MEDLIFE Lima | Volunteer Abroad in Peru | MEDLIFE Movement
Lima, Peru

Population  Population: 8.432 million

Land Area  Land Area: 2,672 km²

Languages  Languages: Spanish & Quechua

Currency   Currency: Peruvian Sol

About lima

volunteer in peru from usaLima is Peru’s capital and a modern sprawling city with around 11 million inhabitants. It is located on the arid coast of western Peru and is known for its world-class cuisine, wealth of history (pre-Inca and colonial), and vibrant art scene. MEDLIFE is headquartered in this diverse city, but for reasons beyond why a typical tourist might stop here. If you’re looking to volunteer abroad in Peru, MEDLIFE Lima offers essential medicine, education, and development to underserved communities.

WHY Volunteer ABROAD in LIMA, peru?

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MEDLIFE’s work in Lima focuses on the human settlements or “pueblos jovenes” on the outskirts of Lima, where almost 1 million people live in impoverished conditions. These communities consist of small shacks, often made of reed mats or plywood, and built into the precarious rocky hillsides around Lima. These communities lack access to essential services like running water and electricity. While COVID-19 badly hit the entire city, these communities were affected severely. With most of the population living hand-to-mouth on wages from informal jobs, the pandemic brought months of financial hardship and food insecurity. Our COVID-19 relief effort helped ensure families didn’t go hungry, but further support is needed to get communities back on their feet.


Highlights of MEDLIFE Lima:

  • Explore various inspiring and impactful service learning trip options available year-round, including classic, nursing, dental, high school, physician assistants, engineering & architecture, and more!
  • Airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals (mon-fri), and 24/7 in-country support.
  • Free medical insurance is included.
  • Comfortable dormitory-style rooms during your stay.
  • Enhance your adventure with exciting add-ons!

How You Can Help

Mobile Clinics

MEDLIFE tackles critical health issues in these communities through mobile clinics, preventative health education workshops, and patient follow-up. However, our efforts rely on dedicated individuals like you, who choose to volunteer on Service Learning Trips (SLT), making our work possible.

These are the stations in which you would participate during mobile clinics in Lima:

  • Triage
  • General Medicine
  • Dental
  • OB/GYN
  • Toothbrushing
  • Education
  • Pharmacy

Development Projects

Discover the development projects you could participate in while volunteering in Lima, Peru. These projects are collaboratively designed and developed with the community to address their needs, resulting in meaningful and sustainable impact and empowered communities.

  • Staircases
  • Parks
  • Roads
  • Water Projects
  • School Renovations
  • and more!

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities in Peru, download our brochure!



When you sign up for a Service Learning Trip in Lima, Peru, you are automatically registered for medical emergency insurance for the duration of your trip. Visit our travel safe page or email us at [email protected] to learn more.

Explore & Support: Enhance Your SLT Adventure

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Our volunteer programs in Peru would be incomplete without witnessing the majesty of Machu Picchu and experiencing the spectacular rolling sand dunes of Ica. Our optional add-ons let you dive deeper into your SLT destination, supporting MEDLIFE communities sustainably along the way.

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