Within the Healthcare support project you will be placed in a clinic. You get the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses, observe activities and working methods, and get an idea of the Peruvian healthcare system.
You will primarily support the nurses in preparing materials and measuring patients. Moreover, you will help the clinic in administrative work, from the admission of incoming patients to patients history reports.
Please note that the amount of work and the level of responsibility you get is very dependent on your Spanish level and attitude. Especially in a medical environment, it is essential to first gain some trust with the doctors and nurses, so being able to communicate properly in Spanish will help you gain their trust and confidence. Being proactive and taking initiative is also highly appreciated.
Make sure to pack your scrubs!
In Cusco you can choose between an host family or student house. When you prefer the Sacred Valley, you will stay with a host family in Urubamba. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will have the opportunity to discover a small Peruvian town and the beautiful mountains that surround it. You will get an authentic Peruvian experience with 3 Peruvian meals a day and a friendly family to practice Spanish with and exchange your cultures.
A genuine interest in the medical field and basic medical knowledge is required.