I travelled with Projects Abroad for two weeks in August this year, in the Medical Volunteer trip. I would recommend anyone interested in exploring the field of medicine to embark on this trip. Not only do you get a feel for the medical community itself but Projects Abroad allows you to experience the Peruvian culture in a variety of ways. By allowing the volunteers to live with welcoming local Peruvians it helps to open your eyes to a completely new way of life. The planned activities on top of the work in the hospitals also allows the volunteers to experience more of Peru itself, visiting places such as Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. The medical placements themselves were great! The doctors of the facilities allowed us to shadow them and talk and examine patients. We rotated so we were shown all the different types of doctors and their responsibilities within the hospital. In the time I spent working I was given plenty of hands on experience in addition to lots of new knowledge and medicine itself.
Overal I would rate every aspect of this trip very highly, the Projects Abroad staff made it not only an enjoyable experience but made it a life changing one. They helped build a community within our small group of volunteers and I made friends there that I will never forget.