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International Nursing Internships in Peru

Project Overview
  • ROLE: To work alongside local nursing staff and doctors and learn from their expertise and knowledge
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and health clinics
  • REQUIREMENTS: Interns must speak intermediate Spanish
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Volunteer on the Nursing project dressing a child in a clinic in Peru

Interning on a Projects Abroad Nursing internship in Cuzco, Peru gives you the opportunity to gain a great deal of experience by working directly alongside skilled medical professionals. You can work in one of several hospitals in the city, and you are allocated to a particular hospital depending on your experience, and preferences.

Your role as a Nursing intern will be that of an observer. You will shadow doctors, and other medical staff throughout their day, and have the chance to discuss various cases, and treatments in detail with them.

For all Medical related placements in Peru, you need to speak an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish.

Interning Abroad as a Nurse in Peru with Projects Abroad

Interns who are part way through their training often work at Es Salud hospital, which is the biggest hospital in Cuzco. This hospital is modern, and well equipped, and interns can choose to work in a variety of departments with specialist medical professionals. We also work with the second biggest regional hospital in the Cuzco area, and with a specialist hospital for anyone focusing on obstetrics and gynecology.

Interns with less experience usually work closely with nursing staff at one of several health clinics. Here the staff have more time to explain the illnesses, and treatments than the staff at the bigger hospitals. The main areas here are general medicine, gynecology, and pediatrics.

Nursing interns can also work at a children’s rehabilitation hospital. The hospital is run by a priest, and they look after many children with special needs. Interns here help to feed, and play with the children as well as helping with general medical care.

Our Medical Supervisor has many years of experience in the social health sector in Cuzco, and provides regular group meetings with all nursing interns. This gives you an opportunity to ask questions, reflect on the work you have been doing, and learn about different topics related to the medical field in Peru.

Nursing interns usually work from Monday to Friday, and have the weekends free. Daily hours vary from place to place, and will be decided during your first meeting with your placement supervisor.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Peru Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

You will stay with one of our local host families while you intern in Peru, and you can take advantage of this opportunity to hone your Spanish speaking skills. In your free time, you can get to know other Projects Abroad volunteers, and locals, and enjoy traveling around Peru.

While you’re in Peru, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Rainforest Conservation & Environment Project in Peru page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Peru.

Peru Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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