Cusco, Peru

Partner: A Broader View Volunteers
Specialties Needed: EMT’s, Medical & Dental Students, Nurses, and many others
Program Cost & Application Fee: $960
Estimated Economy Airfare: $1200

About A Broader View Volunteers: A Broader View is a USA based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They offer a unique medical immersion experience for volunteers with flexible dates and length of trips. Volunteers can choose trips that range from one week to two months. Spanish language immersion options are available as well. Finding a location, project, and date to volunteer with these projects is up to the individual and A Broader View is available to help individuals and groups navigate this process.

About the country: Cusco Peru is known as the undisputed historic capital of the Inca empire. Cusco also serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous sights on the South American continent. Situated at 3,400 m (11,150 ft), Cusco is a beautiful city of whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, and soaring churches nestled in a fertile mountain basin. Although in recent years Peru has benefited from a rise in tourism that offers some economic relief, millions of Peruvians live below the poverty line. More than half of the country’s people struggle to survive. Close to one fourth of the population lives in extreme poverty. In recent decades there has been measures taken to reduce disparities between classes, but vast difference still exists. High infant mortality rates, poor sanitation, higher occurrences of communicable diseases are all issues facing the country of Peru.

About the project: A Broader View partners with local hospital directors and local health centers in Cusco. ABV’s partnership-based model in Cusco Peru provides healthcare support with community outreach programs and preventative health education. Outreach locations include a woman’s abuse shelter, an all girl’s orphanage, disabled children’s residential care facility and rural communities outside of the city. In and around Cusco, many people struggle daily to have enough to eat, they do not have adequate shelter, they have limited access to freshwater and often there is no sewage system. In Peru, women are still dying in childbirth. Children under 5 are dying due to malnutrition. Some children are not safe, and some are being exploited and abused. People cannot gain access to professional doctors and medical supplies. Many families do not have the skills to keep themselves healthy. Families are struggling to grow basic subsistence crops.

ABV Programs Include: Homestay accommodations, 3 meals per day, airport transfers on arrival/departure in Cusco Peru, cultural activities and optional tours available.

If you are interested in more information or are thinking about applying for this trip, please contact the Making a Difference Foundation staff through the button below or call us at 866.608.1322.