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Volunteer Medicine & Healthcare Projects Abroad in Argentina

Medicine & Healthcare in Argentina - Volunteer and Doctor

Volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare project 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. 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 each in more rural communities. 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 a medical or dental school, or already have medicine and dental knowledge and experience, the doctors and dentists 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.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Argentina Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

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”
Ying Liu, Medicine & Healthcare Volunteer in Argentina
 

Volunteer Dentistry in Argentina

Medicine & Healthcare in Argentina - X-Ray Teeth

Volunteers who wish to work in the field of dentistry can gain superb work experience in Cordoba's Hospitals, located in the beautiful Sierras Chicas not far from where our office is based. As one of the largest government run hospitals in this area, you will be learning from staff who are very experienced at providing all aspects of dental healthcare to people who travel here from the surrounding regions. If you wish to have a broader Medicine & Healthcare experience, both hospitals have many other areas, besides dentistry, for you to work in.

 

Volunteer Occupational Therapy in Argentina

As a training or qualified Occupational Therapy volunteer in Argentina, you’ll be placed in one of a number of institutions for people who are mentally and physically disabled. While residents receive the necessary physiotherapy care, staff are limited in number and don’t have enough time to spend one-to-one with these individuals. By coming into the home and using your skills to assess and treat the wide variety of physical and psychiatric conditions you come across, you can help these people to find purposeful activities they can participate in, and help to promote independent function in aspects of their life for what may be the first time since they moved there.

Intermediate Spanish is recommended for this placement to allow volunteers to communicate with both staff and their patients.

 

Elective Placements in Argentina

If you wish to do your medical, dental or occupational therapy elective in Argentina, you will be working in a hospital in or close to Unquillo. You will shadow one of our supervising doctors and dentists who are very experienced at working with western students. They will be keen to test out your knowledge, as well as giving you the benefit of their training and experience.

Outside of the medical world you will live with a host family in close proximity to the hospital where you will be working. There is so much to do in Cordoba and the surrounding area, and there are always plenty of other Projects Abroad volunteers, from different projects, to explore it with!

You will be required to bring proof that you are a medical elective student with you to Argentina, along with any transcripts or certificates that state your previous areas of experience. This paperwork, along with your initiative and outlook, will determine the level of trust that is built between yourself and your supervising doctors. As with any job – and certainly those in the medical profession – proving your knowledge and reliability will ultimately determine the level of responsibility you are assigned, and how much you take home from your experience in Argentina.

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