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Cusco Mobile Clinic: April 23 – May 1

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Overview

Cusco

Known as the most beautiful city in South America and the gateway to Machu Picchu, Cusco has become the home of a booming tourism industry. Unfortunately, the region’s economy has been hit hard by COVID-19. As borders closed and businesses had no choice but to shut down, many locals were left unemployed and facing an uncertain future. The flow-on effects of the pandemic have been particularly severe for rural communities surrounding Cusco, where many families lived in poverty even before the pandemic. These Indigenous communities are isolated both geographically and linguistically, often only speaking their native tongue of Quechua. Our COVID-19 relief effort helped address the hunger crisis in these communities, but further support is needed to ensure the region’s recovery. Families have relied on agriculture to make a living but their income can be unstable due to heavy rains and earthquakes that can affect their crops. In the rural villages, the roads are often unpaved, schools are stocked with only the most basic teaching supplies, and the closest hospital may be hours away. 

Your Service Learning Trip to Cusco will bring free, high-quality healthcare directly to these rural communities. As you come together with the community to learn, connect, and share, you will certainly have a truly transformative experience in Cusco.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Learn about the challenges faced by rural communities on a Reality Tour
  • Gain experience shadowing healthcare professionals at a Mobile Clinic 
  • Help bring a safe home to families with a renovation project 
  • Build bridges across cultures by connecting with community members

Key Pillars

Service: By volunteering on a Mobile Clinic and Development Project, you’ll directly help bring accessible medical care, health education, and a safer home to the marginalized communities you visit.

Environment: Service Learning Trips are created with sustainability in mind. In Cusco, you may have the opportunity to volunteer on an eco-friendly project like Fuel Efficient Stoves.

Education: Learn about the historical, political, and economic factors that have shaped the realities faced by families. Deepen your knowledge of global health by shadowing healthcare professionals.

Life-changing experiences: Through eye-opening experiences and building human connections, a Service Learning Trip will renew your passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1

Arrival to Cusco

Arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) where a MEDLIFE associate will be waiting for you and other volunteers. Take the day to rest and acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude.

Overnight in Cusco MEDLIFE Hostel

 

 


 

Day 2

Introduction to Cusco

Today you will be able to participate in an optional walking tour of the most beautiful city in South America, led by a MEDLIFE Trip Leader.

Overnight in Cusco MEDLIFE Hostel

 


 

Day 3

Reality Tour

Today head out on a full-day Cusco Reality Tour that will help get you oriented to the geographical, political, and social realities of the region. During the tour, you will visit various districts of Cusco. Along the way, we will discuss the relationship between poverty and education and learn about the Peruvian healthcare system.

Overnight in Cusco MEDLIFE Hostel

 


 

Day 4-7

Mobile Clinic 

From Tuesday to Thursday, you will participate in Medical Mobile Clinics held in various communities in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival, volunteers will unpack all medical supplies from the bus and meet the health professionals who they will be shadowing that day. As many as 200+ patients may pass through the Mobile Clinic throughout the day!

Overnight in Cusco MEDLIFE Hostel

 


 

Day 7

Healthy Homes Development Project

The final day of the Service Learning Trip will be spent in the Sacred Valley, volunteering on MEDLIFE’s Healthy Homes Development Project in a partner community. Projects may include activities such as constructing corn dryers, building efficient fuel stoves, renovating homes, and more.

Overnight in Cusco MEDLIFE Hostel

 


 

Day 8

Continue Exploring!

Explore more of Peru by adding an optional Epic Trip to your itinerary. This week-long adventure will take you to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu before heading deep into the Amazon rainforest for a stay at an eco-friendly lodge. As an alternative for those short on time, we also have day trip options. Choose from incredible sites like Machu Picchu, Lake Humantay, and Rainbow Mountain!

MEDLIFE Extensions

If there are no MEDLIFE extensions listed below or if you have already registered for this trip and would like to add MEDLIFE extensions to your campaign, email us at [email protected] with the extension you are interested in. All extensions can be found at Good Life Expeditions but please note they may not be available for this particular trip.