If you are looking for a Dental Elective Internship, then this program in Peru would be the perfect one for you. It is designed for dentistry students who wish to gain valuable knowledge and skills by working along with professional dentists. Internship work includes assisting the dentists in their tasks and helping in sterilization of supplies as well as doing hands on tasks depending their medical and experience background.
On a daily basis, the routine varies but interns usually work for 4-5 hrs in a day with evenings and weekends free to travel and explore.
Note: The program is suitable only for dental students who want to gain hands on experience and skills before starting professional work.
What to bring for your Dental Elective Program?
Each volunteer must bring the following list.
- Periodontology kits (x2)
- Conservation kits (x2)
- 50 dental needle (different sizes)
- 01 white medical jacket and Scrubs (to wear daily)
- Box of surgical gloves (x2)
- Alcohol wipes (x2)
- Gauze (x50)
- Medical cotton (x4)
- Dental composite resins (white filling)
Internss participating in this project need to bring their own materials to develop dental cures and prophylaxis (it is mandatory).
Interns must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the internship. As an intern, you should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Dental interns must provide a clean criminal background check report, CV, Passport Copy as well as other documents and credentials pertaining to their qualifications prior to joining the program. The program is available for only dental students looking to gain valuable exposure by doing dental elective abroad. Students must have an intermediate level of Spanish to join the program.
Intern Roles & Responsibilities
- Interns will have to work with the dentists, assisting them in the daily work. (Tasks will depend on your expertise and qualification)
- Interns will also have to organize Dental Care camps.
- On certain occasions, interns also visit public schools and children kindergartens centers and teach the importance of oral hygiene.
Intern Work Schedule
- Sunday - Arrival in Cusco, Peru
- Monday - An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, informing the volunteers about relative topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Peru.
- Tue to Fri - Volunteer Work.
- Weekends: Free to explore the city/ Head out for Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley etc.
- Breakfast - 07:00 am to 08:00 am
- Working hours at the placement - 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (The second shifts depends on the requirement at the placement)
- Lunch - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
- Dinner - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
When you choose to volunteer in Peru, just pack your bags and arrive at the destination with a relaxed mind. Our dedicated coordinator at the location arranges airport transfers, stay, meals and also weekend tours for you. All you have to do is arrive.
Airport Receive/ Transfer
Interns are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those interns who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.
A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. The orientation will be given by the local staff in Peru.
Interns are provided accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. Volunteers and interns are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have WiFi connection and cable TV as well.
Interns are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc.
During your Free Time
Interns are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. Cusco’s main attraction is Macchu Picchu where you can stay for 1 or 2 days according to your budget. You can explore nearest cities around Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno and Puerto Maldonado. (Weekends)
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £165 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $289 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €189 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup
- Insurance (Provided at an extra cost)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa and Visa extension fee
- Airport drop, airport taxes
- Local Transportation
- Any personal expenses
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
Accommodation and Living
Three meals are provided in a day of which the lunch is the specialty of Peruvian families. The food is tasty, hygienic and nutritious, suited to all volunteers. The volunteers should note that the food is provided from Monday to Saturday of each week. On Sundays, volunteers can eat at nearby eateries or find out good restaurants as per choice.
Places like Barrio de San Blas, Hatton Rumiyuq, Convent and Church of La Merced and Cathedral of Peru have been declared as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and must be visited by volunteers during free time and weekends. Of course, we also arrange for tours to Macchu Picchu.
Volunteers are also free to plan quick getaways and explore Peru. We also arrange programs for groups in Tambopata Rainforest areas and the country coordinator can be contacted for the same.
Flights and Visa
Health and Safety
Volunteers can also look up resourceful sites like Lonely Planet to gather more information about Peru and its general atmosphere. You are also recommended to follow the safety guidelines provided by the in-country coordinator during Orientation Session.
Hepatitis A and B
FAQ's Application and Program Details
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care for providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
He/she should have the flexibility to adjust to a new environment and culture.
Volunteers should have a basic/ intermediate knowledge of Spanish Language.
For Medical Program – Pre-Medical , Medical and Nursing students as well as Medical Professionals are welcome to join. Participants with other qualifications in the medical field such as CAN, EMT can also join the program.
The participant should be in good health.
Volunteers are picked from the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco by the in-country coordinator or representative. Accommodation is provided in a homestay or with the host family.
A short orientation is given after arrival about the city, placement, safety precautions. The volunteers are also taken for a short tour of the city before the commencement of the program. However, the tour is dependent upon the arrival time of your flight.