• Peru
4 weeks
Health & Safety

Program Details

Fall J-Term Maymester Spring Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family
Age Min.


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 09, 2023
Jan 10, 2024
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About Program

Projects Abroad offers Medicine & Healthcare internships in Peru for interns of all levels looking to gain international work experience.

Intern in specific areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry, Public Health, Nutrition, or General Medicine. In order to qualify for this internship program, participants must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish understanding and be able to commit to 4 weeks of participation time.

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Program Highlights

  • Interns will get hands on medical experience working with professionals in the medical field. Internships are available in a variety of fields, including midwifery, dentistry, nursing, and more.
  • This internships is customizable to fit your time frame, let Projects Abroad design you ideal internship experience in Peru!
  • Interns will likely stay with a host family in Peru, giving them the opportunity to learn about Peruvian history and culture.
  • This internship placement gives you the opportunity meet interns from around the world, traveling to Peru in order to gain international experience.
  • Interns can also add language classes while they complete their internship abroad. Learn more about this program by visiting the Projects Abroad website.

Popular Programs

Medical Internship in Peru

Observe and learn from local doctors at healthcare facilities in Peru and get international work experience.

Midwifery Internship in Peru

Gain work experience in a maternity ward and learn directly from local midwives and doctors.

Nursing Internship in Peru

Gain overseas experience as a nursing intern in Peru by working alongside professional medical staff.

Nutrition Internship in Peru

Help rural communities in Peru live healthier lives to reduce malnutrition, and add overseas experience to your CV.

Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
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  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Medical internship in Peru: unique experiences, challenges and personal growth

My medical internship in Peru was a unique experience that not only enhanced my professional knowledge but also contributed significantly to my personal growth. The host family that welcomed me during my stay was incredibly warm, providing me with profound insights into Peruvian culture. The support from the friendly staff at ProjectsAbroad was outstanding, and they were always there for me.

The opportunity to actively participate in various medical activities, including surgeries and treatments, broadened my horizons and offered practical insights into the healthcare system. The weekly medical workshops were particularly enlightening, imparting knowledge that is typically gained in more advanced study semesters in Germany.

The variety of social workshops not only strengthened my teamwork skills but also led to new friendships. Exploring the breathtaking landscapes and culture during my free time was an additional highlight, especially the visit to Machu Picchu, Palcoyo and the "normal" Rainbow Mountain, as well as the Sacred Valley and a lot more.

One aspect that was less favorable was the relatively independent nature of the internship, occasionally leaving me feeling somewhat isolated due to limited contact with my host family.

Regrettably, I had to visit the hospital twice due to health issues related to food on tours. Additionally, my phone was stolen on the bus, adding further inconvenience to the challenges faced.

Another area for improvement could be the supervision and communication within the hospitals. There were instances where I felt uncertain and bored as no one seemed to know how best to utilize my time.

Despite these challenges, my time in Peru was an unforgettable experience that significantly influenced my personal and professional development. A clear recommendation!

What was your funniest moment?
There were many funny moments during this exciting time. One of them, for example, was when another project participant and I took salsa lessons together (we were the only ones in the course) but never managed to get the turn. We always tied ourselves in knots and never ended up in the places we were supposed to end up. He was much more talented than me and also had a better sense of rhythm. I was constantly stepping on his toes, but it was still a lot of fun!
  • nice people
  • interesting and in-depth insights into the Peruvian healthcare system
  • amazing travels
  • illness
  • boringness during the work days --> mainly observation, less practice
  • stolen phone
20 people found this review helpful.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Pia,

Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed and insightful review of your medical internship in Peru. We're thrilled to hear that it was a unique experience that significantly contributed to your personal and professional growth.

We understand that you encountered some challenges during your trip, and we sincerely apologise for the food-related illnesses and the unfortunate theft of your phone. These were undoubtedly stressful situations, and we appreciate you acknowledging our support in accompanying you to the hospital, providing necessities, and assisting with the police report and flyer distribution.

Regarding your feedback about the internship's independent nature and limited interaction with your host family, we want to acknowledge your perspective. In midwifery placements, the dynamic can be different due to the unpredictable nature of the work and the need to be readily available. However, we always strive to ensure our volunteers feel supported and connected, both at their placements and within their host families. In hindsight, we could have done better in proactively communicating this dynamic and exploring alternative options for increased host family interaction.

We're surprised to hear about your experience with the hospital staff. Open communication is crucial to a positive internship experience, and we sincerely apologise if you sometimes felt unsupported or disengaged. We take your feedback seriously and will use it to improve our communication and supervision practices at this placement. If you had expressed these concerns during your stay, we would have been happy to intervene and address them directly with the staff.

Despite these challenges, we're delighted that your overall experience was positive and that you found Peru to be an unforgettable destination. We are committed to providing our volunteers with enriching and supportive experiences, and your feedback helps us continuously improve. Thank you again for sharing your insights, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.

