Languages: Spanish, Quechua and Aymará
Currency: New sol
Int Code: +51
Visas and Work Permits: Nationals of countries, including the UK, Australia, NZ, USA and most of Europe can stay for 90 days without a permit. They are required to have a return ticket. British volunteer workers should obtain a visa either before they go or once in Peru. Student visas can be easily obtained with a letter from the institution in Peru, a couple of photos, passport and a copy of your last bank statement. To work for pay, the institution has to apply to their department of immigration. If working for a charity their sponsors must apply to the Secretaria Ejecutiva de Coperacion Technica International of the Ministerio de la Presidencia. The Peruvian Immigration Service can then authorize a visa. Alternatively, you can go out as a tourist and apply for a visa when there. The Embassy can provide a list of clinics and hospitals across Peru.
Most Westerners work through an international organization. Some that work in Peru include:
Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) (Red Cross International
of Health: Ministry de Salud 8 Cuadra Avda Salaverry, Jesús
Maria, Lima 11 Tel: +51 1 4326242 Fax: 1 4313671
Medical Schools: The three in Lima are:
Nacional Federico Villarreal, Programa Académico de Medicina Humana,
Jr. Río Chepen s/n Cuadra 1, Hospital Hipólito Unánue, Lima 10 (El
Some Medical Schools outside Lima are:
Nacional de la Amazonía Peruna, Programa Académco de Medicina,
Apartado 496, Avenida Colonial s/n, Moronillo, Punchana, Apartado 613,
The most popular elective destination in Peru is to the tropical medicine institute (Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt) which is associated with the Universidad Peruano Cayetano Heredia.
Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia), Apartado 5045, Postal 4314, Lima 100, Peru Tel: +51 14 823401 Fax: 14 823404. The hospital: In the outpatients department of this tropical diseases hospital you’ll see leishmaniasis, brucellosis, typhoid, viral hepatitis, bartonellosis and other rarer conditions such as spider bites and free living amoebiasis. Hep B and HIV are also very common. The ward has 30 beds dedicated to tropical diseases and HIV. Facilities are sparse, but there are opportunities for practical procedures such as lumbar puncture. Elective notes: Conditions around the hospital, which includes many slums, are extremely poor, to the extent that interns often have to supply their own syringes and needles. Despite this, the staff are incredibly friendly and encourage you to get involved. They charge a fee of $300 per month for teaching. This is well worth it as you are unlikely to know much about the diseases otherwise. A good understanding of Spanish is essential. They can also arrange for you to spend a week in Iquitos in the Amazon jungle ($170 rtn flight, two hours north-east of Lima). There you’ll see many cases of leprosy, snake bites and leishmaniasis. The hospital here (Hospital Regional de Loreto) again is very ill equipped, but the staff are welcoming.
Instituto de Salud del Niño (Children’s Hospital of Lima), Av Brasil 600, Breña, Lima 5, Lima, Peru Tel: +51 424 1996 Fax: 425 1840.
Hospital de Emergencia “Casumiru Ulloa”, Ave Republica de Panama, Miraflores, Lima Tel: +51 1 445 5096
Hospital Regional de Cajamarca, Avenida Mario Urteaga No 500, Cajamarca, Peru Tel: +51 44 922414.
Asociación San Lucas, Apartado #2, Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru.
Some other Regional Hospitals:
Regional IPSS, Antiguo Aeropuerto s/n Cusco Tel: +51 84 234 724 Fax: 84
Other places in Peru:
Cristiana Femenina (YWCA), B Herrera 157B, Lima 14, Peru.
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