Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: Minimum 2 months, maximum 6 months
Start Dates: Project is ongoing, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability
Cost: from $720 USD for 2 months – see Costs tab for further details
- Medical placement in a hospital working alongside local doctors and support staff
- Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities
- Opportunity to experience the Argentinian Health Sector and increase your medical speciality skills
- Keywords: Medical internship, hospital experience, work placement, flexible serious internship
You will help local doctors and staff to aid community members in improving their health and wellbeing, whilst searching for more efficient ways of preventing diseases.
You will shadow doctors and nurses in their daily activities, including taking vitals, treating injuries, interacting with patients, etc. You may also perform other duties when needed such as document translation and categorization of donated medications. This is a very flexible placement and what you get out will depend greatly upon what you put in, it will depend on your commitment and interests, anyway, volunteers will start as spectators so they can learn how the health center and the professionals work. All areas, activities, and workshops are open to the volunteer who can participate both in the activities inside the center and those carried out in the field according to their interests. Moreover, volunteers learn a lot about the Argentine Health System, how to work in a team different from what you learn in universities, you can share your own knowledge as well as learn a lot from the people you share your experience with
For this reason, an intermediate level of Spanish is required, so that the volunteer can become more involved with those who work in the center and with the community. It is imperative that the volunteer develops an outlook of communicating with people, taking into account that this is an institution that serves the community and that their concern is to understand the people living there and their health problems.
Activities can include:
- Shadowing local doctors and nurses whilst on their rounds
- Administering basic treatments where applicable
- Monitoring and observation of patients
- Record keeping and other administrative tasks
- Patient sanitation, nutrition & education
- Exploring different treatments for simple ailments
- Participating in vaccination programs
- Providing physical therapies
Travel & Accom.
You will be given easy to follow instructions on how to get from (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport to the Project HQ in central Buenos Aires. Alternatively, you can arrange to be picked up at the airport for an extra $90 USD.
Voluntario Global works with two different accommodations in central Buenos Aires: a Hostel, for short term volunteers and a Student Residence, for long term volunteers.
We will advise on availability and closeness to your project before making a reservation.
In both accommodations, meals are not included, however, you can choose to add breakfast/lunch/dinner at your arrival for an additional cost.
Our coordinators in Buenos Aires always make sure the accommodations are clean, comfortable, and respectful of our volunteers. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers and travelers from all over the world. You will also have free computers and wifi access to use. Bedsheets and towels will also be provided.
This placement is particularly well suited for medical students in their second to fourth years, and for electives. The key requirements for a medical intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances.
- Min age 18
- Minimum 2 months commitment – 25+ hours a week
- Enthusiasm and motivation to work in Medicine
- Advanced Spanish (Lessons available)
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flights & visas
Accommodation with us is optional. You are also free to rent an apartment nearby if you do not wish to stay at our volunteer guesthouse.
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* All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
** Places are confirmed with a 15% deposit
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Project Fee includes accommodation (if opted for), project placement, in-country support and a two-day orientation to Buenos Aires.
What’s not included:
All food, accommodation (unless opted for), flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full support will be provided in getting all these arranged if you opt for premium support.
You should budget around $10-15 a day for food.
Airport pickup available for an additional $90.
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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators. We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.
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