Global Health Volunteer: Huancayo, Peru
- A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
1 person is interested
About the Community
Located in Peru's central highlands, Huancayo is a culturally vibrant city surrounded by small artisan towns. Its hiking trails and nightlife make it a popular destination for visitors. It is rich in Andean culture and has a more heavily native population than the more pan-Latino coast. Despite the rich culture and tourism opportunities, a large portion of the population still lives in poverty. The most common health issues in Huancayo are a direct result of the lack of access to clean water, sanitary living conditions and proper nutrition.
The goal of FIMRC in Huancayo, Peru is to provide a unique perspective into the medical system, as well as provide unique education opportunities to different populations and institutions. As a result, Huancayo is unique in that volunteers will gain exposure to public hospitals and clinics rather than a FIMRC clinic, offering a unique glimpse into systems of medicine vastly different from those in the US. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to support orphanages and smaller government clinics on health education initiatives and addressing issues that are otherwise ignored, such as dental health.
The nature of the volunteer mission to Peru will vary depending on the number of volunteers in each group, the seasonal timing of the mission, the length of the volunteer trip, medical expertise and training, as well as the current needs of the community and clinic.
If you are interested in traveling to Huancayo for a longer trip of four to eight weeks, please consider the Summer International Health Fellowship Program. This is an annual program running for two consecutive month-long sessions to provide an immersive experience to those interested in health professions.
FIMRC’s site in Huancayo is currently able to accommodate individual and group volunteers. Please contact us today with your preferred dates!
We'll work with your schedule.
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