At a glance
- Practice medicine in Argentina and start your medical career at a hospital learning directly from nurses and doctors.
- You will be rotating departments and will be attending rounds, so you can get a true experience of what diseases and conditions look like, which you only have seen on television or in textbooks.
- You will be living in Cordoba, a beautiful city near rivers, lakes and valleys, so many great places to sit and study.
16 or over
You need to speak intermediate Spanish
What will I do on this project?
While getting medical work experience in Argentina, you’ll work in a hospital and also spend time in smaller community clinics. Here is what you can expect to do during your internship:
- Shadow and learn directly from doctors and nurses
- Attend medical lectures and workshops
- Provide basic healthcare services and raise awareness during outreaches
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Observe doctors and nurses on their rounds
You’ll accompany doctors and nurses on their rounds at the hospital. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from experienced medical professionals. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes about what you see.This will help you learn as much as possible about diseases and how doctors diagnose and treat them. You’re also likely to observe diseases and conditions you won’t find at home.
Attend medical lectures and workshops
Medical workshops and lectures are run once a week at the Projects Abroad office by our medical coordinator or by a guest speaker. They will introduce you to the healthcare system in Argentina. They’ll also talk about common healthcare issues present within the country, such as diabetes, dengue fever, etc.
These lectures can include a visit to the Anatomy Museum followed by a human dissection, run by local medical students. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local research center to learn about a local disease native to Argentina called ‘Chagas’.
Participate in community outreaches
During your internship, you’ll get involved in medical outreach work in rural communities. These outreaches involve conducting basic health checks, administering medication, and treating minor wounds. Your work here is important, as many rural communities lack access to basic medical services. You’ll be supervised by qualified medical professionals every step of the way.
Where will I work in Argentina?
Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina, and is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful places. It’s surrounded by the Sierra region’s rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and quaint mountain villages.
The city is also home to world-class medical institutions. Healthcare here is generally considered to be of the highest standard throughout Latin America, and this is no different in Cordoba. Here, the clinics are excellent and the medical staff are well trained. However, elsewhere in the country, healthcare standards can vary greatly.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
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.
Meet the team in Argentina
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