Volunteer In A Medical Clinic In Peru

Volunteer In A Medical Clinic In Peru

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Here is a great hands-on opportunity to work toward improving health care in Lima or Cusco when you volunteer in a medical clinic in Peru with GeoVisions. As a medical volunteer, you will work directly with local Peruvians who may have little access to health care. There is ample opportunity to work with locals of various age groups to bring adequate health care intervention and prevention to the people these clinics serve.

As a medical volunteer, you will learn about the Peruvian health care system while assisting in various medical areas, based on your knowledge, training, experience and availability. Be a part of the facilitation and running of daily programs for patients. Placements are individualized for participants in all aspects of health care.

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Many volunteers not only have the time to visit Machu Picchu, and organize tours around Peru, they have time to meet up with like-minded volunteers from all over the world.  Before or after your project is complete, it is easy to take in some of the neighboring countries of Peru while you’re there.

  • Your main responsibilities will be an integral part of a dedicated team providing primary care and health information to patients and families during regular medical center hours, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 1 PM.  All of the centers where we send medical volunteers see approximately 30 patients per day.  So if you’re up to the challenge, this program is definitely for you.

  • Learn or develop new medical skills in an atmosphere of learning before you embark on your professional career.  Become a part of the professional community sooner rather than later and meet people globally in your chosen career path.  You may be able to boost your career options by showing motivation and achievement early in your training and send the right signals to a future employer.

  • Absolutely! There is no problem placing you in a clinic together, and it is possible that your host families will be near each other. There are times we can also place two people with one host family.
  • A minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 3 months. It is possible to extend your tourist visa up to 20-weeks if you need to stay longer than 30-days. Talk to us about how to do that and fees.
  • Volunteering on this project for 2-weeks is $1,945. 1-month costs $2,495. The 2 month cost is $2,945 and $3,715 for 3 months.
  • The program fee above includes your placement, a private room with a local host family and 2 meals per day with your host family Monday through Saturday.  In Peru it is customary for families to take Sundays and relax, visit a park or family.  Because of that, meals on Sunday are on your own.  You are welcome to cook at your host family residence, or also take Sunday to be a tourist for a day and see the sites and experience some of the most incredible food in South America.


This program provides the opportunity to not only visit one of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the world, but to make a difference in the lives of its people. Peru is a nation with a rich history, from the ancient civilizations whose ruins still remain to the growing modern society it is today. This is a chance to work at a medical center, treating members of the community and helping to improve the welfare and healthcare in the capital city of Lima or you can choose Cusco, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. Whether you aspire to a career in medicine, or simply want to make an impact on people’s lives, this is a wonderful program.

The centers focus on non-specific care to all members of the community, and volunteers will get hands on experience working with the nurses and the doctors of the centers. Participants may also go out into the community and teach important information regarding the prevention certain diseases and giving care to those who cannot come into the Center. Once volunteers are comfortable in their surroundings, they will also have the opportunity to present a proposal for a workshop or work to be during your program.



Project Length: Minimum of 2-weeks and a maximum of 20-weeks.
Arrival Airport: Cusco Airport.
Volunteers: We can have up to 3 medical volunteers at this clinic at a time.
Age: 18-70
Training: Transfers between your host family and the clinic is provided for the first 2-days while you get adjusted and receive your training.

The healthcare system in Peru is one of the most under funded in South America. Lack of resources and funds, poor management of resources, and a lack of medical attention in remote parts of the country make healthcare a challenge. This center serves approximately 300 patients a day. Volunteers can help in the pharmacy, laboratory, emergency room, and in obstetrics. If volunteers have a specialty in one area, we can coordinate that specialty.

An intermediate skill in speaking Spanish is also very important.
 Sometimes volunteers will go out to the community to visit patients in their houses. 
If you have the desire and time you can present a proposal for a workshop during your project.  Some examples might be teach English to the medical staff, give a speech on new technological developments.

On weekends, other volunteers have visited these sites:

The city of Cusco: Main Square, The Cathedral, Saint Dominic Convent, San Blas (quarter and church), Archbishop Palace and the 12-angle stone.
Sacsayhuamán Archeological Complex: The Fortress, Qenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: The valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
Machu Picchu: Stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Incan Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.




