff clean wounds, put in stitches, give injections, treat children at the rehabilitation centre, and many other practical tasks. Doctors will happily share their knowledge and advice, and welcome any questions you might have.


Work hours vary depending on where you are placed. At the hospital and healthcare centre, mornings are generally busier than afternoons. Your afternoons are therefore likely to be spent doing more administrative tasks and helping with bedside care.


At the private clinic, you will arrive at 8am, accompany doctors while they visit patients from 8:30am-11:00am, and then help doctors and nurses with patient care from 11:00am-1:00pm.


You will have less contact with doctors if you work at the children’s rehabilitation centre. If you choose this medical internship placement, you will spend afternoons at various child care facilities around the city to assist with educational and developmental work.


During your weekends you can explore the amazing city of Cusco, or venture out into the surrounding landscapes to marvel at the natural beauty, observing llamas in their natural habitat.

A male intern from Projects Abroad is seen assisting a local doctor in an emergency ward during his medical internship in Peru.

What are the aims and impact of the medical internship in Peru?

Peru currently suffers from a double burden of disease: infectious disease remains rife in poorer communities, with respiratory diseases still being one of the leading causes of death in Peru. That being said, non-communicable diseases are also on the rise and malnutrition amongst babies and children remains a serious issue.


Through our outreach programme, we aim to provide basic healthcare to some of these vulnerable groups as well as raise awareness about some of the more pressing health issues facing the country.


We have committed to four goals, as outlined in our Medical Management Plan:


  • Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
  • Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients
  • Improve access to basic healthcare to disadvantaged groups
  • Improve hygiene standards


Gain medical work experience in Peru while helping us achieve these long-term goals.

A Projects Abroad intern is seen smiling with the local doctor who she worked with during her medical internship in Peru.

Management Plans

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

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Cusco. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Peru is a vibrant country with a mix of activities for every kind of volunteer. Whether you’re into arts, culture, history, or nature, there’s sure to be something for you!

One of the biggest attractions of Peru is the Inca and Mayan history. There are awe-inspiring archaeological sites like Coricancha, Tambomachay, and of course, Machu Picchu.

Over a weekend, you can take a trip to the village of Pisac, where you can browse bright, eye-catching textile markets. Don’t miss out on seeing the llamas and alpacas too!

There are also lively restaurants, the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing and enjoying local cuisine, like ceviche.

We run a variety of projects in Peru so you’ll likely meet many other volunteers on your trip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and travel as a group. However, you’re welcome to travel independently if you prefer. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. 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.

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