C.U.R.E. Clinics - Peru
About the Trip
Join Project C.U.R.E. as we visit the surrounding communities of Cajamarca for our second trip to Peru! Newmont Mining has partnered with Project C.U.R.E. to bring health and hope to the communities surrounding the Yanacocha Mine. Travel with us as we embark on an excursion where travel meets purpose. Visit the beautiful country of Peru; experience the local culture and culinary delights while practicing Spanish, learning about health conditions of the local community and providing healthcare and healthcare education.
2016 C.U.R.E. Clinics volunteers paved the way for 2017. Conditions associated with living at altitude were prominent in these communities. This year we will deliver sunglasses during our clinics as well as educate on hydration at altitude and how it relates to fatigue and recurring headaches. Additional topics may be included depending on the volunteer clinics team specialties.
Peru, in western South America, extends for nearly 1,500 mi (2,414 km) along the Pacific Ocean. Colombia and Ecuador are to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Five-sixths the size of Alaska, Peru is divided by the Andes Mountains into three sharply differentiated zones. To the west is the coastline, much of it arid, extending 50 to 100 mi inland. The mountain area, with peaks over 20,000 ft, lofty plateaus, and deep valleys, lies centrally. Beyond the mountains to the east is the heavily forested slope leading to the Amazonian plains.
The most important town in the northern highlands, Cajamarca is cradled in a languid valley and stonewalled by brawny mountains in every direction. Descending into the vale by road, Cajamarca’s field of red-tile-roofed homes demonstrates a secret desire to cling to its village roots. Fertile farmland carpets the entire valley and Cajamarca’s streets belong as much to the wide-brimmed-hat-wielding campesinos (peasants) bundled in brightly colored scarves, as the young city slickers who frequent the boutique restaurants and bars. In the colonial center, majestic churches border the capacious Plaza de Armas. From here, once-decadent baroque mansions spread out along the narrow streets, many enclosing elegant hotels and fine restaurants.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Peru is $1000. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). 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, visa fees, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. t-shirt, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Peru. The team leader will meet you in the baggage claim area of the Cajamarca airport and from there you will travel together to your accommodations. Find suggested flight itineraries here. Should you prefer Project C.U.R.E to arrange your international airfare and trip in full, this is available for a surcharge of $100, in addition to the cost of airfare. Be sure to notify us if you would prefer this option.
Day 1: Your adventure begins as you depart the USA for Peru! Fly through the night to your first stop in the capital city.
Day 2: We’ll stay in Lima for a day of site seeing. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful cultural town of Lima; also know as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes. We’ll get to know one another before the hard work begins!
Day 3: Today we’ll sort medical supplies, discuss expectations and choose roles for our first day of clinics. In the afternoon we’ll fly to Cajamarca, meet our hosts and get unpacked. After dinner together we’ll make our plan for the first day of clinics.
Day 4: Time to rock and roll! The first day of clinics is already here. We will set up the clinic and get ready to see many patients who have been waiting for our arrival.
Day 5: The second day of clinics has us starting to figure out how to run the process more smoothly. Make friends with Peruvians who are helping us out and have your translator teach you some new words while you work!
Day 6: Today we will take the time to educate the community with a Community Health Fair. About 200 families will pass through the health fair to learn about the importance of tooth brushing, washing hands, nutrition and wound care.
Day 7: Get read for the last day of clinics! Here’s where you get the chance to put it all together. You’ve met so many people and learned about their health needs. On this last day of clinics we’ll put all of that to work for us as we see patients.
Day 8: You have been working in the gorgeous town for days. Now let’s explore it! Cajamarca has a great history and architecture that dates back to the Inca.
Day 9: We’ll take our time today and get ready to fly out. Fly back to Lima and then on to the U.S. Take pictures, memories, new friends and new words with you as you reminisce on all the good you were able to accomplish while soaking in a different culture.