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Medical Outreach Volunteer Program in Peru - Lima

Medical Outreach Volunteer Program in Peru - Lima

Inspired to be a medical volunteer in Peru - Lima? International Volunteer HQ’s Medical Outreach project empowers volunteers to assist with regular medical campaigns that aim to widen the reach of public health in Lima. Volunteers will gain hands-on medical experience while learning about healthcare systems in vulnerable communities and bringing vital services to people who would otherwise struggle to access quality care.

Highlights:
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from AU$507 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Visit low-income communities, taking healthcare to schools and markets

  • Discover Peru’s amazing landscapes and ancient history

  • Stay with volunteers or a local family near the coast in Lima

Key information

Improve access to quality healthcare
Work with health promotion campaigns
Volunteer house or homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+
Fully hosted experience from AU$507 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Spanish language lessons available
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Qualified professionals and volunteers at all levels of medical or nursing study. You’ll need an intermediate level of Spanish, as well as a basic knowledge of preventative healthcare and experience with basic medical tasks like taking blood pressure and testing glucose levels.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Many people in Peru struggle to access healthcare and other basic services. However, regular medical campaigns aim to widen the reach of public health in Lima, and volunteers play an important role in making that happen.

As a Medical Outreach volunteer you can help local schools with children’s health evaluations, health prevention talks, basic preventive checkups in local markets and supporting local government health campaigns. Some of these are provided by mobile services so you will move around to different neighbourhoods and see different parts of Lima. You can expect to carry out tasks such as taking:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose levels
  • Weight
  • Height
  • BMI
  • General checkups
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good mental and physical health is key to sustainable development and building healthy and happy communities. Now more than ever, we must increase access to free healthcare and health education across the globe to achieve an acceptable standard of living and wellbeing for all.

Why do Medical Outreach volunteering in Lima with IVHQ?

As a medical volunteer in Peru - Lima you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to healthcare for vulnerable communities
  • Increasing health literacy in Lima
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining medical experience
  • Immersing yourself in Peruvian culture
  • Exploring the stunning mountains and ancient ruins of Peru

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers who want to join the Medical Outreach project in Lima need to be either qualified professionals or students at any level of medical or nursing study.
  • You’ll need an intermediate level of Spanish, as well as a basic knowledge of preventative healthcare and experience with basic medical tasks like taking blood pressure and testing glucose levels.
  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program.
  • All volunteers are required to speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Karen Cavazos
19 Jan 2024

I feel like I gained a new perspective and it made me have a new profound love for being a nursing student. I loved helping others while volunteering and I would definitely do it again. If someone is hesitant about joining this program I would tell them to look at it as a new adventure and it is definitely worth everything. I met so many new people and got to see so many cool things.

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David Joseph Dillard
16 Jun 2023

Realizing how fortunate I am to have access to healthcare was the biggest impact the program had on me. One elderly lady asked us how much time she had left to live...and she was a 60 y/o woman whose only apparent health complication was anemia. It was something that strongly impacted me because I realized how dire the local healthcare situation was. It also made me grateful to be able to make a small impact on the community.

To anyone still hesitating about volunteering abroad, I would say to consider the impact you would have on the community and the opportunity for personal growth. I would also say: what is making you hesitant?

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Hamsini Kala
18 May 2023

I really appreciated all the help! IVHQ provided me with everything from start to finish, and the local team members are amazing! I loved making memories with my roommates and growing with the community we were volunteering in.

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Urva Mehveen
18 May 2023

I really liked that my IVHQ Program Manager was very accessible whenever we had questions. We would often call her to address any concerns or clarify details about the program. She also guided us to resources where we could find more information and sent reminder emails for tasks we had yet to complete. In terms of the placement work, my passion for preventive medicine and community health (even at a global level) crystalized as I was able to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families living in vulnerable conditions with little access to medical care and guidance. The volunteer house we stayed at was very comfortable. I especially appreciated that our host had each meal ready on time and cooked according to our preferences. This was an amazing experience where you don't just get to make a difference at an international level, but also immerse yourself in new cultures and see the world.

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Sydney Bell
24 Nov 2021

There aren’t enough words to describe my experience in Lima. I was able to using my Spanish language, being a hands on volunteer, and making friends. I have definitely grown as a person and am not the same person I was before coming. I have made lifelong friends with the other volunteers. We had so many great experiences and I look forward to seeing them again. My host family was amazing and made the best vegan Peruvian food. I was able to see Peruvian values and this experience has made me want to travel to Peru/ other countries in the future. I am beyond grateful for the volunteer experience and the friends I have made.

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Luis Garcia Campos
04 Nov 2021

This was my first trip with IVHQ. Since I am Spanish speaker, I chose a Latin country for my first trip. The trip and people were great. I felt welcomed and appreciated by the people that we helped. I really loved doing this kind of trip and immersing myself in another culture. I feel lucky that I have skills that I can use to help others as registered nurse and I cannot wait to go in another trip.

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Volunteer Abroad in Peru, Lima with IVHQ

Location

Lima, Peru’s capital city, is perched along the country’s Pacific coast. As the biggest city in Peru and one of the largest in South America, Lima is an important hub of culture, commerce, finance and politics. It’s also got a long history dating back to Pre-Columbian times as well as a strong Spanish influence and both of these can be explored in the many museums, art galleries, churches and ancient historical sites dotted around the city.

IVHQ’s Lima projects are set in and around the city, near the tourist hotspots of Barranco and Miraflores, wildly different in nature but both known for their beauty, great food and buzzing nightlife.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive into Lima on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Lima. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. If you are travelling in Peru prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Lima on the day before your program orientation, or you can make your own way to the program site.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at the volunteer house in Lima. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. It covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Lima – an introduction to Peru, Peruvian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Peru, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On the first day of the volunteering placement, you will be escorted to the project by our local staff and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.

