EcoSwell's Medical Programme - Centro de Salud Talara II

District General Hospital | Talara, Peru

Hospital description

The hospital in Talara, located in northern Peru is greatly understaffed and in great need of support. Further to this, a large proportion of the local population suffer from a lack of public health awareness, perpetuating health issues within families. In order to mitigate these issues, EcoSwell, a peruvian and UK registered for impact non profit, have launched this Electives and Medical Volunteering program. To date EcoSwell have impacted 3,000 people since 2013, and aim to improve the lives of 10,000 by 2021. Electives and medical volunteers would be contributing massively to the medical needs of this locality.

The hospital in Talara has been running for over 20 years.

The specialities offered at the Talara hospital to electives, based on the patients they get, include: Respiratory, Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Dermatology. The majority of patients are children and pregnant women. Emergencies are also dealt with here. The Hospital is located in the city of Talara, 15 minutes away by local transport from Lobitos (EcoSwell’s HQ). The public health challenges faced in the locality revolve around: sexual education, birth control, sanitation, prevention of viruses (flu, zika, dengue, chikungunya), amongst others. As part of this program, you will also have a chance to volunteer at the Lobitos medical post (coastal rural setting), allowing you to get a more holistic experience of the medical field in the developing world on both, a rural and an urban context.

The hospital is lacking specialists, there is only one at the moment.

As part of this position you will be staying at the EcoSwell HQ with the EcoSwell team in the beautiful beach town of Lobitos. Lobitos, considered the land of endless summer, has a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere which it gets travellers from all over the world. Lobitos attracts this tourism due its world class surf and it’s peculiar and very interesting history. There are various relaxed restaurants and bars in the locality where the locals and tourists can enjoy their time off work.

You’ll receive guidance from the team and share the EcoHouse with volunteer interns from all over the world. All your meals, local transport and accomodation costs are included as part of your financial contribution, so you don’t need to worry about having to find a place or other logistics.

Funding is currently available for candidates who apply and are accepted (£200 for a 4 week placement and £600 for an 8 week placement). Further to this, for each accepted candidate, EcoSwell partners will donate needed medical equipment to the local medical institutions.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language Spanish
Funding Status Public


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