A doctor explains a diagnosis to a medical student in Argentina

Medical Volunteering in Argentina for College Students over Spring Break

Learn about medicine firsthand in a hospital with a group of volunteers from around the world

At a glance

  • Shadow an experienced doctor in a busy local hospital
  • Observe real-life medical procedures and methods of treatment
  • Get first hand experience in the field of international health and medicine
  • Make the most out of your Spring Break with relevant field work that builds character along with your Resume.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during spring break

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week

Requirements: 

Anyone aged 18 or over can join


Is a Medical Volunteer program in Argentina right for me?

Our medical volunteer experience for in Argentina is the perfect fit for you if:

  • You want an educational and productive holiday where you can immerse yourself in the medical world
  • You want to learn about medical practices in a different country, as well as the culture
  • You want to interact with qualified doctors and nurses, and ask questions
  • You want to improve your Spanish 

On a Spring Break Alternative experience, you’ll be exploring a new city and region of the world with a group of people who have the same wanderlust and interest in medicine as you. Our participants are always hungry for adventure, and curious about different world cultures! 

You’ll spend your time learning both important aspects of the medical world, Argentine culture, and local traditions. This experience will not only improve your medical and language skills but connect you with future friends and beef up your resume.

You don’t need to have any previous experience to join. The medical part of the trip is mainly observational, and our staff will guide you through your schedule. This project runs on fixed dates and has a set itinerary, which helps you make the most of your short time in Argentina.

Students learn from their supervisor on a medical project in Argentina

Shadow doctors in hospitals and healthcare facilities

You’ll spend your time in the hospital observing local doctors and nurses at work in various healthcare facilities. You may also have the chance to watch surgeries being performed. This is your chance to ask lots of questions, so be sure to have your notepad and pen at the ready!

The most effective way to improve your Spanish is to surround yourself with Spanish speakers. We encourage you to speak to people you meet and practice as much as possible with your host family. If you’re at a restaurant, try ordering Cordoba’s speciality dish, Salmorejo!

Participate in group outings that explore the city and culture 

With our local staff, you and your group will explore the best shopping locations, dance classes, and museums! You’ll also have the time to do some independent exploration and find your own favourite local spots.


Where will I work?

Cordoba

Our Alternative Spring Break in Argentina is based in Cordoba, a historic city with plenty to explore. You’ll live here with a local host family. 

Cordoba is the second-largest city in Cordoba and is located in Central Argentina. Cordoba was once under the Spanish colonial rule, and many of its historical monuments reflect that. The Jesuit Block of the city has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With a history that dates back to 1573, there are plenty of historical locations for you and your group to explore. 

Our in-country staff will be with you every step of the way as you get to know your surroundings. As soon as you get off your plane to Cordoba, until you are escorted to your departure flight, our staff will make sure that you can safely navigate the ins and outs of this historic city.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

Volunteers on this project arrive at Córdoba International Airport (COR). A Projects Abroad staff member will be waiting to greet you when you arrive. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Argentina Arrival Procedures page.


What is the goal of Medical volunteering in Argentina?

The goal of our Alternative Spring Break Medical project is to give you an immersive learning experience and show you what the day-to-day life of a doctor is really like. We also aim to give you realistic information that will help you make the right choice in your future career: you’ll gain familiarity with different specialties and medical environments while helping to bring modern medicine to communities that have been underserved. One week is a short period of time and we have loads of activities planned so you’ll get the most out of your experience.


Management plans

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.


Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Córdoba. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Argentina and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.


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.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.


Congrats! Applications received this month qualify for our exciting new Early Bird Special with five extra benefits.
*Travel Grant will be applied to your total program fees after we receive your application
*Early Bird Special not applicable with Alternative Spring Break projects and cannot be combined with other offers

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