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Q: I’ve just started my degree, can I participate?
A: Participants must have completed a full academic year of their degree in a healthcare discipline before their program start date. You can of course sign up in anticipation of completing your first year.
Q: What does the program fee cover?
A: The program fee covers extensive support before you leave, food and accommodation, a tailor-made internship and in-country support for the duration of your time. We’ll also liaise with your college to ensure your academic requirements and documentation are sorted.
Q: Do I need travel insurance to participate?
A: Travel insurance is obligatory for participating in the program.
Q: What other type of cover do I need to consider?
A: Organizing Malpractice Insurance is also a necessity. It’s a good idea to check with your college or any professional organizations you’re a member of; often they can provide you with student coverage.
Q: Will I need any vaccinations for Argentina?
A: It’s important that you schedule a visit to your doctor before your trip. Not being healthcare professionals ourselves, we are unable to advise you specifically.
Q: Do I have to have knowledge of Spanish?
A: If you aren’t already conversational in Spanish, realistically you will not get the most out of your internship. Although you will encounter hospital staff who speak some English, it’s safe to assume that most people won’t, patients included. For this reason, if your level is below Intermediate, we strongly advise you to sign up for our Spanish course or put some time aside to learn Spanish before you head out.
Q: At what stage do I need to sign-up?
A: Ideally 6 months prior to your program start date. This gives us plenty of time to liaise with the hospital and organize your placement and to take you through each step. We work with capacities for each hospital and department to ensure that our supervisors aren’t overloaded and also that your opportunities are maximized. For this reason, the earlier, the better. However, if you find yourself in a last-minute situation with previous plans having fallen through, please do give us a call. We like a challenge and will see what we can do!
Q: Which disciplines can take part?
A: Our hospitals are well used to having worked with students of Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry and Physical Therapy. If this doesn’t cover your area of study, we’re most happy to investigate what’s possible. Our close relationship with the hospitals ensures that it’s easy to look into.
Q: I’ve already qualified, can I still take part?
A: Absolutely! Although most program participants are students, we’ve also had professionals come through the program.
Q: I have a particular interest, can this be catered for?
A: We’ve had some very specific requests in the past that we’ve been able to make happen. We work with the largest referral hospital in the region with large departments and specialist staff, so often we can cater to special interests.
Q: Is there an age limit for participants?
A: There’s only a minimum age limit; unfortunately we can’t accept participants under the age of 18 years old.
Q: Which nationalities can participate?
A: There are no restrictions on which nationalities can participate.
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and some EU countries do not require a visa. For all other nationalities, contact your local Argentine embassy as soon as possible to get the most up-to-date advice on the visa process.
N.B. Although not requiring a visa, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee in advance of entering Argentina. We’re happy to talk you through the process and provide more information, it’s relatively straight forward. Good news for US citizens: the requirement to pay a reciprocity fee has been temporarily suspended.