C.U.R.E. Clinics - Paraguay
About the Trip
Little known, little visited Paraguay is a country of remarkable contrast: it's rustic and sophisticated; it's extremely poor and obscenely wealthy; it boasts with exotic natural reserves and massive human-made dams. It is a place where horses and carts pull up alongside Mercedes-Benz vehicles, artisans' workshops abut glitzy shopping centers, and Jesuit ruins in rural villages lie just a few kilometers from sophisticated colonial towns.
During the 1920's Paraguay tried to populate the region by allowing a series of Mennonite communities emigrate to the Chaco (Western Region). The colonists' hard work and perseverance has created some of Paraguay's most prosperous communities. Throughout their history, the Mennonite colonies have been a focal point for progress in the region.
Our local partner, Fundación Panambi received its first shipment from Project C.U.R.E. in 2012. Since then there have been 3 more shipments. In fall of 2017, our partner was exploring the possibility of sending a container to El Chaco after our fall C.U.R.E. Clinic. During the 2017 C.U.R.E. Clinic, several Lion volunteers from Loma Plata contributed translation services and thus became interested in bringing C.U.R.E. Clinics to their community. During our trip, we will be collaborating with local staff seeing patients and sharing knowledge. The warm and jovial people of Paraguay look forward to welcoming us. We will relish in the transformative work we do as well as fun Paraguayan hospitality, local cuisine, gorgeous sits and charming culture.
All medical specialties and backgrounds are welcome! Our partner specifically requested the following:
- OBGYN services including cervical cancer screening and treatment (Project C.U.R.E. has the supplies)
About the Country
Paraguay is a small (157,000 square miles) country landlocked in the heart of South America. It has a population of approximately 6.3 million people, the vast majority of whom are mestizo (mixed Spanish and indigenous heritage). Paraguay has had a troubled history of war and dictatorship, although both are now in the past. The most recent war was against Bolivia during 1932-1935. The war was costly in terms of life and property, but resulted in Paraguay annexing a significant portion of the Gran Chaco, adding to the northwestern part of the country. Paraguay entered a time of isolation from the outside world during the dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner who took control of the country in 1954. His rule lasted until a coup ousted him in 1989. Since then, the country has opened up to the rest of world by maintaining democracy in their government.
About the Clinics Site
Presidente Franco is a district of the Alto Paraná Department, Paraguay. Aside from rich exports in fruits and vegetables, Presidente Franco District is well known for Saltos del Monday - 45 m tall and 120 m wide waterfall.
Presidente Franco is a border port city in Paraguay, located in the eastern sector of the country, along the Paraná River, Alto Paraná Department. The average annual temperature ranges from 0 °C to 38 °C, averaging 21°C. The highest annual amount of the country's rainfall occurs in the region of Alto Paraná. Very few people travel to Paraguay, therefore the local people are always excited to receive us and our services. You will experience exceedingly high amounts of hospitality and gratitude.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate in a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Paraguay is $1,900. This covers all accommodations, meals, clean water and transportation including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, and tips once in-country. Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions/activities are included. Please note international airfare, alcohol, internet access, laundry and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
Please note that costs associated with obtaining your visa are not included in the program cost. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, with the generous assistance from our partners, we were able to receive a visa fee waiver, leaving the only cost associated with the visa the cost of expedited shipping to and from the Paraguayan Consulate in Miami.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Paraguay. Should you prefer Project C.U.R.E to arrange your international airfare and trip in full, we will put you in touch with our travel agents which will incur an additional fee of $30-$100. Be sure to notify us if you would prefer this option. Suggested flight itinerary will be posted in the near future!
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Your excursion begins as you leave the U.S. on Friday and arrive in Paraguay on Saturday!
Day 2: Sunday we will travel to location by private transport. That evening we will re-pack our medical supplies and prepare for clinics on Monday.
Day 3: Give back to the local community by providing primary medical care on your first clinic day at one of the rural clinic locations. Work with local staff in putting to use the recent supplies sent by Project C.U.R.E.
Day 4: Continue building relationships and providing care in rural clinics.
Day 5: Last full day of working with locals in clinics.
Day 6: Half day of working in clinics followed by traveling back to Asuncion.
Day 7: Tour day! Get to know more of the culture and history of Paraguay!
Day 8: Travel back to your homes on an overnight flight!