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Peru: International Health Adventure in the Sacred Valley- Summer
Ollantaytambo, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2018 03/20/2018
Rolling Admission 05/20/2018 06/03/2018
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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Program Name: Peru: International Health Adventure in the Sacred Valley- Summer Country: Peru
Program Type: Faculty-led, Service Learning Region: South America
Term: Summer City: Ollantaytambo
Academic Fields Available: Health Sciences and Health Professions, Interdisciplinary/ Open to all majors
Program Description:
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About the Peru: International Health Adventure in the Sacred Valley- Summer Program

(Peru' aventura de salud internacional en el Valle Sagrado)

This faculty-led, 3 credit, 2 week educational experience will be a combination of rewarding hard work and pleasure. While in Peru, you will be exposed to the Peruvian culture and learn about the amazing colorful people of the nation. Students will work side by side with prominent community members and other volunteers to promote healthy lifestyle practices. As part of this experience, you will have the opportunity to impact the lifestyle of the rural population in a sustainable manner. The program operates out of the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo and serves the surrounding high country communities.

Students from any discipline who have a desire to serve and improve global health are eligible to apply. There is no GPA requirement and you do not need to know Spanish. The instructor will work with students and the NGO to develop discipline appropriate objectives and service learning experiences within the context of available experiences. 

This program is actively seeking students with computer skills to assist Sacred Valley Health with computerization, Spanish speakers for translation, nursing students, nurses, nurse practitioners, students from other related disciplines and education majors (educational program development).

The experiences within this program include clinic/hospital tours, clinic work, health campaigns in the schools and in the communities, Spanish lessions, tour of Awamaki weaving community, culturally engaging home stays with host families in Ollantaytambo, cultural acclimation in Cusco, day in Machu Picchu, local hiking, local ruins, along with other cultural opportunities.

Selection of students for the trip will be based on a phone or in person interview by Dr. Lawrence from the Department of Nursing at SUNY Brockport. Interested students may contact Dr. Lawrence at with questions. Students interested in learning more about Sacred Valley Health and the organizations work are encouraged to watch the video posted here from YouTube and to visit the organization's website at See pictures of Dr. Lawrence's May 2012 mission trip. Maximum trip capacity 15 students.
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Participants will be staying with a host family. The home stays are an amazing cultural immersion experience. Students will be paired up with other students on the trip to share a home stay room. All homes are considered middle class, shared bathroom, own entrance to room and will share meals with host family. The host family have all attended special training in hospitality. They are well trained in safe food handling and in caring for their home boarders. These host families care for travelers and volunteers year round as part of the sustainable lifestyle program in the region. There will likely be students from other colleges staying at your host home. All host families speak some English.

In Cusco, we will be staying at a hotel called the El Balcon. It is a quaint bed & breakfast located in the heart of the city. It's safe walking distance to the cultural center, shopping, chocolate museum and restaurants.


Fees for Brockport's Summer 2017 Peru: International Health Adventure in the Sacred Valley Program

Undergraduate Summer Program Costs:
$4,021.89 (Estimated) 

  • SUNY International Health Insurance*
  • Campus-specific fees (college fee, technology fee, etc.)**
  • Program acceptance fee
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Round-trip Airfare (NYC to/from Peru)
  • On-site Orientation in Cusco and Hotel Stay
  • Home-Stay Housing
  • Some Meals
  • Group Activities
  • Site Visits & Excursions
  • Program Transportation
  • Spanish Lessons, and
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services

  • Transportation to and from NYC
  • Passport
  • Some meals
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.

Financial aid applies towards fees.

*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice. 
**Campus Fees are paid to the College at Brockport unless you are a student from another SUNY College. Other SUNY students will pay campus fees directly to their SUNY Campus.

Additional Information

There are no vaccines required, elevation sickness is (a) problem for some (it usually responds to Motrin and good hydration), area temperatures vary from 60-70 degrees f during the day to 30-40s f at night (dry season, flowers in full bloom), it's safe, passport is needed (no visa). Below is a sample itinerary.  A detailed itinerary will be available prior to program start date.

Day 1- Arrive in Cusco 
Day 2- Travel to Ollantaytambo
           Meet host family &  Free afternoon    

Day 3- Orientation 

Day 4- Spanish class in morning and SVH Office: Health Campaign Prep in afternoon

Day 5- Spanish class in morning and SVH Office: Health Campaign Prep in afternoon

Day 6- Health Campaign

Day 7- Health Campaign

Day 8- Health Campaign

Day 9- Health Campaign

Day 10- Free  Day

Day 11- Machu Piccu 

Day 12- Depart fir Pisac and Cusco

Day 13- Depart home

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Summer 2017:
July 25 - August 8

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