What is the Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes project all about?
Come to Peru and volunteer on a global health and nutrition project in the Andes. Work with a project that reaches out to the rural communities around Cusco to provide health support. In high altitude rural communities the reliance on potato crops results in high levels of malnutrition, and lack of general health education leads to many easily avoidable problems. Work alongside a rural nurse visiting villages to provide workshops, education sessions and help to run a feeding program within the schools. Global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes is a great way to support local efforts to improve the quality of lives in the extended Cusco area.
Why choose this Global Health & Nutrition Volunteering project?
For local communities, the ability to learn about health issues and ways to live healthier lifestyles within a local context gives people the ability to take control of their well-being. The feeding program not only provides a nutritious meal for children, but teaches communities what they need to cook for themselves, as well as help them set up greenhouses in which to grow more diverse produce. Workshops in areas from dental hygiene to sexual health provide additional knowledge. For volunteers with any background in health, the sharing of their knowledge can provide great long-term benefits for the communities, while providing an immersive experience and insight into the health challenges of Andean families.
Role of the Healthcare Volunteer
Volunteers on this projects will work alongside the community nurse preparing and delivering health workshops to the communities. Those with a nutrition background will focus on the feeding program, and help is needed to develop new recipes from cheap and available local ingredients. Those with nursing or medical backgrounds can help with clinics and home visits, especially to those families with disabled or elderly members. Those with other health skills will work to shape their placement. A medical clinic runs twice a year in June and October and volunteers can get involved with these if working during this period.
What skills do I need to be a Healthcare Volunteer in the Andes?
This project requires a few specific skills for participation. An intermediate level of Spanish (level B1 Independent User on the CEFR) is required to communicate with patients and community members. A background in any field of health or nutrition is also requested. Your level and area of knowledge will shape your placement, so please discuss this with our advisors. The placement is especially looking for nurses, nutritionists, dental practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists and health educators as you can pass on their knowledge in an educational capacity. Qualified professionals and students in the fields stated are welcome to apply as this is a non-hands on or treatment placement. Professional registration with the Peruvian Medical Council is not required.
Volunteers will need to be happy working in a small team or independently where needed, but will always be accompanied by a nurse on community visits. Communities are found 1-3 hours outside the city and will require travel on public and private transport to carry out the work. You will be asked to attend a telephone interview before being accepted onto this project and to provide a full CV/Resume.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help improve well being in Peruvian communities
Teach communities about the importance of healthy lifestyles
To visit the breathtaking Machu Picchu
Where will I work in Peru?
Cusco is the the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and its legacy as the seat of the Inca Empire is apparent. Considered the capital of the Sacred Valley region, it is a tourist hotspot and the starting point for the Machu Picchu trail. You will be based here, living with homestay family, but day-to-day will travel by public transport to Pisac, 30 minutes from Cusco, where the programs offices are based. When visiting communities, you will travel deep into the Andes and see towns rarely visited by foreigners.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1343 / $2096 for 4 weeks
£306 / $477 per week for additional weeks.
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cusco, Peru
- Working hours: Flexible working hours/ day available Monday – Sunday between 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on- site coordinators
- Excursions: Staff can help you to plan extra activities for your spare time and weekends off
What is not included
- Extra Spanish classes are available for £85/$149 for 10 hours. Please contact us for more information about booking
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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