Join us for a Nursing internship in Peru and start your journey toward a nursing career. You will work in a public hospital, learning directly from nurses as they do their rounds. Seize the opportunity to add work experience to your CV and expand your medical knowledge.
At the hospital, you can spend time in different departments. You’ll see medical procedures as they happen, like wound cleaning, stitches, injections, and more. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to make the most of your internship.
You will also get practical experience by doing basic health checks during one of our community outreaches. This work is supervised by medical staff, and we’ll teach you the everything you need to know.
You will work in the city of Cusco, where the ancient Inca Empire once ruled from, and live with a host family. Take the time to explore and experience day-to-day life in Peru.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You need to speak intermediate Spanish.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Professional Volunteers and Medical Electives for Students
This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare elective students.
As a professional, you can be sure we will match your training and expertise to the placement where you are needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.
If you are an elective student, we will organise an elective placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.
What will you do on the Nursing Internship in Peru?
On this internship you will observe nurses as they go about their day. You can choose between a public hospital, healthcare centre, children’s rehabilitation centre, or private health clinic. During your observation, you will see fascinating procedures as they happen and learn about different diseases and conditions. These are some of the activities you can do:
- Shadow doctors and nurses doing their daily rounds
- Spend time observing in a variety of hospital departments for a diverse learning experience
- Sit in during consulations between doctors and patients
- Assist in outreaches that provide basic healthcare services
Your work will be split in four main areas:
Shadow doctors and nurses
You will observe how doctors and nurses do their work in a clinical setting. By following medical staff on their rounds, you will see medical procedures as they happen, like stitching, and learn about common diseases in Peru. Ask questions, take notes, and absorb the knowledge of highly experienced practitioners.
Spend time in a variety of hospital departments
We encourage you to learn as much as possible by spending time in different hospital departments. This is a great way of finding out which speciality you are most interested in. The longer your internship, the more time you will get to spend in different departments.
Sit in during consulations between doctors and patients
Sitting in on consultations is a great way to get an idea of how doctors and nurses interact with, diagnose, and treat patients. You are bound to learn a lot of common diseases and how to identify their symptoms during this time.
Outreaches to provide basic healthcare services
In Peru, many disadvantaged and rural areas have very little access to healthcare services. To help provide these services, we organise medical outreaches twice a month. All of our medical interns participate, and you will help by doing basic health checks. You’ll also raise awareness of common diseases in Peru and how to prevent them.
Where you work during the Nursing Internship in Peru
You'll be based in the city of Cusco and work in one of four placements. Choose between a public hospital, healthcare centre, children’s rehabilitation centre, or private health clinic. Peru has huge problems with infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure. This means that there will be plenty of practical cases for you to observe and learn from.
The city was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and you'll see countless reminders of this as you walk through it today.
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.
Meet the team in Peru
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