Peru: Foundations of Global Health

Work on public health campaigns for the residents of Peru’s stunning, yet challenging Sacred Valley.

Highlights

  • Gain hands-on healthcare experience in rural clinics
  • Take a multi-day course on basic medical skills training
  • Assist with an ongoing public health research project with Andean communities
  • Go on a rafting adventure in the Sacred Valley
  • Trek to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks

Overview

Limited physical access to primary health care is a major factor contributing to the poor health of populations in developing countries, particularly in mountain areas with rugged topography, harsh climates and extensive socioeconomic barriers. Assessing physical access to primary health care is an important exercise for healthcare planners and policy makers. Come to Peru and do hands-on work on campaigns that address this very need: Assess malnutrition in rural areas, work on an ongoing research project in the high Andes, and learn from community health workers operating traveling clinics. This program is a real opportunity to learn about public health as a basic human need, while helping carry out important health campaigns.

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Community Service

Work on a public health research project with high-altitude Andean communities. Observe the natural barriers to access resources faced by rural mountain communities. Through this project, understand why gathering data is critical for implementing sustainable change. In addition, help a local organization deliver campaigns on holistic health and medical awareness, and learn about their traveling clinics which strive to reach communities in the Andes and provide free, quality care that they would otherwise have no access to.

Hands-On Learning

On this foundational global health program, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of health settings and topics that help facilitate an understanding of how diversities and disparities in peoples and places impact human health. Shadow community health workers and learn new medical skills and diagnostic techniques. You’ll see how basic health monitoring works, pick up medical terms in Spanish and listen to a moderated panel discussion of Peruvian health workers. In the evenings, discuss your observations, the cases you’ve witnessed and the first steps you’ll take to increase global access to healthcare.

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Adventure

Cuzco attracts people from around the world to view its astonishingly preserved archaeological sites and architecture. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding region is home to amazing landmarks like the Sacred Valley, which is filled with breathtaking mountain views, traditional Quechua communities, colorful Peruvian clothing, llama farms, salt flats, market towns and ancient ruins. Go on a trek to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins that have mystified and intrigued travelers for decades. Go on an exciting rafting adventure down the steep-walled and scenic river valley.

Lodging

Home Base will be at a community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley. Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.

Dates & Tuition

Foundations of Global Health
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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