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Venezuela Healthcare

Take part in the medicine and healthcare programme at the local hospital in Santa Elena, observing and assisting the doctors and nurses as they help the local community.

Prices from US$1,895

Offering the most varied and striking terrain of almost any South American country, come to gorgeous Venezuela to see the Andes shrouded in snow, the tantalising Caribbean beaches where jungle cascading down to the shore, the indescribable depths of the vast Amazon rainforest, and the eerie beauty of Gran Sabana with its unique flat topped mountains. Experience Latin American fiesta spirit as you dance the night away in one of Venezuela's traditional live music bars, sample outstanding fresh fish as you watch the Caribbean sunset, spot river dolphins, caimans, or even big cats near the Rio Orinoco – all this and more awaits you in this irresistible destination!


  • See some of the most striking terrain in South America
  • Vastly increase your knowledge & understanding of medical practice
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Intermediate level of Spanish
  • Healthcare experience is recommended
  • A doctor's certificate must be provided
  • Resume required


Location Santa Elena, Venezuela
Activities Observe & assist the doctors & nurses
Care for & comfort patients
Physiotherapy programme
Transport Independent travel to project site
Accommodation Shared accommodation


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


You will be taking part in the medicine and healthcare program at the local hospital in Santa Elena. You will observe and assist doctors and nurses with their work, and depending on your skills and experience, will be able to give them a hand and possibly carry out your own tasks. You will help with the general care giving, comfort the patients and become part of the daily routine of a typical Latin American hospital. You might find yourself, for example, watching a caesarean in the operating theatre or working with a doctor on his rounds. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice. This project is ideal for those of you applying for medical school and requiring work experience and immersion in a healthcare environment to demonstrate your commitment and suitability.

If you are an existing medical student, you will be able to use the skills and experience that you have already acquired and will be able to broaden your medical experience in the context of medicine in a developing country. Anyone thinking of taking up nursing or midwifery or already training to be a nurse or a midwife is particularly welcome.

There is also a physiotherapy programme which will enable you to help disabled children and adults to lead as normal lives as possible. Rehabilitation is vitally important and whether you have experience or not, working alongside a therapist at the centre for disabled children, you will learn a great deal in a completely different cultural setting.


You'll fly into Caracas and travel 22 hours south east to the project site in Santa Elena using local bus services and following the simple and clear instructions provided. You will be met at your destination and shown to your accommodation in the project village. For a small extra cost, we can organise for a representative to meet you at Caracas airport, escort you to the bus station and put you on the right bus.


You will be living in shared accommodation within the purpose built project village. Part of your time will be spent maintaining the shared house and the village and tasks will be shared amongst all volunteers.

You will have a shared bedroom and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities. Single rooms are also available for a small additional charge.

Within the village there are gardens, a gym, wading pool, hammock terrace, craft wood workshop and a field for games of football and frisbee. There are also fire-pits which volunteers gather round for social evenings under the starlit South American skies.


Snacks and refreshments are provided and you will share the cooking of three meals a day with your fellow volunteers.

Venezuela's cuisine is quite unique and there is nothing else quite like it in the world. Venezuelan food and drink tends to be highly regional. Many of the dishes in Venezuela are based on French, Italian, and Spanish recipes, but have varied over the years to become uniquely Venezuelan.

Fresh fish and shellfish make up many coastal recipes. Tubers such as the potatoes and yucca are quite common in the highlands. Corn, rice and pasta are found everywhere. Many tropical fruits and vegetables make up dishes from Amazon regions. Spices such as cumin are often used as well.

Pabellon is the delicious national dish of Venezuela and consists of rice, black beans and banana covered in stewed and shredded meat. If you fancy a snack, then try an arepa. These are made of corn flour, water, and salt and often fried or baked. They can be topped with a number of ingredients such as chicken, ham, cheese, or jam.

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There is a huge variety of things to do in Venezuela, all of which can be booked with local providers, helping to support the local economy. Why not try mountain trekking or rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, ride the world's longest and highest cable car (teleférico), which runs 12.6 km (7.9 miles) from Mérida to the top of Pico Espejo, providing easy access to starting points for mountain treks.

Parque Nacional Mochima on the northeast coast offers excellent snorkelling and diving with dozens of offshore islands and islets, some – like the popular Isla de Plata – surrounded by coral reefs. The Cueva del Guácharo is the most spectacular of Venezuela's many cave systems where you can hear the eerie screeching of thousands of Guácharos (Oilbirds), a type of nocturnal bird that inhabits the subterranean dwelling. There are hundreds of exotic bird species such as hummingbirds, herons, Tanagers, Toucanets and Curassows at the Parque Nacional Henri Pittier on the central northern coast.

If you enjoy beach life, swimming and delicious, fresh seafood then pop over to Isla de Margarita, Venezuela's largest Caribbean isle with 168 km (104 miles) of beaches. With so much to do and see, you can be sure that you will never be bored in Venezuela!


4 weeks US$1,895

Extra week US$545

US$1,862 for 4 weeks, US$502 per extra week


The project runs throughout the year, starting every Saturday



Your time on the project will be for a minimum of 1 month, up to a maximum of 6 months


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Caracas (CCS)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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