Clinics and hospitals for low income families in Cusco tend to be underfunded and understaffed. As a result, medical volunteers play an important role in assisting local nurses and doctors in a range of specialist departments, while also learning about the healthcare system in Cusco.
This is an excellent project for those who want to specialise in a certain medical field. You’re able to state a preference for the department you’d like to volunteer in; including pediatrics, pharmacy, psychology, geriatrics, triage or dentistry. While your preference will be a strong factor in allocating your placement, it does not guarantee it.
Volunteers can assist in a range of tasks depending on your prior experience. Pre-medical and lesser experienced students are able to assist local staff in routine jobs, while students in your third year of study or above, or qualified medical professionals are able to help with more hands-on tasks. It’s important you have realistic expectations with regard to the activities you’ll be doing.
Please note, at a minimum, volunteers need to be training and have clinical experience in a medical setting. You need to bring evidence of your education with you to Cusco. Your ability to speak Spanish will also be a factor in your placement. Basic Spanish is recommended but a higher level is preferred, and those with better Spanish are more likely to have more hands-on roles.
The Medical project has an extra cost of US$75 (approximately AU$103) per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now