On this Challenge you will spend two weeks volunteering on a range of health promotion interventions aimed at increasing awareness of key health issues in the Sacred Valley. You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively while being part of a long-term solution to improving overall community health.
If you're studying or have work experience in a field related to nursing, medicine, allied healthcare, public health, biomedicine or science, the Peru Health Promotion Challenge is perfect for you!
You will be volunteering with local community members in the Sacred Valley including school children, teachers and parents to deliver health workshops focusing on essential health and wellbeing topics like basic first-aid, hygiene and sanitation, human anatomy and bodily function, diet and nutrition, mental health, girls and women’s health and non-communicable diseases. These workshops will play a big role in increasing the overall health of the community, as locals will receive the knowledge they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your volunteering days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel. We recommend heading to UNESCO World Heritage city Cusco and making a trip to the infamous Rainbow Mountain!
After your volunteer program you can join our optional extension trip for $800 and embark on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, a truly once in a lifetime experience! On this 5-day trek you'll walk more than 70km and reach an altitude of 4600m above sea level as you make your way to South America's most famous landmark. You'll see Humantay Lake, cross Salkantay Mountain and pass through cloud forests before reaching Machu Picchu for that bucket list moment at the end of your trip!
This program has been really amazing, getting to know the kids and actually leaving a mark in a school in a different country is so cool.Shania Watson - University of Queensland
I had an absolutely amazing time on my trip to Peru. Working with the children was so rewarding, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was the experience of a lifetime and the Amazon extension trip was an incredible ending to the entire adventure. I learned so much from my trip and I am extremely lucky to have had this opportunity.Paige Cobcroft - Griffith University
Volunteering in Peru has been the most amazing, rewarding and at times a challenging experience with an incredible group of people. This little part of the world will always have a place in my heart.Isabella McConaghy - Queensland University of Technology