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.
- Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
- Affordable fees from £173 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
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
- General checkups
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
- 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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On the Medical Outreach project in Peru - Lima, suitably qualified volunteers may be able to assist in the following specialties, but this is not guaranteed:
- General medicine
- Public health
”There aren’t enough words to describe my experience in Lima. I was able to using my Spanish language, being an hands on volunteer, and making friends. I have definitely grown as a person and 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.” read more
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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 Cusco – 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
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.|
|2:00 PM||Lunch at the volunteer accommodation.|
|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.|
|6:30 - 7:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.|
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
You’ll stay in a volunteer house run by the local coordinator’s family or in a homestay.
Bedrooms have single and double beds and volunteers can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. Living is comfortable and there is electricity and running water in the volunteer house and the homestays. Bedding is provided and you just need to bring your own towel and toiletries.
If you would like a more private setting, an accommodation upgrade can be arranged for a private room once you register for the program. For US$70 (approximately £55) per person per week, these upgrades place volunteers in smaller homestays with a local host family and a maximum of 1 to 2 other volunteers.
WiFi is available to volunteers in both the volunteer house and homestay accommodation.
Volunteers are provided with three meals a day.
Breakfasts generally consist of tea and coffee, toast, local breads, cereal, condiments, ham and cheese. A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice, sandwiches and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional meat and vegetarian stews accompany the vegetables and rice.
Bottled water is readily available in Peru and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 (approximately £3) a week for 2 litres a day. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||£173 Equivalent to £25/day|
|2 weeks||£391 Equivalent to £28/day|
|3 weeks||£575 Equivalent to £28/day|
|4 weeks||£705 Equivalent to £26/day|
|5 weeks||£838 Equivalent to £24/day|
|6 weeks||£971 Equivalent to £24/day|
|8 weeks||£1238 Equivalent to £23/day|
|10 weeks||£1505 Equivalent to £22/day|
|12 weeks||£1771 Equivalent to £22/day|
|16 weeks||£2304 Equivalent to £21/day|
|20 weeks||£2838 Equivalent to £21/day|
|24 weeks||£3371 Equivalent to £21/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Discounts on language lessons
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of £236 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 GBP.
- 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 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as snacks, in-country tours, and Spanish language lessons.
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 are organised 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$10 (approximately £7) per hour.
Basic Language Course
10 hours per week (2 hours per day, 5 days a week)
Advanced Language Course
15-20 hours per week (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days a week)
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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.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Nuevo Sol (PEN)|
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.