Volunteer Nursing Projects in Bolivia
- Placement location: Cochabamba
- Role: To gain experience alongside skilled local staff in various departments of a hospital or public health clinic
- Type of Placements: Public health clinics, hospitals and community work
- Requirements: Volunteers must be aged 18 years or older and 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 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Nursing project in Bolivia is a rewarding opportunity that allows you to work at one of two public hospitals or various ‘Centros de Salud’; these are public health clinics that are open to everyone in the city of Cochabamba.
At the Centros de Salud you can work in a variety of departments, such as paediatrics, gynaecology, admissions or pharmacy work. With basic facilities, the health clinics attend to mostly minor emergencies, accidents and routine visits. There is insufficient funding to maintain the facilities in complete working order, or provide the clinics with sufficient staff or materials.
As a Nursing volunteer, you may also be placed at a public hospital in the city centre that, although receiving little funding, has a well-known Burns Unit and patients often travel far to receive treatment there. The second hospital you may work at was founded in 1978 and at this non-profit hospital, you will learn the regular medical procedures that are carried out by observing the professionals that work there.
Volunteers participating in the Nursing project can also get involved in community-outreach programmes, including vaccination programmes and dental health campaign, which the clinic organises throughout the year.
Your Role in Bolivia
As a volunteer nurse, you can help with basic duties such as making beds and taking basic observations including weight, height, temperature and blood pressure. You may also be able to dress wounds and carry out basic medical tasks. This placement is ideal for people who are already qualified or currently studying nursing.
You could volunteer as a nurse with Projects Abroad in Bolivia if you are a trained nurse, a nursing student, or simply on a gap year or career-break or holiday period and interested in gaining some experience in the field.
Requirements for Volunteering in Bolivia
Volunteers on all nursing projects in Bolivia should be aged 18 or older and will need intermediate Spanish in order to communicate directly with the majority of doctors and patients. Volunteers who lack confidence in their Spanish language ability take a Spanish Language course or join a Teaching or Care project before joining their Medicine & Healthcare programme.
All volunteers live with host families, which is an enriching experience as you gain an insight into the real day-to-day life of Cochabamba. You will spend your free time with your host family and other Projects Abroad volunteers.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Bolivia Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.