Weekdays - A typical day would be as follows:

6:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.
7:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.
12:30 - 1:00 PM Volunteers finish placement and return to their accommodation. You will be provided with a packed lunch to eat at your convenience.
2:00 - 6:00 PM Volunteers are free to prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing. If volunteers are taking Spanish language lessons, they will usually take these in the afternoon. Some placements may take place in the afternoon.
6:30 - 7:00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.

Weekends

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Lima and Peru. Popular activities include paragliding from the cliffs of Miraflores, visiting the Pachacamac Ruins south of Lima, climbing to the top of the Huaca Pucllana Pyramid, surfing the coastal waters of Miraflores and Barranco, and sandboarding in Huacachina of Southwest Peru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to visit other parts of Peru such as Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Peru - Lima? Check out our Lima Travel & Tours page!

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers will either be accommodated in the main volunteer house or a homestay experience. Typically, volunteers are housed in our main facility, unless capacity is reached or you express a preference for a homestay.

Our volunteer accommodation strikes a perfect balance between independence and camaraderie. Featuring shared bedrooms and a communal area, it fosters a sociable atmosphere while a dedicated local team member is available on-site for support. It’s important to mention that volunteers will be accommodated on the third floor, while a local family resides on the floors below. We’ve had a longstanding partnership with this family since 2015, and while their presence has been warmly received by volunteers, there is often minimal interaction between volunteers and the local family due to the separation.

Each room is equipped with single bunk beds, usually shared with up to 6 volunteers of the same gender. Amenities include Wi-Fi, hot water, bedding, a fridge, and a TV in the common area for your comfort. Additionally, you have the option to upgrade to a homestay experience (shared room) for a more immersive interaction with a local Peruvian family. Please note that this incurs an additional cost. During quieter seasons, you may be accommodated without other volunteers in the homestay. Conversely, during busy seasons, a small number of volunteers may share the homestay with you.

For those seeking a quieter retreat, private single or matrimonial rooms are available as an accommodation upgrade. This option places you either in the volunteer house or in a homestay with a local host family. While preferences can be noted, room allocation cannot be guaranteed. Reservations incurs an additional cost and is subject to availability.

To ensure the safety and respect of all volunteers, our local team enforces curfews. Sunday through Thursday, there is an 11:00 PM curfew. Exceptions may be granted for special occasions if requested in advance. The curfew is explained in detail during orientation.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with three hearty meals daily, consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is offered as a self-serve, located in the volunteer kitchen, offering a variety of options such as tea, coffee, toast, local breads, fresh fruits, cereal, condiments, ham, eggs, yogurt, and cheese.

Lunch is typically served upon your return to the accommodation after your placement. Peruvian cuisine is a vibrant fusion of international flavors, influenced by Spanish, Chinese, Italian, West African, and Japanese culinary traditions. Adapted to local produce, dishes often feature a carb-rich array including pasta, rice, bread, corn, potatoes, chili peppers, and chicken.

For those staying in homestay accommodations, expect to dine as the local host family does. In Peru, it’s customary for the main meal to be served at lunchtime, often repeated in the evening, featuring traditional meat or vegetarian stews complemented by vegetables and rice. Drinkable water will be readily available throughout your stay.

Should you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please inform us in advance, and we’ll make necessary arrangements. While we strive to accommodate your needs, we also recommend bringing extra spending money for any personal dietary snacks. As a volunteer, flexibility is key, so expect some variation from your usual dining habits.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week AU$506 Equivalent to AU$72/day
2 weeks AU$912 Equivalent to AU$65/day
3 weeks AU$1317 Equivalent to AU$63/day
4 weeks AU$1599 Equivalent to AU$57/day
5 weeks AU$1886 Equivalent to AU$54/day
6 weeks AU$2175 Equivalent to AU$52/day
8 weeks AU$2770 Equivalent to AU$49/day
10 weeks AU$3349 Equivalent to AU$48/day
12 weeks AU$3927 Equivalent to AU$47/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$529) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transportation to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Lima generally find US$50 - $100 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as snacks, in-country tours, and Spanish language lessons.
  • Anyone volunteering during the week before Christmas will have a one-off surcharge of US$70 added to their file when registering, for Christmas activities within the community.

Free-time experiences & tours in Peru

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Peru! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Peru program.

Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)
Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)

Prepare to be in awe of this unique landscape and surroundings on this overnight tour!

AU$225
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour  - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)

Explore Machu Picchu on an exhilarating 2-day & 1-night tour.

AU$788
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)

Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu in just one day without stretching your budget!

AU$602
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)

See all of Peru’s major hot spots on this 1-week Mini Adventure tour.

AU$1481
Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)
Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)

Prepare to be in awe of this unique landscape and surroundings on this overnight tour!

AU$225
Rainbow Mountain - Short Trek
Rainbow Mountain - Short Trek

Enjoy a short, mountainside trek to the top of Rainbow Mountain, part of Ausangate Mountain in the Andes.

AU$94

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Spanish language lessons

Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ strongly recommends these for all volunteers, unless they are fluent in Spanish. If volunteers have little or no Spanish ability and are volunteering for a period longer than 2 weeks, they should strongly consider these courses, so they can work and communicate with all parties more effectively during their program. These language lessons can be pre-booked by the hour via your MyIVHQ profile and the class schedule confirmed on your arrival in Lima at your program orientation. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers at US$20 (approximately AU$32) per hour for a private class.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 32 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00

Weather and climate: Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. The coast has moderate temperatures, low precipitation, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches. In the sierra, rain is frequent during summer, and temperature and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The jungle is characterised by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.

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