Hands-On Medical Volunteer Experience In Peru
Are you a medical student, doctor, nurse or other medical professional? Are you looking for opportunities to gain hands on medical experience? Or are you interested in sharing your medical experience with in impoverished communities? Then our Peru medical camp program is a perfect opportunity for you.
- Gain hands on medical experience in a stand alone medical camp in Peru
- Share your medical expertize and make a difference
- A life changing medical volunteer abroad experience starts at $350
- A highly rated program that has been trusted by thousands of volunteers since 2003
Peru is a dazzling and diverse country. It's home to the infamous Machu Picchu Inca ruins, half of the biggest lake in Latin America, Lake Titicaca, and to the mysterious Nazca lines. Its people are just as varied and interesting as the different parts of the country.
Despite its natural riches and multi-ethnic societies, Peru is a poor developing country. It is a country that struggles to look after those who live in the rural villages and communities. In Peru, there are millions of people who live in the rural villages and suffer from a variety of health issues, as well as from poverty and illiteracy. This unfortunate way of life mostly affects the children, women, and elderly people in the rural communities. Unfortunately, the government cannot afford to implement enough healthcare programs to aid these poor people.
This is hands on medical volunteering opportunity. Through this medical volunteering opportunity in Peru, you will have the opportunity to serve the local communities by using your education and medical skills and experience.
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About the Medical Camp in Peru
RCDP Volunteer's medical camp in Peru aim is to help these poor families and villages by providing basic medical and healthcare programs. The medical camp will be set up in rural areas surrounding Cusco to provide essential healthcare services to local people who are in great need.
As part of this medical volunteering abroad program in Peru, you will provide direct treatment and essential healthcare to the local patients who need it the most: elders, orphans, women, and disabled individuals. You will diagnose them, treat them, and provide the basic health education to them on many topics such as how to purify water to prevent water and fecal-borne diseases, cholera outburst, diarrhea, and stomach bugs.
A local doctor will run the camp and act as your local team leader. Your local team leader will supervise, guide, inform you about the local health issues, delegate tasks, allocate patients, advise you, and intervene in case of communication problems.
Please note that there may be occasions where mobile medical camps cannot be offered to remote villiages and communities. In these situations, volunteers seeking hands-on medical experiences will be placed in the hospital to work in collaboration with physicians.
Skills and Qualifications
Any medical professionals can join the Peru medical volunteering program from medical students to experienced health care professionals working in the medical field. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, gynecologists, dentists, paramedics, EMTs, physical therapists and nutritionists are welcome. If you work within the health care field and your specialty is not listed, you can still be part of this program too.
Your local team leader will be a local doctor
In Peru, RCDP Volunteer's medical camp will be led, supervised, and coordinated by an experienced local doctor. He or she will stay with you and your group throughout the program period to help you and to make sure that you are having a great volunteer experience in Peru.
Your team leader will give you advice, guidance, and supervision, as well as help you treat patients. Your team leader will be a knowledgeable, qualified, and experienced local doctor who will be your professional point of call during the project. At times, a team of local nurses and interpreters may work with the medical volunteer team.
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A Sample Itinerary (one week)
The daily activities or medical camp itinerary will vary depending upon the needs of the communities, interests of the group, goals of the camp, and other related factors. There is no fixed program or itinerary, as things change frequently. Below is just a sample itinerary of the program.
Day 1: Orientation and Q&A session about the medical camp
You Peru medical volunteer experience starts with a comprehensive orientation program in Cusco. You will meet your team leader on the first day. Your team leader will give you a detailed orientation about your Peru volunteer medical program. First, you will learn about the culture, history, geography, politics, demographics and contemporary issues of your host country.
After the introduction, your team leader will give you a detailed explanation of the medical camp and how it is run. You will learn about its goals, location, activities, patients, and the medical conditions that affect them the most. You will then be briefed on your responsibilities as a volunteer, health and safety procedures at the camp, the location of your accommodations, information about your meals and daily transportation, and lastly, what to do and what not to do.
Then, there will be a Q&A session at the end, to clarify any doubts and answer any questions you might still have. You will then go over the daily itinerary for the week. The orientation is essential. You will learn everything you need to know in order to best be able to to serve the local rural communities.
If there is time, you will visit the current location of the medical camp. You will see where you will be working for the first time. If all goes well, you will start volunteering from day one.
Day 2-5: Beginning of your experience as a medical volunteer in the medical camp
Your host family will serve breakfast at 7 am. Then, you will head to the medical camp to be there before 8 am.
8 – 9 am: Set up camp
When you arrive at the camp, the first thing you must do is help set up the medical camp in order to be ready to receive patients. The tasks will vary from cleaning the camp to setting up the registration desk and area for check-ups.
9 – 1 pm: Patient check-ups
At 9 am, when the medical camp doors open, the most important part of your medical volunteer starts: providing medical assistance to local patients. We anticipate that the locals will start arriving around 9am.
The following three to four hours you will be very busy with treatments and assisting the local people.
The local people will be suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, from simple health problems to ear, eyesight, skin illnesses to others that require a particular medical specialization.
Even though the purpose of the medical camp is to provide primary health care services, many people with specific health issues such as ear, eyesight, skin or other medical problem will come to the camp. This will give you a great opportunities to use your professional skills and expertise,
There will be a 30-minute break from 11 am to 11:30 am to rest and to refresh.
