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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE
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VOLUNTEER IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ABROAD

Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru offer universal healthcare to their citizens and all 3 countries have large nationalized healthcare systems. However, in Latin America, government funding and bureaucracy along with large rural populations means that many patients do not have equal access. Hospitals and clinics for low income families often lack staff and the proper resources keep the most vulnerable populations healthy. By volunteering in a medical placement you are truly making a difference in the lives of hospital professionals and their patients.

Maximo Nivel’s healthcare and medical volunteer programs provide international volunteers with the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics, assisted living, and other healthcare facilities. You also have the chance to take part in week-long medical campaigns, vaccination programs; and you learn about healthcare systems in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

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– At least 18 years of age
– Minimum commitment 1 week; we recommend 2 weeks or more
– Provide proof of academics and professional training
– Must bring scrubs, stethoscope, closed-toed shoes
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Positive mindset

Your level of involvement at medical and healthcare projects is determined by:
– Length of program
– Level training and demonstrated expertise
– Spanish language skills
– Personality—initiative and ability to connect with people at the project

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Work Schedule
– Minimum 1 week; we recommend 2 weeks or longer
– 3-4 hours/day of volunteer work, Monday through Friday
– Work hours are morning or afternoon depending on project
– Projects may be walking distance or require public transportation

Volunteers must have realistic expectations about the activities they can be involved in. The amount of work at project sites depends a great deal on the field situation, and there is no guarantee that placements are always busy, nor exactly what activities are available on a day-to-day basis.

WHAT TO EXPECT

– Airport pick-up
– Host family accommodations (shared room)
– Breakfast and dinner, 7 days/week
– 3-4 hours/day practical work, Monday-Friday
– Official certificate of volunteer service
– Letter of recommendation
– Emergency contact number 24/7

AND MUCH MORE!
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Cusco
Peru
San Jose
Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica
Antigua
Guatemala
1 week$645$695$645
2 weeks$875$975$875
3 weeks$1,065$1,255$1,325$1,065
4 weeks$,1255$1,495$1,595$1,255
Additional Week$150$185$185$150

*A special project surcharge of $65/week applies to medical, conservation, and construction projects.

Why I Maximo Nivel

During my time in Costa Rica doing my medical program I have had the best time you get to learn so much, make life long friendships, be provided with endless support and make a difference. I am so happy to be able to come on this journey as it is something I will never forget. This program has made a life long impact as not only have my nursing skills improved I have learnt how lucky we are.

Ebonie G.
Healthcare Volunteer Programs Abroad

HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

HEALTH SCIENCES | PRE-MED | NURSING | MEDICAL SCHOOL 1 & 2

Healthcare placements are available for people who are not licensed and who are still completing their training. These volunteer projects are generally located in specialized living facilities and involve working with people who are physically or mentally disabled, assisting elderly patients, or working with HIV infected children.

As an international volunteer, you assist with all facets of caring for patients, including general care and companionship, distributing medications, feeding, bathing, and ensuring patients’ overall well-being. This may also include changing beds, conversation-talk therapy, workshops (e.g. exercise, dental care), and even arts and crafts.

Volunteer groups may also work in running medical campaigns to provide healthcare, as well as dental and hygiene education, to underprivileged communities under the supervision of our local medical staff.

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MEDICAL PROGRAMS

MEDICAL SCHOOL 3 & 4 | LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

More advanced medical placements are available for licensed professionals or students in the last 2 years of medical school. Volunteer placements are in hospitals, clinics, assisted living, and other healthcare facilities. As an international volunteer, you work alongside doctors, nurses, therapists, or other medical professionals.

Your responsibilities and type of work depends a great deal on the placement available and what is happening at the project site. Depending on your medical experience and Spanish language skills, volunteers may do things such as: shadow a doctor or nurse, assist with general check-ups, run medical campaigns, assist with triage, take blood pressure and other vital signs, organize patient records, prepare materials and equipment, and assist during mealtimes.

Volunteer groups may also work in running medical campaigns to provide healthcare, as well as dental and hygiene education, to underprivileged communities under the supervision of our local medical staff.

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Medical Volunteer Programs Abroad
Costa Rica Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Abroad Programs

MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica’s government provides universal healthcare to its citizens, however some areas still have limited access and not enough resources and staff. If you are passionate about accessible healthcare for all people, making community impact, and helping vulnerable populations, a medical volunteer project in Costa Rica is a great place to begin.

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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS IN GUATEMALA

In Guatemala, hospitals and clinics are often understaffed, lack resources, and are not properly funded. Still, there is universal healthcare and the quality of service that can be achieved under less than ideal circumstances provides an amazing opportunity to learn. As a medical volunteer, you can help make a true difference in the lives of healthcare professionals and their patients.

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Guatemala Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Abroad Programs
Peru Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Abroad Programs

MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS IN PERU

Peru’s government provides universal healthcare to its citizens, however many areas still have very limited access, zero resources, and poor training. If you believe in community service and making healthcare accessible to all people, Peru is a great place to work as a medical volunteer. As an international volunteer, you work with medical professionals at rural clinics to provide patient care including check-ups, vital signs, needs assessments, patient records, and preparing materials and equipment.

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH
MAXIMO NIVEL?

Maximo Nivel has been offering volunteer abroad programs since 2003. We are a locally-based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Our volunteer program fees are affordable and transparent.

  • New volunteer programs start every Monday year-round
  • Professional Field Managers
  • Volunteer programs available from 1-52 weeks
  • All-inclusive—shared accommodations, meals, and many extras
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Academic credit available
  • No Registration or processing fees
  • All-inclusive program fees from $645
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We bring structure and organization to your volunteer program, and we match you with the best project according to your personal goals and the positive impact you want to have. Schedule a call with a program advisor today!

Academic Credit for Volunteering Abroad

EARN ACADEMIC CREDIT

FOR VOLUNTEER ABROAD & SERVICE LEARNING

Maximo Nivel is one of the few organizations in the world to offer academic credit for volunteer abroad and service learning programs. Our School of Record issues official transcripts and academic credit for your program. Get the credit you earn!

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