Global Health Team #PERUC108GH

COUNTRY: Peru: Coastal Route

ARRIVAL: October 8, 2016
DEPARTURE: October 19, 2016
COST: $1995

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Team #PERUC108GH will be working in developing communities in Peru to provide Global Health services to those in need. While in Peru, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are interdisciplinary and able to provide a variety of general medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, and nutrition services in developing communities. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our teams work in various settings to provide field clinics in which patient needs are assessed and acute conditions are treated.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only interactively observe health professionals in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of health care under careful supervision. Our holistic approach makes ISL’s global health teams ideal for students of the health professions at all education levels.

Peru: Coastal Route

The narrow desert belt of Peru’s Pacific coastline stretches the length of the country and harbors fishing villages, beautiful beaches, agricultural lands, and Peru’s major towns and cities, including the capital of Lima. The amazing Andes Mountains separate the arid coastline from the lush Amazon Basin. The ecologically rich tropical rain forests of the Amazon encompass some of the world’s most remote and least explored areas. The Amazon Basin is also home to millions of indigenous highland people, who speak the ancient Inca language of Quechua and live in traditional villages with steeply terraced agricultural fields and wandering herds of llamas and alpacas.

Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru. With a population approaching 9.5 million, Lima is the fourth largest city in all of the Americas. ISL teams work in developing communities in and around the city after taking seminars on tropical disease, vital signs, physical exams, public health surveys, and medical Spanish.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

Activity Information

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.


The Peru pre-health and health teams are general medicine teams provided with opportunities for experience in the medical, nursing, public health, pharmaceutical, and sometimes optometry and dental fields.  All medical experiences are professionally supervised. Seminars and/or field experiences will be offered through house and village clinics.  Students receive clinical training, as well as training in traditional medicine, appropriate Spanish, and other subjects of interest as indicated by the team itself.

In order for a team to offer dental experience, there must be at least 6-8 dental students on the team. If you are interested in traveling on a team that offers dental experience, check the team schedule site or contact ISL  by email.

Sample of Typical Day

6:30  am: Wake up and get ready

7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: Leave for clinic

9:00 am: Set up clinic and begin work

5:00 pm: Pack up clinic

6:00 pm: Arrive back at camp and eat dinner or go out for dinner

7:00 pm: Seminar, suture, movie night, night out, etc.

10:00 pm: Bedtime

Sample Itinerary for 2 Week Peru – Iquitos or Arequipa Team

Day one: Travel to Lima (LIM).  It is the students’ responsibility to get themselves to Lima, ISL covers airfare from that point. Picked up from airport, exchange money, buy phone cards, settle into hotel.

Day two: Orientation and training at the hotel.

Day three: Village triage/house visits/screenings/health surveying in a community in or around Lima.

Day four: Clinic day in the same community.

Day five: Clinic day in the same community.

Day six: Day for rest and recreation.

Day seven: Share with the community day.

Day eight: Fly to Iquitos or Arequipa. (ISL covers airfare to and from Iquitos or Arequipa.) Tour of the city/area. Settle into hotel.

Day nine: Village triage/house visits/screenings/health surveying in a community in Iquitos or Arequipa.

Day ten: Clinic day in the same community.

Day eleven: Clinic day in the same community.

Day twelve: Day for rest and recreation.

Day thirteen: Fly back to Lima.

Day fourteen: Travel to airport and fly home.


  1. This schedule may change due to the difficult logistical conditions of our travel and service sites.  Consider it a rough draft only.

  2. Briefings and debriefing will be held daily when possible.

  3. As per the program outline, students will be responsible for an average of one meal per day.

  4. The first few days will be more closely scheduled in order to accomplish the many start-up and training tasks required of this expedition.  Once we’re in the field, scheduling necessarily becomes more fluid, depending on circumstances.