1 pm: Closing of the medical camp
At 1 pm, the medical camp will close for the day. After, you will head home, eat lunch, and rest. In the afternoon, you can discuss what will happen the following day and explore the quirky city of Cusco. There will be a local team available to help you at any time.
Day 6– 7: Off days
The medical camp runs on weekdays. During the weekend, you will have time off. You can get out of Cusco and explore villages in the Sacred Valley, trek up Machu Picchu, or visit one of the many cities and colorful Peruvian markets. There are endless options. For the last ten years, we have helped an uncountable number of volunteers to enjoy their time in their host country. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help. We can provide you with travel information or organize day trips. Just let us know what you need.
The same program repeats the next week.
Important Notice: The sample itinerary above is just to give you a general idea of how we run the medical camp. Prior to your departure, we will send you a final customized itinerary of your medical volunteer trip in Peru.
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Dates And Prices
RCDP Volunteer's medical camp starts on the first and third Monday of each month. However, if you have a small group of more than three volunteers who want to join the program, we can create a customized program to allow your group to start at any date that is more convenient for your group.
Important notice: You can join RCDP Volunteer's International medical camp individually or in a group. We need a minimum of 3 volunteers to run the camp. Therefore, we request that you invite others to make a small group. Or, if this is not possible, please apply at least 2 or 3 months in advance so we can inform you - at least a month in advance - in case we have to cancel the camp setup due to failing to meet the minimum number of volunteers required.
RCDP Volunteer offers the most affordable medical volunteer abroad programs. In comparison to our competition, our cost is extremely affordable. The fee covers your expenses (room, food, daily transportation, services of local team leaders and staffs) and also expenses related to camp (food, water, medicine).
The RCDP Volunteer's registration fee is $299.
One Week - $350
Two weeks - $500
What Does The Fee Cover?
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Food (3 local meals a day)
- Support & supervision from local doctors and team
What's Not Included?
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- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
- $100 donation to buy and distribute free medicines to local people - you can pay it locally.
Housing, Food, and Supervision
While working as a medical volunteer in Peru, you will either stay with a local host family or in a hostel. In Peru, we have been placing volunteers with a few selected host families for over a decade. Our host families are locally respected members of the community. Their houses are safe and comfortable homes with bathrooms, running water, "western" style toilets, and laundry facilities.. Your host family will cook you three delicious typical Peruvian meals every day.
RCDP Volunteer has been running its volunteer program in Peru since 2003. We have a very strong team of country coordinators and local staff. The RCDP Volunteer local team and your host family will work together to give you everything you need in order to make sure your medical volunteering trip in Peru will be a memorable experience. The team will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, and provide daily transportation and related logistical support. However, your team leader will be the most important point of call and support.
Travel and Extending Your Stay
Once you have finished your medical volunteering program in Peru, you can choose to stay longer in Peru, if you want. You can participate in different volunteering programs like teaching English or working with orphans or simply spend some time exploring the country. We will be happy to help you set up your extension.
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Where are the medical camps located?
The medical camp will take place in the villages surrounding Cusco, one of the many UNESCO Word Heritage Sites of Peru. The mobile medical camp relocates according to the needs of the poorest locals in the rural community. It may take place in schools, orphanages, clubs, or health centers.
Who will benefit from the camp?
The Peru medical volunteer program will help those who need primary health care the most and cannot afford it: the elders, women, and children in need. The health care services provided are free of charge and accessible to anyone who needs it in the rural villages.
How long will my medical volunteering experience last?
It depends on you and on your time, goals and availability. You can join the medical camp for one or two weeks.
What kind of tasks will I perform in the medical camp?
As part of your medical volunteer work in Peru, you will examine and treat locals in need and give them primary health care services. In some cases, you can use your specialized skills and experience to help the locals with complex conditions. There are many things you can do such as:
- Provide basic health care
- Provide first aid
- Administer medication
- Check patients and prescribe medication when needed
- Use your expertise and qualifications when situations arise
- Stitch and dress wounds
- Help patients with physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Record patient details and vital signs including height, weight, blood pressure, body temperature, etc
- Give immunizations
- Promote health education
- Help with personal hygiene
- Due to liability issues, we not allow any surgeries or similar procedures.
I am a specialized medical doctor or professional, how can I use my expertise?
The Peru volunteering medical program mostly aims to offer primary health care services. However, many patients with special health issue or medical conditions need advice, help, and treatment. You are welcome to use your specialized skill and expertise. However, due to liability issues, our own medical limitations, and inability to follow up, we ask all volunteers to avoid performing surgeries.
Do I need to take equipment and supplies to Peru?
We ask each volunteer, to bring medical supplies whenever possible. It helps us helping the locals.
If you can bring medicines or supplies, we will be happy to give you a list of what is urgently needed in the medical camp.
In case you can bring medicines or supplies, we will be happy to provide a list of what is needed the most.
What type of supplies should I take with me?
On our end, we buy medicine locally and give it away for free to those in need. You can bring any of the following items:
- Basic medicine for fever, cold and cough
- Latex gloves
- Insect repellent
- Items for basic personal hygiene