Best regards,

The Projects Abroad Team

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Amazing opportunity

I could have never expected such a life-changing experience in very little time. Only 4 weeks gave me the knowledge and growth of my whole degree. The team in country take care of you from the minute you land, and the family I stayed with treated me like their own daughter- it was hard to say goodbye. Also, the other volunteers I met made all the traveling during the free time so fun!

During my project, I enjoyed having a lot of responsibilities, it gave me a lot of freedom to bring my own initiative into the interventions. The local team are very welcoming and grateful to have you there. If I could have changed something from my trip it would only be one thing: I would DEFINITELY stay for longer! Four weeks was way to short. I would recommend at least 3 months to make the most of the experience.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
In one of our weekend trips, we were offered food from a local family, and we tried potatoes with CLAY! The most unexpected thing was that it was DELICIOUS. We were all very surprised by the experience.
102 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Hi Pamela,
I’m happy to hear about your fantastic time away with us on our Nutrition Placement in Peru. Great things are achieved when volunteers join our global community. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated not just by us but by the local community. We hope to see you again in the near future.

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Cusco, Peru. Medical Internship!

I have wanted to do my Medical Internship with Projects Abroad for years, but I didn't realize how much I needed it for my growth and how it made me into a smarter and better person. I went to Peru alone and met some amazing travelers, doctors, and locals. I felt so lucky to go, and get credit for my University in New York. I was able to practice my language, live with a different family, and interact and learn from volunteers and local Doctors. The Doctors I observed from wanted me to learn as much as possible about their speciality, which I appreciated. Along with learning from Doctors, I was able to adapt to living in a completely different culture and situation than I ever has before. I ended up not only learning, but having a lot of fun on weekend excursions and meeting new people!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was Guinea pig! I knew it was something I needed to try while I was there, even if it was only a few bites.
92 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Hi Isabella,

I'm so glad to hear that you had such a rewarding experience on the Medicine project in Peru. You made a worthwhile contribution to our ongoing sustainable goals – you were really appreciated by the local community. You are very welcome to volunteer or Intern with Projects Abroad again!

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Life Changing Experience

I lived in Peru for 3 months while interning as a nutritionist. This experience was absolutely wonderful in every single aspect. The Projects Abroad team does a fantastic job at bringing all the volunteers together. If it wasn’t for the Wednesday socials, I would not have met the amazing, lifelong friends I made during my stay. We all became one family and it made staying away from home for such a long time that much easier.
Working as a nutritionist was the most rewarding work I have ever done. The locals were so open to all I had to teach them and really applied what they learned to their everyday lives. Working among locals completely immerged me into Peruvian culture. Throughout my work experience I learned traditional Quechuan dances and how to cook traditional cuisine. My Spanish also greatly improved throughout this experience!
The Projects Abroad team worked very closely with my school and gave me all the hours I needed in order for me to graduate college while still being abroad. I needed a total of 40 hours a week and even though that was unusual for them, they made sure to extend hours and find extra work for me to do in order to fulfill my 40 hours.
Today, I am currently working for a Non-Profit as a Community Educator. If it wasn't for all the presentations I had to do during my internship, I would have not been able to work my current job being it is all public speaking.

90 people found this review helpful.
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When I first touched down in Peru for my placement with Projects Abroad, I arrived with the understanding that I would be taking on a mostly observational role in the clinic with few hands-on responsibilities. Once I began working, however, my level of involvement far exceeded my expectations as I was given multiple duties involving patient care. In a typical day I arrive at 8:00 am and help weigh and measure patients in “Triage”, which typically lasts until 10:00. I then return to “Topico” to assist the nurse there where I have learned proper would cleaning techniques and how to administer intramuscular injections. I at times take blood pressure and temperature of patients, and assist with the general maintenance of the clinic by cleaning equipment and folding gauze. The day flies by and 1:00 always arrives quickly. This experience has been transformative in my understanding of the medical profession as I have been given hands-on experience treating patients, and have developed relationships with the patients and staff, all while in a foreign language. I have learned the importance of communication and collaboration in a medical environment, and have marvelled at the trusting relationships between health care workers and patients in the Centro de Salud de San Sebastian. This experience has certainly strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in medicine, and inspired me to pursue more medically-related volunteer missions in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
Additional health and safety training prior to clinical work.
83 people found this review helpful.
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Medical Volunteering in Peru

Volunteering in Cusco, Peru at the government run hospital was a very great opportunity to immerse myself in medical Spanish and interact with patients on a day to day basis. Physicians at the hospital were open to teaching and made our time there interactive and purposeful. My homestay family was a very sweet couple, interested in all our activities and enjoyed our presence in their home. They cooked very traditional foods and even took us out on the weekends with them to restaurants/stores to make sure we knew which ones had the best deals. The projects abroad program was overall extremely helpful in the transition from the US to Peru and made sure we had the resources to make the best out of our time there. The office also provided workshops and social events to allow us to meet others also participating in the program. I had a great experience with this program and defiantly recommend it to others to take advantage of in the future!

What would you improve about this program?
Having an assigned physician would have been better in the learning aspect of things.
86 people found this review helpful.

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