Medicine Volunteer Projects in Argentina
- Placement location: Cordoba
- Role: To gain valuable medical experience alongside skilled local staff
- Type of placements: Hospitals and outreach work
- Requirements: Volunteers must speak Spanish to an intermediate level
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare project with Projects Abroad in Argentina can be done as part of a gap year, a career-break, or during a short break in your studies. As a Medicine & Healthcare volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the most skilled doctors in the country.
While the shell of some hospital buildings may look slightly neglected, the facilities within and the healthcare provided are generally of a decent standard, on a par with many hospitals in the west.
Our Medicine & Healthcare volunteers work in rotation at different hospitals in and around Cordoba, enabling them to have a broad and varied experience of different medicine and healthcare departments. These include Trauma, Dermatology, Paediatrics, Optical, Cardiology, Radiology, Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
You will have the opportunity to experience medical procedures in both the over-burdened multi-disciplinary government hospitals, and the smaller “Dispensarios” that operate on certain days in more rural communities.
Your Role as a Volunteer in Argentina
Your role will be that of an intern. Within the hospitals you will be given the chance to shadow doctors and nurses, help to take patient histories, observe surgery, attend medical lectures with medical students, and perhaps even perform basic medicine and healthcare procedures. In the community you could find yourself giving a child a general health check, assisting in the provision of vaccinations, and giving advice on nutrition or pregnancy prevention for example.
Whether you are a student joining us before going to medical school, or already have medical knowledge and experience, the doctors in Argentina are keen for you to learn from them. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn - and also to help staff with their duties - will ensure that your experience is second to none.
Medical Outreach in Argentina
As part of our Medical projects in Argentina, you will be able to participate in workshops and outreach work organised by our local staff. These may include a dissection class, or participating in educational programmes to raise awareness on important health topics like nutrition, personal hygiene and prevention of common illnesses.
You will live with a host family near to your volunteer placement. You will find a lot to do in Cordoba and many other Projects Abroad volunteers to spend time with.
An intermediate level of Spanish is required for this placement to ensure that you can interact fully with both the local staff and the patients. Volunteers should also be of smart appearance.
“After two months, I had observed many unforgettable surgeries, like the removal of a giant breast tumour, the removal of an intestinal tumour, and even a few plastic surgeries. Most importantly, I had met many caring and intelligent people and learned a lot about medicine, Argentina, the world and myself”
Medicine & Healthcare Volunteer in Argentina
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Argentina Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.