At a glance
Join our Midwifery internship in Peru and gain international experience working in maternity wards. You’ll learn by shadowing highly skilled midwives and doctors in a large hospital or health centre. This will give you a deeper insight into the challenges women giving birth face in developing countries. It will give your CV an extra edge, which could help your future career.
There’s a lot to see and learn about in the maternity unit. You’ll observe prenatal consultancies, births, caesarean sections, and post-natal care. Doctors and midwives will explain how different conditions are diagnosed and treated, and we encourage you to ask questions and take notes.
You’ll live and work in Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stay with a local host family. At weekends you can make the most of your internship and use your free time to explore places like Machu Picchu.
18 or over
You need to speak intermediate Spanish.
What will I do on this internship?
You’ll work at a hospital or health centre, and spend most of your observing and learning. These are some of the main activities you will focus on for your internship:
- Observe professional midwives at work in a hospital or health centre
- Shadow medical staff during pre-natal consultancies and post-natal care
- Provide basic healthcare and info to underprivileged communities on outreaches
Your internship work will focus on these main areas:
Observe professional midwives at work in a hospital or health centre
Your role on this internship is observational. You’ll witness how midwives deliver babies naturally and with doctors via caesarean sections. If you have the relevant training and experience, you can also assist during births.
You could also have a bigger role in providing care and support to women in labour. This is only with the permission of the supervising midwife or doctor.
Shadow medical staff during pre-natal consultancies and post-natal care
You can observe doctors and midwives during their consultations with pregnant women. There is a lot to learn about effective communication when assessing and treating these patients. You can also play an important role in providing support and care to woman after birth. Local staff could ask you to assist with their postnatal treatments. You could also help provide important information and advice to new mothers on how to care for their babies.
Provide basic healthcare and info to underprivileged communities on outreaches
Outreach work takes place separately from your normal hospital work. We arrange outreaches twice a month. You’ll visit underprivileged communities with a supervisor. During outreaches, you’ll do basic health checks and share educational information. You’ll also raise awareness of disease and preventative measures, so the communities you visit can work on preventing the spread of disease. Outreach work will give you invaluable midwifery work experience in Peru.
Where will I work in Peru?
You'll be based in Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cusco was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire. You'll see countless reminders of this as you walk through the city today. Cusco is found near the Urubamba Valley, defined by lush green landscapes of the Andes Mountain Range where llamas roam freely.
You’ll work at busy hospitals and health centres. You’ll spend a lot of your time in maternity wards at these facilities, where you’ll observe midwives and doctors. The maternity units at these placements are generally well-equipped, and the local staff are highly skilled.
At some placements there are large numbers of patients. Many of them are from underprivileged communities. Here, there will always be something to see and do.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
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.
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 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.
Meet the team in Peru
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