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Health or Medical Project in Peru

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  • Location: Cusco
  • Start point: Cusco
  • End Point: Cusco
  • Duration: 1-12 weeks
  • Hours: 20 hours per week
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Meal: Local food (3 times a day)
  • Date: Second and Fourth Monday of each month
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Gain medical experience in a fascinating country with diverse and lively culture and work with local doctors to treat Peruvians.
While there is a decent healthcare in Peru, there is also a need to advance the quality as well as reach those in need. Many in Peru do not receive proper healthcare due to poverty or living in a rural area. Some simply just do not have access to proper medical treatment. Volunteering with the Medical Project in Peru is a chance to help many of those in need of medical attention.

RCDP works with local clinics and hospitals to concentrate on the fields of general medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, dental, family medicine, psychology, counseling, social work, physical, occupational rehabilitation, rehabilitation for children, and others. RCDP also works with a mobile hospital that goes into rural areas and provides healthcare support. As a volunteer you will be working in these setting and becoming part of the team.

For those who are interested in the healthcare field or already practicing medicine, this project is in great need of your interests and talents. You will have the opportunity to help poverty stricken patients, and learn about the complexities of healthcare in a developing nation. Your support in this program could change people’s lives.


You can be placed in this program even if you do not have a medical background. You will, however, only observe and help out in other ways than direct medical care. For those that are qualified to provide treatment, you must furnish a document stating you are either a medical professional or a medical student. Basic Spanish also mandatory to volunteer in the healthcare program in Peru. All volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient, adaptive and have passion and enthusiasm to serve the poor.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

Your actual responsibility during the healthcare project in Peru will depend on your skill and experience. Among general things, you might do are assist in consulting room, dispensary and help with physiotherapy, treatment of minor injuries, maternal help and childcare, assisting midwives on visits, and checking and recording patient's information.
Your work will might include:

  • Measuring BP, temperature, height, weight
  • Assisting doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks
  • Helping in health camps (if any)
  • Dispensing medications
  • Immunizations
  • Treating minor injuries or wounds
  • OPD or out-patient services
  • Providing tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation
  • Counseling patients
  • Assisting hospital’s administration

Project Location

The medical project in Peru is project is located in the city of Cusco. The city of Cusco is the urban cultural hub of Peru. There are many activities to pursue both in the city and also nearby attractions where you can travel. Cusco is host to many historical buildings, squares, and churches. There are many museums and parks you can explore, as well as nightlife.

The world famous Machu Picchu is a destination for many to experience. The marvelous scenery and history of this place meets its reputation. As a volunteer, you too will have the opportunity to do so. You don’t need to worry about having an entire week to visit Machu Picchu. There are many options for traveling there. Whether by trains or trekking you will have an opportunity to see one of the most breathtaking views on the globe.

Peru is full of a wide variety of wildlife and nature. From the beaches, the Amazon, and upward to the Andes the contrasts between landscapes is quite profound. The nation is full of destinations for everyone. You can hike, paddle, swim, zip-line, bird-watch, scuba dive, or simply enjoy the anthropological culture of Peru. Peruvians are easy going and like to host festivals throughout the year. There are markets where you can buy locally make products or sample local dishes. With the mix of the beautiful people and the beautiful nature, Peru makes itself a top destination in the world.