Volunteer Nursing Projects in Peru
Volunteering on a Nursing project in Peru is a really worthwhile experience. You will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside skilled medical professionals. The facilities are generally of a basic standard, although the huge disparity between rich and poor means that there are also a number of well-equipped private hospitals in the country. Our Nursing programme in Peru is based in the city of Cuzco, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Your role will be mainly observational. You will shadow doctors and other medical staff throughout their day. Nursing volunteers can work in one of several hospitals in the city, and volunteers are allocated to a particular hospital depending on their experience and preferences.
- Placement location: Cusco
- Role: To work alongside local nursing staff and doctors and learn from their expertise and knowledge
- Type of placements: Hospitals and health clinics
- Requirements: Volunteers must speak Spanish to an intermediate level
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteers who are part way through their training often work at Es Salud hospital, which is the biggest hospital in Cuzco. This hospital is modern and well equipped and volunteers can work in a variety of departments with specialist medical professionals. We also work with the second biggest regional hospital in the Cuzco area and with a specialist hospital for anyone focusing on obstetrics and gynaecology.
Other Options for Nursing in Peru
Volunteers with less experience will usually work closely with nursing staff at one of several health clinics. Here the staff have more time to explain the illnesses and treatments than the staff at the bigger hospitals. The main areas here are general medicine, gynaecology and paediatrics.
Volunteer nurses can also work at a children’s rehabilitation hospital. The hospital is run by a priest and they look after many children with special needs. Volunteers here help to feed and play with the children as well as helping with general medical care.
Our Medical Supervisor has many years of experience in the social health sector in Cuzco and provides regular group meetings with all nursing volunteers. This allows you the opportunity to ask questions, reflect on the work you have been doing and learn about different topics related to the medical field in Peru. Volunteers who are enthusiastic and have a pro-active approach will get a great deal out of the programme.
Volunteers on the nursing placements usually work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. Daily hours vary from place to place, and will be decided during your first meeting with your placement supervisor.
Requirements for Volunteering in Peru
For all Medical related placements in Peru, you need at least intermediate Spanish. You must also be able to commit to a minimum of four weeks on the project.
You will stay with one of our local host families while you volunteer on your nursing project in Peru. This will give you the opportunity to really hone your Spanish speaking skills. You will also be part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community who you can spend your free time with exploring the region.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Peru.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Peru Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.