Sacred Valley Region - Urubamba and Andean Villages
April 20 - May 3, 2019
Peru healthcare collapsed during the 80's result of the hyperinflation and terrorism. Today, despite the measures that Peru made to make strides in their healthcare, vast differences still exist between middle-income and poor citizens. The infant mortality rates in Peru remain high considering its level of income. These rates go up significantly when discussing the poor. In general, Peru’s poorest citizens are subject to unhealthy environmental conditions, decreased access to health services, and typically have lower levels of education. Because of environmental issues such as poor sanitation and vector infestation, higher occurrences of communicable diseases are usually seen among such citizens.
Project Helping Hands has been providing primary healthcare and preventive education to more than 15.000 patients in the last 7 years. Our program is focus on providing medical/dental care and health education to local community members and community leaders. We at PHH help fill this need by bringing medical volunteers for clinical care and health education in rural areas. Please volunteer to join our all-inclusive deployment or make a donation on our team donation page. Our last two teams in 2018 were able to treat 3600 patients and hold educational seminars. We are proud of the work done in 2018 in the region and are excited for you to help us build upon this success
We work in collaboration with the Lama Pack Project, community schools in the region of Urubamba, and what ever existing local healthcare providers are available to the communities, providing as much support and training as possible.
Click here to learn more about the healthcare in Peru/Unicef
Team Leader: Pat Bergey-Wunz
"Hi! I am Pat Wunz. I am a recently retired RN and I have been on 5 missions with Project Helping Hands to various parts of the world. This will be my first time leading a mission and I am looking forward to the experience. The area around Urubamba and Sacred Valley is beautiful. Recently a trip to this area served over 1500 people who have had little to no health care in the past. I feel that health education is the key to improving their health now and for the future, so that is what I am hoping to focus on for the trip. I hope you will consider joining us on this wonderful adventure to not only help others, but experience a beautiful country and culture"
If you have any questions about this team, please feel free to contact Pat.
Partner Host: LLama Pack Project - Peru
The team will depart mainland on April 20th arriving at Lima Airport the same day. The next day April 21st the team will fly Cusco . Once the trip is finalized the team will leave Lima on May 3rd arriving home the same day.
During the High Andes portion of the work the team will have van transportation to some communities, and when/if traveling to communities with limited or no road access will trek in carrying their backpacks with personal supplies/bedding. Llama support will be available to carry the medical and kitchen supplies if needed. If we are able to drive to all communities, those who wish will have opportunity to hike between two of the High Andes communities, estimated to be about 5 miles.
During the Urubamba based portion, the team will travel out and back to nearby clinic sites. Some will be easy walking distance and others will require van transportation to (or at least near to) that day's planned clinic.
Team members will fly into Lima, Peru where they will spend the first night of their trip at a local Hostal.
The following morning the team will fly from Lima to Cuzco and be transported to Urubamba by van, which is approximately two hours away in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Upon arrival in Urubamba we will settle into the "Llama Pack" backpackers hostel which will serve as our home base for the next ten days. Then after an orientation meeting the team will spend the rest of their first day in Urubamba organizing supplies in preparation for the first clinic.
The team will travel to some remote communities during our work, where they will have incredible sight-seeing opportunities.
After the trip there will be an optional activity to Machu Picchu Ruins and the city of Cusco available to team members. Please visit click on Machu Picchu Extension trip for more information.
- Physical requirements: Team members will be exposed to heat and high humidity during the day. Volunteers are expected to help with carrying of supplies each day from the hotel.
- Amount of in Country travel: Extensive - team members will travel via vans or 4wd suv's once they arrive at our base in Urubamba. For a portion of the trip the team will be based out of the Backpacker Hostel and travel out and back each day. For a three to five day segment of the trip the team will be working in the high Andes (altitude of 12k to 14k ft.) traveling either in vans or possibly with packs on their backs and using Llamas to haul the supplies.
- Sleeping arrangements: Accommodations will vary from sleeping at the hostel in bunk beds or community buildings on the floor in sleeping bags with your backpacking pad. (members must bring cold weather sleeping bags and backpacker pads).
- Running water/electricity: Will be available at the Llama Pack Hostel. Some clinic locations may not have electricity but the team will carry sufficient water for drinking/cooking purposes. You may experience some days without access to shower facilities. Wi-Fi available while in Llama Pack Hostel,it works fine but local service is not continuous and there may be times where internet is really slow or not even available.
- Physical Requirements: There will be an extensive amount of walking/hiking on this trip and team members are strongly encouraged to be in good to excellent physical condition. You may be hiking into some clinic locations carrying backpacks with your personal gear though the heavier bulk of team/clinic supplies will be carried by Llamas. Team members will assist in lifting medicine bags or other luggage into vehicles, packing the Llamas or onto clinic tables/benches. This trip has two mountain treks to get to the communities.
- Climate: Daytime temperatures are mild in the 70's and nights rather cold (near the point of freezing while in the high Andes). The weather should be mostly dry with the possibility of an ocassional rain shower/thunder storm. Team members are encouraged to dress in layers as the mornings and evenings are rather cool. Weather can go from being extremely hot to extremely cold and windy or even rainy. Also, UV radiation here is extremely high, it is recommended you always are protected from the sun, even if it is cloudy.
- Altitude: Segments of this trip will include travel and working in high altitude (up to 14,000') locations. Our base camp in Urubamba is at approximately 8,500' elevation. The team will take it easy the first day. This will help to adjust quicker and prevent the annoying effects of altitude sickness.
The primary focus for this team is to provide general health care and health education services. We seek licensed health care professionals including but not limited to the following!
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Assistants
- EMS Personnel
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
We also welcome students, translators and non-medical volunteers to participate in our deployment.
Team Size: 15 (Team status)
Application Due Date: Extended