Project Length: Minimum of 2-weeks and a maximum of 20-weeks.
Arrival Airport: Lima International Airport.
Volunteers: We can have up to 2 medical volunteers at either clinic at a time.
Age: 18-70
Training: Transfers between your host family and the clinic is provided for the first 2-days while you get adjusted and receive your training.

The healthcare system in Peru is one of the most under funded in South America. Lack of resources and funds, poor management of resources, and a lack of medical attention in remote parts of the country make healthcare a challenge. This center serves approximately 40 patients a day. Volunteers can help in the pharmacy, laboratory, nursery, dental, nutrition, and in obstetrics. Volunteers may attend childbirth, but may not assist.  If volunteers have a specialty in one area, we can coordinate that specialty.

An intermediate skill in speaking Spanish is also very important.
 Sometimes volunteers will go out to the community to visit patients in their houses. 
If you have the desire and time you can present a proposal for a workshop during your project.  Some examples might be teach English to the medical staff, give a speech on new technological developments.

On weekends, other volunteers have visited these sites:

Lima Downtown: Main Square, Cathedral of Lima, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Park of the Wall, China Town.
National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru: Peru’s oldest state museum. On display is a wide range of perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles, metals, and organic materials.
Fort Real Felipe: located in Callao, its military architectural style is one of a kind, dating back to 1776. Pentagonal in shape, it is a masterpiece of stone and brick.
Caral: North of Lima is the arid Supe Valley whose winds sweep over the site of the Caral archeological complex. Tests performed by researchers working there have discovered that the city is 5,000 years old, making it a peer of such great civilizations as Egypt, China and Mesopotamia. The architectural complexity of its pyramids, where archeologists have uncovered important artifacts such as musical instruments, speak of the high degree of scientific and cultural development of its people.
Pachacamac:  Also south of Lima, located in the Lurín River Valley, this mud city was, according to the mythology of the ancient peoples of Peru, home of the creator god, Pachacámac (“he who moves the world”) and site of the most important and respected oracle in the Andean world. Archeologists estimate that the site was inhabited as early as 200 A.D. and have called it one of the principal ceremonial centers in the pre-Hispanic Americas. 


Volunteer Activities May Include:

  • Provide care to all members of the community.
  • Assist doctors and nurses.
  • Teach locals about disease prevention.
  • Administer care to those unable to come to the center.
  • Teach English to Center’s staff members.
  • Teach first aid to the community.
  • Present a workshop to be taught in the Center.

What You Get For Your Program Fee:

  • Personalized Volunteer Placement in Peru, including all the coordination, in-person visits and communication necessary with the local organization.
  • A comfortable, safe place to live in Peru, the basic amenities, 2 meals per day with a host family, and transportation from the airport to your placements and program.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager (and former volunteer with GeoVisions) who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Peru.
  • Transfer from the airport to your host family.
  • Transfers to the medical clinic the first two-days of your project.
  • In-country basic language assistance and (optional) language classes (at your own expense.)
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Extensive medical and accident insurance.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • Country-based airport transportation.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.

  • This program operates year round. Arrive any Thursday for the two clinics in Lima or arrive any Friday for the medical clinic in Cusco.

  • Monday through Friday, approx. 8 am – 1 pm.

  • Orientation is held at each clinic and transport from your host family to the clinic is provided the first two-days of your project.

  • Intermediate level of Spanish is recommended.

  • Spanish lessons are available at additional cost.

  • 18 to 70 years of age.

  • Lima or Cusco.  Depending on availability of positions, you can choose your location.

  • Not included.

  • There are no costs for visas unless you plan to extend your stay past 90-days.  You then have to leave Peru for a day and then return and the cost to extend your visa is not included.

  • Your health and safety during your GeoVisions program is of critical importance to the success of the program. Access to appropriate, immediate and excellent health care keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.

    Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.

    Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy, which we have obtained from Travel Guard. However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.

    Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.

  • Transfer from the airport to your host family is included in your project fee.

  • Not included.

  • This project includes a homestay, and so you will have a private bedroom with a Peruvian host family.

  • 2 meals per day (Monday through Saturday) with your host family is included in the project fee. If you travel on the weekends though, you are responsible for your own meals. Be mindful that meals with your host family on Sunday are not included. This give the host family the chance to relax on Sunday (many times their only day off) and visit family and do some family activities before beginning their busy week on Monday.